I've never seen Loot and I've never read Joe Orton's diaries but this video interested me not least because Kenneth Williams is the narrator but also because of what he says about Orton's view of the established and "hypocritical" view of homosexuality in the 1960's and the husband-wife, bread winner-housewife stereotype. I am largely rejected by the homosexual community because I live a celibate life and condemn the homosexual lifestyle. However I have one or two homosexual friends who live in a kind of "union" that's in some ways analogous to a married couple. With these people I tend to adopt a kind of practical tolerance for the sake of friendship. What else can I do? They know what my position is; that kind of sinful knowledge is just not for me. I suppose I just pray that they get well. Is this hypocrisy? We all have ideals and insofar as it is not possible to live up to them we are all hypocrites. In an ideal world homosexuality would not be indulged. But that we live in a world in which it is not only indulged and tolerated but celebrated, what is the correct position to take? Do we patronise them and go quiet whenever they walk into our midst? Do we expel them from our midst and risk charges of homophobia?
Joe Orton has been dead for almost fifty years and society is ostensibly not as it was then. His kind of libertine homosexual lifestyle (which, as Mr Williams says, kills him in the end) is becoming increasingly normal. How do we relate to them? There's no point in trying to rehabilitate them; they think with their genitals and any attempt to deprive them of their bodies' need will probably be met with violence and anger, let alone kindly remonstrance. Is there a kind of "contingency plan" for this warped, odd-ball situation? Men "marrying" other men! Women crudely imitating sexual intercourse with various implements, God! It's wrong isn't it?! Do we shun them? When we stand before God's judgement seat and we are asked to give an account of our lives, what will we say? That we tolerated this vice for the sake of an easy life? That we acted uncharitably toward these people? Will we be asked to account for the eternal souls of our homosexual friends? Nil inultum remanebit, as the Sequence says.