allegations of homosexuality

anonymous asked:

My guess is he removed it because of the military, two guys have just been sentenced to jail in SK for being gay, just because he's a celebrity doesn't mean he's safe, it might even make it more dangerous for him. Tabi might even have been the one to warn him, he is in the police unit after all and they are the ones that would be responsible for investigating allegations of homosexuality. Not that Top is a homophobe, quite opposite (in case anyone misunderstands me).

This is so fucked up like military is mandatory yet you go to jail if you’re gay then what is that person supposed to do?!?! Also having that tattoo doesn’t make him gay ughh if this is because of military I feel so sad for him the pain he must be going through for this bullshit 😤

anonymous asked:

was barron von steuben gay? a while ago someone told me he was and he was kicked out of the army because of it

Here, I made a presentation that includes this. But yes! He was gay!

Baron von Steuben was one of the first cases of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.“ 

Benjamin Franklin learned of a "brilliant Prussian” military genius, Lt. Gen. Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, who had a string of successes across Germanic Europe. There was a problem- he’d been asked to depart many of those states and countries because of his “affections for members of his own sex,”.

Then in 1777 von Steuben literally escaped imprisonment in what is now Germany and traveled to Paris. There, Franklin was interviewing candidates to assist Washington back in the colonies when his fellow Colonial representative Silas Deane brought von Steuben to his residence for an interview.

During the process, Franklin discovered von Steuben’s reputation for having “affections” with males and the issue became pressing, as members of the French clergy demanded the French court, as in other countries, take action against this sodomite, whom they considered a pedophile. 

Those allegations were fueled by von Steuben’s close ties to Prince Henry and Frederick the Great, also “widely rumored to be homosexual.”

Franklin decided von Steuben’s expertise was more important to the colonies than his sexuality. Along with Franklin and Deane, and personal friends of the baron: Pierre Beaumarchais, author of the “Figaro” plays and an arms dealer who supplied arms for the ship von Steuben eventually sailed on, and Claude Louis, Comte de Saint-Germain, the minister of war under Louis XVI. What the letter didn’t mention was that he was about to be arrested and appear before judges in France.

“It has come to me from different sources that M. de Steuben is accused of having taken familiarities with young boys, which the laws forbid and punish severely. I have even been informed that that is the reason why M. de Steuben was obliged to leave Hechingen and that the clergy of your country intend to prosecute him by law as soon as he may establish himself anywhere.”

Washington rewarded von Steuben with a house at Valley Forge, which he shared with his aide-de-camps Capt. William North and Gen. Benjamin Walker. Walker lived with him through the remainder of his life, and von Steuben, who neither married nor denied any of the allegations of homosexuality, left his estate to North and Walker. His last will and testament has been described as a love letter to Walk and has been purported to describe their “extraordinarily intense emotional relationship,”.

Adding to that were the constant rumors about his sexuality, which by 1790, reached one of the revolution’s first families, the Adamses of Massachusetts.

Charles, the son of John and Abigail Adams- was what today would be called the black sheep of the family. His biggest problem was alcoholism but, as revealed in letters among the various members of the family, the Adamses had other concerns.

“There are references to [Charles’] alleged proclivity for consorting with men whom his parents regarded as unsavory.” One of these men was von Steuben. Charles had become infatuated with and adored Von Steuben. It is clear from the family letters that the Adamses were concerned about a relationship between Charles and the baron. Von Steuben’s sexuality was an open secret, one that he himself never challenged, other than to ask Washington to defend his moral character. But John Mulligan another one of Baron von Steuben’s “boys” was extremely close with Charles. 

It was von Steuben, a gay man, who played a giant role in not only the creation of American military, but the idea of military academies, a standing Army and even veterans organizations. As said by many: if George Washington was the father of the nation, then von Steuben, a gay man, was the father of the United States military.

1.09 D.Gray FM

disclaimer: Mod knows nothing of modern British radio. Forgive me. Also, this is pure crack. And AU. Deep apologies to mobile users, for this is hella long.

[ Allen and Alma are playing some sort of video game next door, and Kanda is trying to tune them out, but damn their voices are annoying. Kanda bangs on his side of the wall. ]

Kanda: Oi! You two, shut the hell up!

Alma: But we’re having so much fun!

Allen: I’m so sorry you’re so allergic to the sounds of delight!

Alma: Come join us, Yuu!

Allen: Yeah, come over! I’m confident that I could beat you in every round of this game.

Kanda: Piss off!

Allen: Your loss!

Kanda: Hmph.

[ Kanda tunes the radio to find a channel to drown out their giggles and laughter. ]

radio: bzzz——ttttt

[ Tuning…. ]

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Kanda: Hm. Damn… I missed it.

Tyki: And that was a request by Krory from Sussex. And now for our afternoon segment by yours truly, Sir Tyki Mikk!

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Lavi: Good afternoon, mates! I’m the one who framed Roger Rabbit!

Kanda: what the actual fuck

Lavi: On this lovely day of hiatus, we are nearly a week until the next issue of SQ is released!

Tyki: Our segments today include an iterview with the author of the new cookbook, Howard Link’s New Pies and Tarts!

(Allen: Did I hear “pies and tarts”?!)
(Alma: Haha! Right hook! I win!)

Lavi: As well as news coverage on the on-going nations-wide search for Hoshino Katsura, the author of the hit comedy series, D.Gray-man!

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[ Kanda tries to change the channel, but the knob falls off. ]

Kanda: FUCK!
[ After failing to re-attach it, he flings it to the wall. ]

Tyki: Now, without further ado…!

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I seriously wish that more wlw, even those who don’t read comics, were aware of Kate Kane (Batwoman). For a lot of reasons, including yes that it would be nice if she were popular enough to keep her own book, but also because of her origins.

Katherine “Kathy” Kane/Batwoman was created in 1956 as a love interest for Batman to combat allegations of homosexuality. After a couple of decades when I guess she was no longer useful they decided to rewrite canon so that Batwoman didn’t ever exist.

Fast forward to 2006. Kate Kane is reintroduced as Batwoman with a completely different backstory. Including that she is a lesbian. And had dated Renee Montoya (who, by the way, is a far better character in the comics than on “Gotham”. Far, far better, but maybe that’s just me. *cough* Gotham Central *cough*). And also Maggie Sawyer is a lesbian. And at present she and Kate are engaged.

TL; DR: Batwoman went from having been created solely for the purpose of NO HOMO to being a very out lesbian who was kicked out of the military while it was still under DADT because she refused to lie about it. That to me is important.

anonymous asked:

best gay comic book character?

I’ll adjust this question a tad to: “Best LGBTQA superhero?” My expertise is obviously superhero characters, and now we’ve covered the entire spectrum of queer. Now, the best queer superhero? The answer is actually really easy: Batwoman.

*disclaimer: I am a DC fan and my knowledge of Marvel is limited, and even my knowledge of Batwoman herself is not up to date.*

Sadly, it’s really not even a contest. Granted, she really doesn’t have much competition. At DC especially. I’d say her biggest competitors are Wiccan and Hulkling at Marvel. And then after them it’s Renee Montoya. Correct me if I’m wrong, but off the top of my head, I’m pretty sure Batwoman is the only openly queer superhero to ever have a mainstream ongoing title. And even if I’ve forgotten someone, hers is undeniably the most successful.

Anyway, so Batwoman/Kate Kane is awesome. And she’s especially awesome because she is everything a lesbian superhero or queer character should be. Firstly, she is a character. She isn’t just “DC’s token lesbian character,” she’s not a stereotype, and most importantly, she has consistently been written with respect, depth, and been given actual plots and directions. And that really hasn’t been done many other places. Most gay superhero characters are members of teams and are back up plots. Batwoman has the luxury of having her own series to actually explore her character and be fleshed out.

Secondly, her lesbianism is important but not overshadowing. The thing with including LGBT characters as opposed to characters of color, is that you can’t immediately visually distinguish if a character is gay. There needs to be some storytelling in order to “out” characters. And in a lot of cases in media in general maybe not necessarily in comics (since it’s so rarely addressed) when characters are “the gay character” that’s all they become, and that’s all their character or story is. And while sexual identity is an important part of who a person is, it is not the entirety of their identity. And Batwoman’s story, in my opinion, does a good job of balancing that. She’s a superhero that deals with justice, crime bibles, and the evil twin sisters, but she also had to deal with being dishonorably charged from the military because of her sexuality and she has romantic relationships with women.

Thirdly, she is a superhero. A lot of queer characters in comics are supporting or minor characters that are often civilians. Kyle Rayner’s friend Terry, Holly Robinson was just Catwoman’s buddy (though she was Catwoman for like a minute), Maggie Sawyer was just a cop in Metropolis and later Gotham, Alysia Yeoh is just Batgirl’s roommate, and even Renee Montoya was just another detective on the GCPD before she became the Question. And even the other superheroes that are gay are just back up players. Batwoman is a superhero. Even though she wears the Bat, she’s very much her own character. She is a heroic, protagonist in her own story. And I think that’s incredibly important.

Fourth, Irony. The original Batwoman was created to dispel myths of Batman/Robin’s alleged homosexual relationship, and here she is years later, revived as the best gay character in comics. Sweet, sweet irony.

Batwoman has been fortunate enough to get creators and stories that respect her, and treat her like a character and that is shockingly rare for LGBT characters. We’ve seen more new LGBT characters being included in mainstream comics in recent years, an uphill battle for sure, but hopefully we get the chance to see more non-straight characters step into an actual spotlight.

Strangers: Homosexual Love in The Nineteenth Century by Graham Robb

I always loved nineteenth century and was interested in homosexuality, so when I saw that book in the online shop I couldn’t resist. And I don’t regret buying it.

It’s a very complex cross section of 19th century queer world (with bits about 20th century as well), showing different approaches and attitudes towards the subject in question. We can read about the criminal records and punishment of homosexuals, medical approach to the “disease”, religious stance (some good arguments against contemporary homophobes included) and also about homosexuals ordinary lives. The last section touches upon ‘alleged’ homosexuality of Auguste Dupin and Sherlock Holmes, which is nice. Even if you don’t agree, such reading cannot be entirely dismissised for lack of evidence.

The author didn’t forget about lesbians, so hurrah for him. He also used accessible language, so even though it’s a scientific text, the vocabulary doesn’t make it unnecessary convoluted. You don’t have to have a degree in English to enjoy this book. I recommend it to all people interested in the queer history.