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 Topic: Will the "Gay Sensibility" disappear?

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froster  



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Posted: 12 Dec 2011, 8:25 am    Post subject: Will the "Gay Sensibility" disappear? Reply with quote

As the outsiders to Western culture for, let's say, the last 2000 years, our point of view and our voices have been unique, from Walt Whitman to Don Roos, Romaine Brooks to Lisa Cholodenko. Is anyone afraid that with the "mainstreaming" of Gay culture will result in the loss of our unique perspective on the "mainstream" culture?
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gennee  



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Posted: 13 Dec 2011, 11:30 am    Post subject: A Reality Now Reply with quote

That is a reality in some quarters. Look at the gay pride parades. The political aspect of the marches have given way to corporate representation. It's lost its bite. It's enough that LGBT people and issues aren't taken seriously. Frivolity and mindless babble about inconsequential matters don't help either.
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froster  



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Posted: 13 Dec 2011, 9:25 pm    Post subject: Re: A Reality Now Reply with quote

gennee wrote:
That is a reality in some quarters. Look at the gay pride parades. The political aspect of the marches have given way to corporate representation. It's lost its bite. It's enough that LGBT people and issues aren't taken seriously. Frivolity and mindless babble about inconsequential matters don't help either.


Sorry, but I think there's a slight misunderstanding here. I'm not speaking of social issues in this post, I'm talking about art and artists (Frivolity and mindless babble are not the issue. In fact, much that's thought of as "Camp", could easily be seen as frivolous). My point is that because Gay artists have been "outsiders" to the hetero majority culture, it has given rise to many, many great works from modern masters like Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, Andy Warhol, Virginia Woolf, James Whale, Jasper Johns, Willa Cather, et al. It is not that the works themselves are "Gay". It is that they benefit from a certain "observer" or "rebel" status obtained by the sexuality of the artists themselves. Meaning...when there's no "outsider' status conferred simply by being Gay, will there still be a "Gay Sensibility"?
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Posted: 14 Dec 2011, 4:00 pm    Post subject: Still Doing So Reply with quote

Many gay artists have contributed greatly to athe arts and in my mind are still doing so. Tennessee Williams' classic 'Streetcar Named Desire' is a classic. I have read a little of Edward Albee's works. Though they won't be acknowledged by hetero society, gay artists have contributed mightily.
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