Allen Ginsberg was homosexual and was pleased to shock the sexually straight and easily embarrassed normality of the 1950s.

From “Everybody Sing”

Ginsberg was probably our first gay activist with a big audience among the Hip, the Beat World and the politically afire.

The 50’s were shocked at his shamelessness, which pleased him enormously.

Gay poetry was not new in American literature but the 1950s had not fully grasped Walt Whitman's personal preferences.

Gay love is a passionate and real alternative to the heterosexual stereotype. Homosexuality is part of the human gene pool. And here Ginsberg waves the flag of homosexuality and gets a wicked thrill from the horrified "all-American" responses.