YES, we have a culture and history -and future: An LGBTQ MANIFESTO. BY STEVEN BENSON

Inspired by the performance “Keep it Proud”, at LIPA, 4.4.14,a  combination of lgbtq history, celebration; and a worthwhile attempt at community cohesion

 

FLEE the

Disavowal…..

EMBRACE

Lgbt

Gay

Queer

(Sub)

Culture…..

You don’t have to like ALL of it. You don’t have to disassociate yourself from mainstream culture either.

It does NOT make you a (lgbt) stereotype.

Let go of your fear(but protect yourself by “passing” where necessary and possible!)

Stop worrying about being “integrated”/”assimilated”/the same/”straight-acting”(BE; don’t act)

Stop fearing NON lgbtq people will dislike you for celebrating your difference and, yes, CULTURES.(We do have them and yes, there IS still a need for them- despite more legal equality- because of some entrenched social attitudes)The right people will (still) like you; the wrong ones won’t (avoid them, where possible and protect yourself, unless u feel brave/safe enough to educate{though its ok not to be bothered sometimes!}). The wrong ones will be frightened , so be careful!!(“fear of a Queer/Gay/Lgbt Planet”-very much still exists in insecure people)

So,

Dig out the

Hidden

Sub-texts,

BE camp

(If you want

To be

Camp)

Enjoy opera

Musicals

Pop divas….

OR….

DON’T enjoy them; watch sci-fi and football.

It doesn’t matter…

Be your whole self.Break down,even WITHIN the lgbt community, those false binaries of, for example, lgbt studies and Queer Theory

End the psycho-social

Split ;

and

be a WHOLE

person(my syntax struggles against it but I try!)

 

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ENTHUSIASMS: CLASSICAL MUSIC, ESPECIALLY OBSCURE ROMANTIC COMPOSERS; BACH/HANDEL LITERATURE, ESPECIALLY THOUGHTFUL, WELL-WRITTEN(STYLISTICALLY)NOVELS W G SEBALD WALTER BENJAMIN THEODOR ADORNO(JUST BEGINNING!) AESTHETIC PHILOSOPHY GAY MEN'S WRITING;QUEER THEORY STIMULATING DISCUSSIONS(EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY) GOOD RICH THICK ESPRESSO MICHAEL PONTI SPRITUALITY/LIFE'S "AURA"(BENJAMIN), WHATEVER TRANSCENDENTAL THING YOU WANT TO CALL THIS MEMORY-the elusiveness thereof. LOST TIME AND AN ATTEMPT AT ITS REDEMPTION(NON THEISTICALLY/RELIGIOUSLY)
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