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What are today's high points of gay culture?

I'm so utterly out of the loop. Amongst the sea of twinkly crap, gay media used to have at least SOME interesting items. But now, with its obsession on Drag Race and Trans, all I see is utter banality dressed up as diversity. And coming out stories, and teen-longing stories, and tricksy gender-fuck performers, bore me shitless. So what are the best books, songs, shows, persons at the moment that genuinely worthy of attention? The only thing I've seen so far this year that will stand the test of time was Vol 1 of the unexpurgated Chips Channon diaries. And the only non-gay but campy thing that utterly delighted me was I Care A Lot.

by Anonymousreply 3004/10/2021

This is it, Ann Romano.

by Anonymousreply 104/06/2021

'It's A Sin' rightly won a lot of attention and praise, and the new Francis Bacon biography 'Revelations' looks like a must-read.

by Anonymousreply 204/06/2021

"But now, with its obsession on Drag Race and Trans, all I see is utter banality dressed up as diversity. And coming out stories, and teen-longing stories, and tricksy gender-fuck performers, bore me shitless. So what are the best books, songs, shows, persons at the moment that genuinely worthy of attention? "

Smell this bitch.

by Anonymousreply 304/07/2021

It’s a wasteland, hunty.

by Anonymousreply 404/07/2021

I see there's a forthcoming book on Tuke.

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by Anonymousreply 504/07/2021

DataLounge for a fat, stinking, ugly cunt like OP to spew out her bullshit without any qualms.

by Anonymousreply 604/07/2021

OP is right we're at a low point.

by Anonymousreply 704/07/2021

Yes, the best gay themed cultural events I've been seen in the last few years was an LA exhibit called Axis Mundo but really it was an archival exhibit of gay punk LA artists in the 70s-early 90s. It felt so fresh and tactile compared to what's going on now. But maybe there's more underground stuff that in not clued into. Here's hoping.

by Anonymousreply 804/07/2021

The Bacon bio does look great. Buckets of Bollinger and sex with a legless Moroccan who pushed himself along on a trolly. Very Auntie Mame!

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by Anonymousreply 904/07/2021

Drag Race is the gay equivalent of WWE wrestling.

by Anonymousreply 1004/07/2021

[quote]The Bacon bio does look great. Buckets of Bollinger

Indeed, 'Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends' was one of Miss F's hearty toasts as she raised a glass...

by Anonymousreply 1104/07/2021

Tik-Tok exhibitionists.

by Anonymousreply 1204/07/2021

R2 and R9, I assumed you were both referring to Sir Francis Bacon, Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England.

by Anonymousreply 1304/07/2021

Unless you love trans stories of triumph, you might be disappointed.

by Anonymousreply 1404/07/2021

Gay culture? Is this a joke?

by Anonymousreply 1504/07/2021

Here

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by Anonymousreply 1604/07/2021

Our current political climate is like WWE wrestling to the degree the word "kayfabe" is being used casually.

by Anonymousreply 1704/07/2021

[quote]I assumed you were both referring to Sir Francis Bacon, Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England.

An easy error to make, given DL's catholicity of interest. But no, it's the painter who didn't mind too much being thrown through a plate-glass window by a sadistic lover who is of slightly the keener interest.

by Anonymousreply 1804/07/2021

The bisexual thing among Zees is interesting... for now.

by Anonymousreply 1904/07/2021

[quote] I assumed you were both referring to Sir Francis Bacon, Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England.

At least Sir Francis had good taste in men. Welsh was his sleeping partner preference. And he wrote that immortal line about the true line of beauty being drawn with a crooked hand.

by Anonymousreply 2004/07/2021

Is gay culture dead?

by Anonymousreply 2104/07/2021

Interesting question. Some comparisons to black culture - at its prime in the 60s-70s when identification of being black was about cultural and social similarities - African tribal behaviors, natural afros, dashikis Then subsumed by the shared history of slavery. Then overtaken by current day police mistreatment.

Gay history in its prime in the 70s focused on shared cultural and social similarities - sexual crusing, machismo, shared secret language. It then became about being victims. Then about being legally discriminated against participating in heterosexual traditions.

Both types of identify “culture” have become irrelevant in a world of greater equality. The identification as “other” with separate distinct interests seems unnecessary.

by Anonymousreply 2204/07/2021

Gay culture also no longer has a unifying cause. Certainly not Trans. I’d wager the great swathe of gay men and lesbians don’t really give a fuck about trans issues apart from wishing them well, and (like mainstream society) the lesbians hoping the barely transitioned ones won’t use their changing rooms, and the men hoping they won’t fuck one by mistake. Un-PC of course, but the raw truth. And that’s hardly the stuff that makes a movement or culture. The only gay culture that exists now in the West is shopping.

by Anonymousreply 2304/08/2021

I don’t know anymore. I believe gay culture and rights are a lost cause.

by Anonymousreply 2404/08/2021

THIS

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by Anonymousreply 2504/08/2021

Does that also come with some Hai Karate?

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by Anonymousreply 2604/08/2021

Ryan Murphy’s productions. I can’t think of anything else.

by Anonymousreply 2704/08/2021

James Charles, apparently.

by Anonymousreply 2804/09/2021

It's interesting no one has anything to add. Gay culture IS dead.

by Anonymousreply 2904/10/2021

Yeah. *crickets* But it really IS hard to think of any meaningful stuff. 20 & 30 years ago that would not have been the case.

by Anonymousreply 3004/10/2021
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