A boy stands in front of a poster featuring Nicky Crane. Photo: Gavin Watson | 14129
The BBC profile the life of former far right neo-Nazi, skinhead icon and gay man Nicky Crane. Nicola Vincenzo Crane was born on 21 May 1958 and died on 7 December 1993. He served a number of prison sentences for acts of considerable street violence.
Crane chose his politics before he accepted his sexuality.
Peter Tatchell recalls a row erupting after it emerged Crane had been allowed to steward a gay rights march. The organisers had not been aware who Crane was or what his political affiliations were.
In a complex and lengthy article it emerges that Crane
…appeared in a series of skinhead-themed amateur gay porn videos.
The article also traces much of the history of the far right movements of the 1970s, 1980s and into the 1990s.
The 1980s were particularly dangerous for young gay men in the UK, at the height of Thatcherism and her politics; many young gay men adopted the skinhead style and image to protect themselves.