There was a time in Western Queer Culture that it was what decadent white people did.
White gay men were first to have enough privilege to be out, 1930s Berlin was proto-queer and quashed by the Nazi Traditional Family Values, where none of the party leaders were actually tall blonde or blue eyed and none of the more Nordic nations joined in.
Anyway, Modern Queer culture is pinned to America’s New York NY City 3 day riot triggered by yet another Police demand for payoffs/raid from the Stonewall Riot.
Marsha was the one who ‘really started it’ on the night of the riots, according to witnesses in David Carter’s Stonewall biography.
Meanwhile, in Canada, it was the bathhouse raids in 1980
9/11 the queer victims and their queer survivors were excluded from any and all compensation or recognition, despite one of leading the charge into the towers and another one on the plane that crashed in the field.
White Gay men and White Women could pass for mainstream, so we had some intermittent connection and access to social power and privilege.
Gay and Lesbian groups that formed societies in the early 1900s were largely white, and into the 1970s and 1990s, the face of the queer community was a White Gay Man.
There’s a sub invisibility vibe, that while gay men have access to the Good Ole Boys Network, the White Lesbians are kinda left holding the door.
White Heterosexuals feared that their offspring even knowing that there were gays and lesbians could cause an experimentation phase – the bisexual, LUG (lesbian until graduation), drunk guy pals oops how’d that happen dude – with the assumption of it being a waystation on the way to boytown for all who bored it, male or female.
1950s and sex changes made medically possible altered the invert, passing, drag and cross dressing to performing as Female performers; many cultures with a theatrical history of men playing all the parts on theatre and opera.
Non-White communities tried to keep their offspring in the community by deploring the white decadence and Down Low or D/L was formally named.
The Vancouver Lesbian Centre lasted a decade from the mid 1980s into the 1990s and exploded in a complex collision of events that included representation across the ethnicity spectrum.
Angles Newspaper arose from a 1980s collective and was struggling for lesbian content in a pale male voting group, it ended in the 1990s, when Xtra in Toronto, arising from the Body Politic group in the 1970s moved to become a national paper, and the Angles group didn’t deal and eventually there was not enough advertising dollars in the community to support 2 papers.
Xtra was Gay and Lesbian, Angles declared Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Bisexual.
In the 1990s, we used the phrase “lesbigay” prior to the LGBT becoming the newspaper convention to not have to list the 4 words each time. But to me, LGBT sounds like a sandwich order: lettuce bacon guacamole and tomato… I prefer the all inclusive “Queer” over the currently LGBTQAITS alphabet soup of fractalation over generations.
Xtra became at it’s Peak:
Island Xtra on Vancouver Island, Xtra West in Vancouver, Capitol Xtra in Ottawa with the original Xtra in Toronto.
One of the founders of the paper was gay married to a man named Brian Mossop, who worked for the Canada Federal Government.
The Government Legislates externally
Then Policy Application internally
From Public to Private
From work to at play
conferring rights is to extend dignity of person
Canada’s War on Queers: National Security as Social Policy
From Affirmative Action to Employment Equity
He said: “We are delighted to raise the LGBT flag as part of the history month.”
Cllr Reid reflected on equal rights campaigns in his living memory, saying: “When I was a student, I took part in the campaign which led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality.””
“On a sunny Saturday afternoon, draped in rainbow colours, hundreds of people marched in the city for the second gay pride parade from the Samvidhan Square to show solidarity with the LGBTQ community and to seek a life without fear.”