Category: how gay men behave

Do We Agree With Boy George?

I was skipping around the web and found this below. I personally don’t agree. I was around in the eighties and I don’t remember any huge “sense that things were changing, and becoming more open-minded,” as Boy George points out. I was in my teens and although things were changing, most of what I remember had to do with being terrified of AIDS because there wasn’t much information out back then.

I love Boy George, but I honestly just think gay men are like everyone else. They are all individuals and they want to do their own thing. If that means putting on a pink feather boa, lipstick, and earrings, they should feel free to do so. But if they want to put on a Hawaiian shirt, drink beer, and spit on the sidewalk like Linda Warnke pointed out on a comment thread here last week, they should be able to do that, too.

Do Most Gay Men Just Want To Fit In These Days? Boy George Thinks So.
Written by Jonathan Higbee | Monday, 11 April 2011
Tags: what’s your instinct, boy george, gay culture, individuality, quotes, interviews, philip sallon, hate crimes, attacks, heterosexist

A week after the tragic beating (and suspected hate crime) of his good friend and activist Philip Sallon, Boy George has given an interview to claim that gay men no longer want to live outwardly-fabulous lives.

“These things go in circles,” Boy George said to the Guardian.

“In the early 80s there was this sense that things were changing, and becoming more open-minded. But we don’t have that sort of gorgeous youth culture any more, the glam rockers, the New Romantics. People aren’t so individual any more. There is this sense of why would you want to stand out and make a show of yourself?”

“You can find that sort of attitude in the gay community too. That if you are an exhibitionist you are somehow spoiling the big assimilation. Most gay men go out of their way to look normal and fit in, but Philip is not of that breed.”

Do you agree with Boy George? Is the current trend in gay culture that of “blending in” with heteronormative society and rejecting individuality?