The Gay Generational Divide Is Bigger Than Ever!

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Happy Pride!

To celebrate it, I devoted this week's column to an intergenerational conversation about how young gays don't talk to older gays, but they certainly should--to learn about all the protesting, passion, and suffering that paved the way for today's rights and representations.

I conversed with a 22-year-old dancer (Jason Wise, below) who informed me that, while I grew up with not much of anything positive gaywise, the yay-gay stuff he's come of age into isn't always something to throw confetti about.

In fact, it has a dark side:

*People using it to get attention;

*Haters resenting the progress and fighting back;

*And a general false air of safeness and complacence.

Our resulting dialogue is stimulating and eye opening, discarding a lot of assumptions you might have made about young-versus-old LGBTs and replacing them with fascinating facts.

And the most astounding thing of all is that you will still be proud.

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Katie Uva
Katie Uva

I also have to take issue with Jason Wise's claim that Judy Garland's death spurred the Stonewall Riots. This is a misconception that has had a surprising amount of traction over the past 20 years or so. I like Judy Garland, and I'm not debating her importance or talent as an entertainer. However I think people embrace the myth of her death being connected to Stonewall at their own peril. It makes queer people into caricatures who could only be spurred to political action and civil disobedience by the death of a beloved torch singer. The Stonewall riots happened because of increased police harassment which ran up against a younger generation of queer people influenced by other militant political movements of the times. To claim anything else is condescending to queer people and, most importantly, removes Stonewall from its rightful place alongside the civil rights movement, the antiwar movement, and the feminist movement.

Jason Rahall
Jason Rahall

Jason Wise said the Stonewall Inn riots were spurred by Judy Garland's death... *rolls eyes* Ohh. Now I get it. 'Jason Wise, aptly named' - sarcasm. LoL

LeaveItBe
LeaveItBe

Young resenting old is the American Way. There have ALWAYS been generational gaps here. There are still many whites that are repulsed by blacks and others even in the gay community. It is not surprising since we don't live a a social vacuum and many of us still cling to many threads of the past. Nothing can be done about it!

nostradavid
nostradavid

You provide great context, like in the twink photos from Monday.  It's hard to see how young a guy looks without a "mature" man next to him.  "perfect young yin to my old yang" sounds like a fun pick-up line. 

Monsieurpatric
Monsieurpatric

There's no wall for us and our five god kids, three of whom are gay.  Wish we'd had us and great gay pals around in our younger days...for us!  Paul, Claire and Alexiane are smart and centered and loved to bits and they love and laugh it up right back.  We're all students at this point of our lives young and old.  Things are better, we're shamans of a kind, we've survived the scourge, the kids have to know.  Enough of me already!

Info
Info

Stimulating stuff. A great topic for gay pride. Thank you.

Lars
Lars

Fantastic column. I love what he said about young people and AIDS.

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