My g-d ... I'm sure Brian was more than aware of his place in the "social hierarchy" of his time ... after all, he grew up during World War II, and the English and Germans held quite the same opinions of people ... No wonder he was unable to shake his feelings of inferiority!
From the Gay Kingdom website
In 1935 Hitler revised the German Law, Paragraph 175, prohibiting homosexuality, by including kissing, embracing, and gay fantasies as well as sexual acts. Convicted offenders-- an estimated 25,000 from 1937 to 1939 --were sent to prison and later transferred to concentration camps. They were to be sterilized, most often by castration. Hitler changed his policy on homosexuality to include death in 1942.
Concentration camp prisoners were designated into groups by colored inverted triangles. Which set up a social hierarchy among prisoners. A green triangle marked the wearer as a regular criminal.; a red triangle denoted a political prisoner. Two yellow overlapping triangles forming a Star of David denotes Jewish prisoners. The Pink Triangle was for homosexuals.
A yellow Star of David under a superimposed Pink Triangle represented Gay Jewish prisoners-- by the social hierarchy, the lowest of all prisoners.
When the war was finally over, many homosexuals remained prisoners in the camps until 1969* when Paragraph 175 was repealed in West Germany.
The Pink Triangle was adopted by many Gay rights groups in the 1970s. Because, it draws attention to the oppression and persecution -- then and now.
In the 80s, ACT-UP (Aids Coalition To Unleash Power) started using a Pink Triangle that pointed up, to signify an active fight back , rather than a passive resignation to fate. Today , for many, the Pink Triangle represents Pride and Solidarity...Convicted offenders, an estimated 25,000.
*1969 was the year I graduated high school! And homosexuals were still prisoners until then?!?!?! OMFG.
...And another little story from a French blog called dibrazza.viabloga.com/ and auto-translated by Google, then that auto-translation was cleaned up by me.
"BUT YOU WERE JUST A LOVER LEONARD MATLOVICH"
"Leonard Matlovitch, who died of AIDS in 1991, was discharged by the American army in 1975 after having declared his homosexuality. He had an exemplary career: he had gone voluntarily to Viet Nam three times. (...) He voted for Goldwater and had planted an American flag of 5m in his garden. He came from a conservative family and was raised Catholic, where one did not speak about sex; but at 30 years of age he lost his virginity in the arms of a man.
"A good soldier, Leonard Matlovitch had been a medal-holder for having killed two men. After the lawsuit which he had to undergo, and that he lost, he became a significant character in the fight for recognition of the rights of homosexuals in the United States.
"By his request, this was engraved on his tomb: 'A Gay VietNam Veteran. When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.'"
COLIN SPENCER - Histoire de l'Homosexualité de l'antiquité à nos jours. Le Pré aux Clercs.