young, gifted and black drunk, speeding and gay…
Austrian fascist leader visited gay bar before death crash
October 17, 2008
The former leader of the far right in Austria was drinking in a gay bar the night he died, it has emerged.
Joerg Haider had never been open about his homosexuality, but his habit of surrounding himself with handsome blond teenagers had led many to speculate.
Newspapers in his homeland said they were reluctant to publish “full details” of his homosexuality fearing an outburst of hate towards the gay community would overtake hatred towards foreigners. According to German daily Taz, many members of Vienna’s gay scene claimed he regularly had sex with young men below the age of consent – 18 for homosexuals. As a result Taz wrote: “These days he prefers to meet with boys from nearby Slovakia” (where the age of consent is 15).
The German and Austrian press outed the married father of two daughters in 2006.
His fascist political views led him to high office in Austria, despite his open praise for Nazi policies.
Haider died in a car accident on Saturday morning near Klagenfurt, less than 30 minutes after leaving the Stadtkraemer, a well-known gay hangout.
Prosecutors have confirmed there was four times the legal limit for alcohol in his blood and he was driving at twice the legal speed limit when he crashed his VW Phaeton.
Haider, 58, was the Governor of the state of Carinthia.
Thousands of people are expected to attend his funeral today, and police are prepared for clashes with anti-Nazi protesters.
News of Herr Haider’s homosexuality has prompted one local expert to quip ‘Fascism is a fag’. But the truth of the matter is “Whether old or young, lesbian or gay, fascism is never cool”. Funnily enough, Haider combined Ian Stuart’s driving skills with the sexiness of Ian’s best mate and co-founder of Blood & Honour, Nicky Crane: all three are dead now, sadly, although only Ian and Joerg are remembered.
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