The culture wars of the 1970s deserve considerable study. One of the cultural warriors was Anita Bryant. When I saw a used copy of her book denouncing the militant homosexual movement, I snatched it up immediately. Taking a look at the “Rightists” of old is valuable for Rightists today in that they carried out actions and built institutions which we can learn from and improve upon.

Anita Bryant was a pop culture icon in the late 1950s and early 1960s. She was Miss Oklahoma in 1958 and almost became Miss USA shortly thereafter. She also had an outstanding singing voice. Several of her songs made the Top 40 List. Despite this, it is likely that most people only hear of Anita Bryant in a short joke from the movie Airplane! (1980), where vomiting passengers are compared to an audience at one of Bryant’s concerts. Militant homosexuality had won Hollywood by 1980.

Before getting too deep into this article, I wish to state upfront that I believe that most — if not all — of the Religious Right’s political activism starting in the 1970s was/is a reaction by whites to the disaster of the “civil rights” movement by other means. Nobody will admit it though. It would have been better for Bryant to have endorsed the white ethnostate and not worry about homosexuality at all. But since she did what she did, one must ask, did Bryant say anything in 1977 that has come true today? Is there anything that can be learned from her career as an activist?

The Many Faces of Homosexuality

Homosexuality comprises several parts. There are differences within the broader coalition — the L’s, G’s, B’s, T’s, Q’s, etc. (In this article the focus will be on homosexuals, i.e. “gay” men.) Then there are the differences of where homosexuality is placed in society.

On the one hand, there is homosexuality as a closeted minor vice. When the lifestyle was closeted, or at least not centered, homosexuals tended to have pretty solid careers in the creation of cultural works — such as Liberace and Horatio Alger, among many others.

There could also be a big-picture Darwinian reason for the existence of this sort of homosexuality. Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scout Movement, was very likely a homosexual who tried desperately to curb his desires. Possibly because of the way he ended up controlling this tension, he did a great service to his king, country, and empire. (And he still managed to marry and father children.) The boys he mentored in his Scouting movement were definitely successful in a Darwinian sense. There are still English families in South Africa that were founded by Lord Baden-Powell’s original scouts organized during the Siege of Mafeking.

Additionally, many men become temporarily homosexual when there are no women around at all, such as English public schoolboys. Gore Vidal, who served in Alaska during World War II, later said temporary homosexuality was not entirely unusual among the soldiers and sailors there. These sorts of men often go on to marry women and raise families and their past becomes the past.

Then there is gay identity, the militant homosexuality that Bryant warned about. In this movement, homosexuality is the center of everything — from the way one talks, acts, and dresses to how gays apply theology and philosophy. It was this movement that Bryant fought.

“Civil rights” & Militant Homosexuality

Militant homosexuality is a symptom of a damaged society. It is like the proverbial infection that is normally minor, but dangerous in a patent whose immune system is compromised. Militant homosexuality developed at roughly the same time as the “civil rights” movement — which is a far, far worse problem for whites. The first defense of homosexuality in the United States was published in 1908, around the same time that the NAACP was organized. The Society for Human Rights was founded in the late 1920s. The homosexual activist Henry “Harry” Hay Jr. (1912 – 2002), founder of The Mattachine Society, started his activism in 1948, the same year the Democratic Party embraced “civil rights” at their convention.

Like the “civil rights” movement, militant homosexuality achieved big successes with little resistance by the early 1960s. Christian religious organizations started to support militant homosexuality by the late 1960s; for example, the gay-oriented Metropolitan Community Church was founded in 1968. According to his son Frank, the Evangelical Protestant philosopher Francis Schaeffer quietly tolerated homosexuality at this time also. The first Pride Parade was in 1970. So when Anita Bryant became an activist in 1977 she was the start of resistance to what was an established movement that had already achieved many victories.