Thank you, Brother. You one voice has made it clear - I don't need to respond further to these elements that demand unconditional acceptance for themselves, but bare claws and fangs when someone challenges the 'paradigm' they have created for themselves. I am 57 years old. I began exploring the gay community at age 20. For about 28 years, I went through that experience feeling I didn't 'fit in' - a feeling far worse than I ever experienced outside the gay world. The community that was supposed to celebrate MY differences were brutal and unapologetic. Because I reject the extremes - drag, anal penetration, promiscuity, etc. - I was treated as a parish. Which I have more than effectively demonstrated in this forum. I appreciate your words, Michael. Let me reiterate, however, that I am not closeted. I have always been open about my identity, but the manner in which I do so has always gained me acceptance. The only place the rejection has been so rabid toward me is within the very community that claims to celebrate diversity and demands unconditional acceptance. It took me 28 years to realize I was surrounded by hypocrites who would never accept my brand of same-gender-affection and instead would always demand I conform to the GAY mold, identity, label and worse - the Behaviors - that they deem mandatory.
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