Queer eye for the mad guy: gay MPs’ Hitler warning

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Queer eye for the mad guy: gay MPs’ Hitler warning

The ‘glamour boys’ picked up intel in Berlin, a haven for the LGBT+ community in the 1930s

Hugo Greenhalgh

A group of gay and bisexual British lawmakers were among the first to sound the alarm about Adolf Hitler’s fascist threat, but dismissed as “glamour boys” and warmongers, their warnings initially fell on deaf ears, according to a new book.

At a time when gay sex was illegal in Britain, their decision to break ranks with then prime minister Neville Chamberlain’s policy of appeasing Hitler in the 1930s was all the more courageous, said the book’s author, Chris Bryant.

“Their sexuality ... is part of their courage in this period,” said Bryant, a British Labour Party MP...

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