Ricky and I have lots of rituals. Or maybe they’re just habits we like. Anyway, one of the things we’ve come to enjoy when I visit him while he’s working in Italy is sipping a bottle of pinot grigio on the rooftop patio of our hotel over looking the duomo in Florence.
I’m always amazed by the beauty and architecture of European Cathedrals, and the fact they were built hundreds of years ago with no power equipment, hydraulic lifts or computer aided drafting software.
And then stepping inside being overwhelmed by the elaborate paintings and sculpture adorning the space.
Two of the most famous and recognizable artist/sculptor/painter/engineers of the renaissance period were Michaelangelo and Da Vinci.
Both are to this day believed to be homosexuals.
Ricky’s not only stop-a-train handsome, he’s really smart. So I made a remark about how difficult it must have been for these guys to do so much church work and keep their private lives under wraps.
He replied “Are you kidding me? Two of the most famous and gifted artisans of their time, spending their days recreating the likeness of naked men, never enjoying the company of women, and were on the church payroll? Do you seriously think no one knew? Of course everyone knew. It was simply determined their talent was worth more to the church than condemning them for sinful acts. So the church looked the other way.”
He then went on to make some untoward remarks about how many single men in the church/arts/architecture community there were in that day and how they ‘took care’ of eachother’s best interests and so forth.
Part of the reason I’ve struggled with content for TGA is that I’m pretty much beyond gay people being victims. We’ve moved to a time where if bullying or bigotry or discrimination happens (which it does all the time) rational voices in both the gay and straight community unite and say ‘knock it off’.
That being said, it’s curious that for hundreds of years it appears homosexuality is really only a ‘sin’ when it serves that purpose on the sin-roster or when someone needs to feel superior to someone else.
If the contribution the gay person makes supersedes the sin value of homosexuality, most everyone agrees to look the other way.
And then look at the pretty painting or beautiful church they built.
Today’s Gay Agenda: As always, the more things change, the more they stay the same.