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Strange Love (Depeche Mode)

"Strangelove
Strange highs and strange lows
Strangelove
Thats how my love goes
Strangelove
Will you give it to me"

The books

According to a new book, musician John Lennon once sought a sexual relationship with Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney.
McCartney and Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, are reportedly outraged by the claim, and Ono has withdrawn her endorsement of the book, Philip Norman's John Lennon: In the Life.
JOHN LENNON also fantasized about having sex with his mother Julia when he was about 14, according to a leaked audio diary which it is claimed he recorded a year before his death. The audio - recorded on September 5 1979 - was passed to The Sun by a friend of Philip Norman.
The Lives of John Lennon is a 1988 biography of musician John Lennon by American author Albert Goldman. Goldman went into detail about the alleged homosexual affair between Lennon and The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, as well as a number of Lennon's liaisons with other men, including a claim that he solicited underage male prostitutes in Thailand. This greatly angered Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney. Other celebrities who'd known Lennon personally, including Geraldo Rivera and Tom Snyder, largely expressed an attitude of "Interesting story! Who's it about? That's not the man I knew."

Holden Caulfield
(adapted from Studyworld)

There is a scene in The Catcher in the Rye in which the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, is deeply distressed by the fact that he thinks his teacher, Mr Antolini, is a homosexual trying to have an affair with him. After Mr. Antolini patted Holden on the head while he was sleeping, Holden jumped up and ran out thinking that Mr. Antolini was a pervert. This is the only time during the novel where Holden thinks twice about considering someone as a pervert. After reviewing Mr. Antolini, Holden finally concludes that maybe he wasn't making a "flitty" pass at him. Maybe he just likes patting guys' heads as they sleep. This is really the only time in the novel where Holden actually considers a positive side.

The Song

Jailhouse Rock" is a song that first became a hit for Elvis Presley. The song was first released as a 45rpm single on September 24, 1957, to coincide with the release of Presley's motion picture, Jailhouse Rock. "Jailhouse Rock" was performed regularly in a medley along with many old rock and roll hits by Queen and was the opening song on Queen's 1980 North American tour for The Game. As noted by Rolling Stone magazine parts of the lyrics in which the prisoners flirt and dance with one another may be hinting at homosexual relationships between inmates.

The Artists and the Bands

The list of homosexual rock artists includes Freddy Mercury, Elton John, David Bowie and Little Richard, among others. There are many rock bands which are supposed to have homosexual members. The most famous ones are Queen, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, Scissor Sisters, Twisted Sisters, Pet Shop Boys and Erasure though perhaps the most popular is Village People. Village People are a concept disco group formed in the late 1970s. The group is well known for their on-stage costumes as for their catchy tunes and suggestive lyrics. Originally created to target disco's primarily gay fan base by featuring stereotypical gay fantasy personas, the band's popularity quickly brought them into mainstream. The band's name references New York City's Greenwich Village neighborhood, at the time known for having a substantial gay population. The band also featured an assembly of American man archetypes based on the gay men of The Village who frequently dressed in various fantasy attire.
The group was created by Jacques Morali, who was a French musical composer. Morali contracted HIV during the mid-1980s. AIDS claimed his life in 1991 at the age of 44.

The Festival

 In November 2008 the Queer Art festival was held at Colegio Nacional Buenos Aires. It lasted for a whole week and its main aim was to support sexual diversity and to accept homosexuality and bisexuality in society.
The festival was sponsored by the headmistress of the school herself. The handbook "Come out of the closet" (especially prepared by the the Argentine Homosexual Community) was handed over to parents, students and teachers.  

The TV Shows

Queer as Folk is an American and Canadian television series co-production
which deals with homosexuality.
Controversial storylines which have been explored in Queer As Folk have included: coming out, same-sex marriage, gay adoption and discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation.  
Queer as Folk is a reference to the idiomatic English expression "there's nowt as queer as folk", meaning "there's nothing as strange as people"

Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple In All The World is a stop motion animated sitcom created by Q. Allan Brocka, who also acts as director.The animation of the original Rick & Steve shorts was done using Lego blocks and figures, prompting a lawsuit from the company. Though the series no longer uses Lego blocks, it still draws comparison to both them and those by Playmobil. The show follows the lives of three gay couples—the titular Rick and Steve, Chuck and Evan, and Dana and Kirsten—as they live in the fictional "gay ghetto" of West Lahunga Beach.

My Point of View

I guess that homosexuality is a touchy topic for many people. In general everyone claims to be "open-minded" but it is not so as regards this issue. This subject becomes particularly disturbing for many teenagers because it is precisely during adolescence when most people begin to build up their sexual identities. Sometimes frustrating experiences with members of the opposite sex lead them to experiment homosexuality.
Another phenonemon which is also taking place nowadays is the supposed homosexuality some girls exhibit in public places. In fact they do not behave like that out of a genuine lesbian attitude but believing in this way they are going to provoke boys by making their fantasies grow.
As to homosexuality itself, none of us has the right to judge love as an improper feeling just because it is being expressed in a way we don't identify with. But discriminatory behaviour does take place and gay teens need to know how to defend themselves. The best for homosexuals to fight against discrimination is to be sure of themselves and to stand up for their rights. Accepting insults and bigotry will only result in more confusion and unhappiness for any gay teen. 
Homosexuality should be considered a different way of loving, and thus it should not be condemned. Tolerance should be put into practice and society as a whole should not make the foolish mistake of putting off such a noble feeling as love, whether it is "gay" or "straight".