Thursday, June 17, 2010

Diversity

Here's a final quote from John Cloud's June 21, 2010, Time article "Gay Days in the Magic Kingdom," which doesn't need an introduction:

'"Twenty years ago, there were hardly any visible portrayals of our community other than the pride parades," says Chris Alexander-Manley, 52, president of Gay Days Inc. and one of the volunteers who helped organize the first event [at Walt Disney World] in 1991.  The media tended to show "the drag queens and the extremes, the leather people," he says. "But that's only a small part of the overall community."  A gay day at the Magic Kingdom was a way to emphasize that many gays just want to ride a roller coaster with their partner like any other couple [p. 70].'

Proof that the gay community is diverse, and that the most visible part of it doesn't represent the vast majority of gays and lesbians, who are like everyone else and want only the same things.

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