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5 Comments

  1. koskalaka maricon
    September 12, 2014 @ 1:38 pm

    Amen!

  2. Editor
    September 12, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

    Thanks! I just don’t understand some people’s desire to see gay/LGBT culture vanish. I never will anyway, but there’s just something self-disapproving about it. – Mark

  3. Lee Lynch
    September 12, 2014 @ 9:22 pm

    Completely agree. Gay culture is ours and we’re not giving it away. Someday perhaps the writer you refer to will lead the way to reclaiming the culture she rejects. Internalized homophobia anyone?

  4. Dave Hughes
    September 17, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

    I, too, don’t want to see the disappearance of LGBT culture, nor do I think we will.

    However, I think there’s been a progressive transition in what LGBT culture is as well as why we have it.

    In the past, we needed our LGBT-centric organizations, churches, bars, vacation spots and pride parades because they were places of refuge from an often cruel, homophobic/transphobic world.

    Now, I see us moving towards an era in which we have those things because we want them for the value and uniqueness they offer, not because we need them for safety and sanity.

    And as much as we strive for a world of diversity and inclusion in which everyone is welcome, at heart we most enjoy being around people who have things in common with us. This applies just as much to religion, nationality, gender, and countless other factors as it does to sexual orientation or gender identity.

  5. Editor
    September 17, 2014 @ 4:05 pm

    I agree Dave. What I bristle at is the notion of many younger people (and some older ones) that LGBT culture is passe and, like older LGBT people ourselves, better neither seen nor heard. Even if she thinks its time has passed, there is no need to “dance on its grave” as she put it. LGBT people will always influence culture in profound ways, and it’s hard to even say what gay culture is. Another commenter on her piece also pointed out the very real rejection and hardship LGBTQ youth still experience at alarming rates – homelessness and marginalization. They need safe spaces and they need whatever culture they’re able to create and sustain (vogueing, for instance, from the ballrooms in Harlem). It belongs to them and should be valued, whatever it’s called.