Ivan Massow and the white gay male intersectional deficit

A gay politicians breathtaking cluelessness…

The Queerness

Ivan Massow, the 1990s poster boy of gay respectability politics, has raised his head above the parapet once more. Lee Williscroft-Ferris takes issue.


Back in the 1990s, when I was beginning to make sense of being gay, Ivan Massow was something of a poster boy for the nascent ‘gay respectability’ movement. Centuries of castigation and persecution had finally given way to limited legal ‘tolerance’ and by the 1980s, gay men had come to be perceived by many as sexually liberal, promiscuous even. Unbound by the social expectations of monogamous marriage and childbearing that were the domain of our straight brethren at that time, it’s fair to say that gay men were, in some respects, making some progress.

Then came the AIDS panic and the consequent reactionary policies of the Thatcher government. Suddenly, sexually active gay men were irresponsible, decadent, to be feared. In Massow, the gay media found the perfect…

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