A number of you passed along this link for the “12 Funniest Items of Confederate Flag Memorabilia.” While I got a kick out of the Confederate flag toilet paper and “sexy, fiery Confederate flag,” I have to say that the gay pride flag t-shirt takes the cake. Actually, the blending of a symbol that has become so closely identified with conservative white men and even bikers, along with the colors of the gay community raises a number of questions.
- Is it possible for gay men to openly express their pride in Confederate heritage?
- Would the discovery of an individual’s sexuality threaten their standing as a legitimate member of the Confederate heritage community?
- Were there any gay Confederate soldiers?
- Were there any gay Confederate officers?
- Were there any gay Confederate politicians?
- What was the frequency of gay sexual encounters in Confederate ranks during the war and were those parties any less Confederate?
- Were there any gay “Christian Warriors” in Confederate ranks? Could there be a gay Christian Warrior in Confederate ranks? [After all, status as a slaveholder doesn't seem to be a problem for some.]
A few of these questions can be answered by consulting Tom Lowry’s book, The Story the Soldiers Wouldn’t Tell: Sex in the Civil War while others are simply meant to provoke thought.