|An Open Letter to Out Magazine
||[Jul. 17th, 2007|11:19 am]
Dear Out Magazine,|
I was on the ever-popular Myspace checking my messages when I came across your ad on my homepage. It consists of four short sentences, followed by an image of a cover of Out Magazine. I feel it is important to express with you my feelings of hurt and anger with this ad and what you feel is representative of the "evolution of gay culture".
In 1969, the GLBT Rights Movement began in New York, in a run down bar called the Stonewall Inn. During those times, it was illegal for men to dance together, and every now and then the police force would come and arrest one or two men who didn't have the foresight to notice the red light that came on showing that the police were entering. Police officers would come into the bar in disguise to try to find these "perverts" by hitting on them. One hot night in June, the patrons had had enough, and they took to the streets. Imagine the surprised look on the citizen's faces when they saw six-foot drag queens running down the streets, chanting "We are the Stonewall girls, we wear our hair in curls! We wear our dungarees below our nelly knees!" while at the same time, the police officers in riot gear were attacking these men, beating them, yelling for their fellow officers to "Get the fags down and keep them down!"
Robert L. Pela. Bella Abzug. Stephen Van Cline. Danny Garvin. I bet very few in the GLBT community can new describe what contribution these citizens have made in regards to our rights. These, along with others, are the ones who fought for the right for us to be open in public about our lives without having to worry about being beaten or killed. They were the beginning of the gay culture for me, the culture of new life, the culture of freedom.
Your ad reads "Daring Style", "Fashion Forward", "Trend Setting", and then you have the audacity to say that this is the evolution of gay culture. To say that gay culture revolves around having the most toned body, having the latest gadgets, toys, and most outlandish clothing, is what our culture stands for, it makes one wonder whether Alan Keyes is correct in his assessment that the gay culture amounts to nothing but "selfish hedonism". To say that the evolution of gay culture has resulted in a focus on corrupt materialism and not the gay spiritual community, on fashion trends and not on gay rights abuse trends, on having the best body and not on what damages it is doing to gay men and lesbians who suffer from anorexia, bulimia, eating disorders, and the like. These things represent a culture that denies life, and that is a "culture of death".
You speak of the evolution of gay culture as daring. How dare you make that claim? You speak of the evolution of gay culture as forward. Have you really brought the gay community forward with this ad? You speak of the evolution of gay culture as trend setting. I wonder, and fear, what exactly the trend is that you are trying to set? And I wonder one more thing: had those citizens known what the evolution of the gay community would evolve into, would they have even bothered fighting for it? Or would they have sat silently in the bar, and not given birth to the movement that empowered you to claim your magazine as a representative of gay culture.
One Ultimately Cultureless Homosexual,