Kemp Land's new commemorative set celebrates Great Gays of the world, issued in June, 2018.
The stamps feature famous homosexual heroes.
Kemp Land 2018 Great Gays of the World.
Since the Gay Revolution way back in 2015, Kemp Land has been keen to show prominent gays on its stamps, so this attractive set has now appeared to grace the mail from this small Antarctic land.
Some background on the heroes shown:
OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900)
on the 45c stamp, was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray
, as well as the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.
As a spokesman for aestheticism, he published a book of poems, lectured in the USA and Canada on the "English Renaissance in Art
", then returned to London where he worked as a journalist. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress & glittering conversational skill, he became one of the best-known personalities of his day. At the turn of the 1890s, he refined his ideas about the supremacy of art in a series of dialogues & essays, and incorporated themes of decadence, duplicity, and beauty into what would be his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray
. He was jailed from 1895 to 1897.
on the $3 stamp, was an American pianist, singer, & actor. A child prodigy, he enjoyed a career spanning four decades of concerts, recordings, television, motion pictures, & endorsements. At the height of his fame, from the 1950s to the 1970s, he was the highest-paid entertainer in the world. He embraced a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on & off stage, acquiring the nickname "Mr. Showmanship
ROCK HUDSON (1925-1985)
on the $1.35 stamp, was an American actor, generally known for his turns as a leading man during the 1950s and 1960s. He appeared in nearly 70 films & became the first major celebrity to die from an AIDS-related illness.
What turned him into a star was the 1954 film Magnificent Obsession
, co-starring Jane Wyman, produced by Hunter and directed by Douglas Sirk. The film received positive reviews, with Modern Screen Magazine
citing Hudson as the most popular actor of the year. It made over $5 million at the box office.
Hudson went back to adventure films with Bengal Brigade
(1954), set during the Indian Mutiny, and Captain Lightfoot
(1955), produced by Hunter and directed by Sirk. In 1954, exhibitors voted Hudson the 17th most popular star in the country.
Hunter used him in two melodramas, One Desire
(1955) with Anne Baxter, and All That Heaven Allows
(1955), which reunited him with Sirk and Wyman. Never Say Goodbye
(1956) was more drama.
Hudson's popularity soared with George Stevens' film Giant
(1956). Hudson and his co-star James Dean were both nominated for Oscars in the Best Actor
category. Another hit was Written on the Wind
(1957), directed by Sirk and produced by Albert Zugsmith. Sirk also directed Hudson in Battle Hymn
(1957), produced by Hudson, playing Dean Hess. These films propelled Hudson be voted the most popular actor in American cinemas in 1957. He stayed in the "top ten" until 1964.
ERNST ROHM (1887 - 1934)
on the 75c stamp, was a German military officer and an early member of the Nazi Party. As one of the members of its predecessor, the German Workers' Party, he was a close friend and early ally of Adolf Hitler and a co-founder of the Sturmabteilung
(SA, "Storm Battalion"), the Nazi Party's militia, and later was its commander. By 1934, the German Army feared the SA's influence and Hitler had come to see Röhm as a potential rival, so he was executed during the Night of the Long Knives.
In 1919 he joined the German Workers' Party (DAP
), which the following year became the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP
). Not long afterward he met Adolf Hitler, and they became political allies and close friends. He led the Reichskriegsflagge militia at the time of the Munich Beer Hall Putsch, when it occupied the War Ministry for sixteen hours.
Following the failed Beer Hall Putsch of 9 November 1923, Röhm, Hitler, & others were tried in February 1924 for high treason. Röhm was found guilty and sentenced to a year and three months in prison, but the sentence was suspended and he was granted a conditional discharge.
In 1928, he accepted a post in Bolivia as adviser to the Bolivian Army, where he was given the rank of lieutenant colonel and went to work after six months' acclimatization and language tutoring. After the 1930 revolt in Bolivia, Röhm was forced to seek sanctuary in the German Embassy. After the election results in Germany that September, Röhm received a telephone call from Hitler in which the latter told him "I need you", paving the way for Röhm's return to Germany.
In 1930, as a consequence of the Stennes Revolt in Berlin, Hitler assumed supreme command of the SA. He sent a personal request to Röhm, asking him to return to serve as the SA's chief of staff. Röhm accepted this offer and began his new assignment on 5 January 1931. He brought radical new ideas to the SA, and appointed several close friends to its senior leadership.
The SA by this time numbered over a million members. It continued its street battles with "Reds" and its attacks on Jews. The SA also attacked or intimidated anyone deemed hostile to the Nazi agenda, including uncooperative editors, professors, politicians, other local officials and businessmen.
Under Röhm, the SA often took the side of workers in strikes and other labor disputes, attacking strikebreakers and supporting picket lines. SA intimidation contributed to the rise of the Nazis and the violent suppression of right-wing parties during electoral campaigns, but its reputation for street violence and heavy drinking was a hindrance, as was the open homosexuality of Röhm and other SA leaders such as his deputy Edmund Heines. In 1931, the Münchener Post
newspaper, obtained and published Röhm's letters to a friend discussing his homosexual affairs.
Hitler was aware of Röhm's homosexuality. At this point they were so close that they addressed each other as du
(the German familiar form of "you"). No other top Nazi leader enjoyed that privilege, and their close association led to rumors that Hitler himself was homosexual. Röhm was the only Nazi leader who dared to address Hitler by his first name "Adolf" or his nickname "Adi" rather than "mein Führer."