Actually, Toby, I’m quite happy. But I am an iconoclast, and take very seriously [I guess you’d say “pissy”] the need to challenge some of the ever flowing river of crap that passes for “gay culture.”
Not just because I can’t stand the smell, but because I’m convinced the “bread and circus [circuit party]” mentality has played a MAJOR role in often rendering impotent the movement for gay equality.
In addition to never having our own national version of a Martin Luther King, unlike the African-American community we haven’t had a long tradition of respected gay newspapers and magazines. “The Advocate” is almost as irrelevant today as it was when it was just a local paper primarily devoted to bar culture. In June they published an obituary for movement grandfather Frank Kameny though he’s quite alive, and their “40 Years/40 Heroes” issue was a joke. “Christopher Street” aspired to be the “gay ‘New Yorker'” but expired after a few years, never reaching the national circulation it sought. “OUT,” “Genre,” “In Touch” remain, with rare exception, apolitical organs devoted to perpetuating a white gay male Peter Pan syndrome; indistinguisable from each other with their covers torn off. The softcore “jerk” magazines need no comment.
Though frequently critical of this and that, I actually admire Queerty for not being packaged in legions of meat puppets like most gay Net creations. It’s one thing periodically post pictures of those they think hot men and another to inescapably brand the site’s shell with them.
Call me old-fashioned but the power and accuracy of words is very important to me. I certainly make my own typos and mistakes such as “who” for “whom” and vice versa. But even paid, “professional” writers for a glossy rag like “OUT” are not above being called on their mistakes in usage or fact.
I stand by my challenge of their blanket description of Stephens’ roles as “nuanced,” and reminder that those like Ross who make a living off of doing gay minstrel shows contribute to nongays not taking us and our inequality seriously enough.