Do you consider gay people to be a community?

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    Sep 19, 2013 1:21 AM GMT
    Are we a cohesive community with common interests, culture or goals?
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    Sep 19, 2013 1:37 AM GMT
    Dekiruman saidAre we a cohesive community with common interests, culture or goals?
    Huh? No mention of race or ethnicity like in your other troll threads? icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 19, 2013 2:09 AM GMT
    No, we are not a community with the same common interests or culture. Maybe we share common goals on occasion/certain issues, but not persistently/variably.

    There is a "family" though. Whether you hate 'em or love 'em, we all share a significant back story and we all share a common attraction, and that makes us "family".


    Dekiruman saidAre we a cohesive community with common interests, culture or goals?
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    Sep 19, 2013 2:10 AM GMT
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    Dekiruman saidAre we a cohesive community with common interests, culture or goals?
    Huh? No mention of race or ethnicity like in your other troll threads? icon_lol.gif


    Deki trolls?
    He's a stealthy troll. icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 19, 2013 2:13 AM GMT
    No
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    Sep 19, 2013 3:25 AM GMT
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    Sep 19, 2013 3:28 AM GMT
    No
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    Sep 19, 2013 3:50 AM GMT
    More like a dysfunctional family. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 19, 2013 3:55 AM GMT
    No.
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    Sep 19, 2013 3:59 AM GMT
    Dekiruman saidAre we a cohesive community with common interests, culture or goals?


    I think...

    No.
    But yes in the sense of seeking equality.

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    Sep 19, 2013 5:05 AM GMT
    We need to be to face the anti gay violence that still occurs such as in NYC recently.Ryan and Ruben.

  • waccamatt

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    Sep 19, 2013 5:17 AM GMT
    Absolutely; just like any family we may disagree sometimes, but we have each other's backs.
  • Expat22

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    Sep 19, 2013 5:22 AM GMT
    Id say so for the most part.

    May not have the same beliefs or goals, but often band together
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    Sep 19, 2013 5:44 AM GMT
    Hard to say.

    Can you give an example of a minority "community" that comprises a similar percentage of the population that we do? What are the clear identifiers of community?

    There may be dominant elements of gay culture, but if you don't share those interests or goals you may not feel as though you are a part of any community.

    waccamatt saidAbsolutely; just like any family we may disagree sometimes, but we have each other's backs.


    I posted a light-hearted thread last week about being invited to our LGBT happy hour (I figured out why I was included). There's a guy in another department who was there that had seemed kind of inattentive/ineffective He has been super responsive since then. I guess he's got my back now?
  • Webster666

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    Sep 19, 2013 5:49 AM GMT
    Dekiruman saidAre we a cohesive community with common interests, culture or goals?


    I'd say that we are definitely a community, since we have our sexual orientation in common.
    --Cohesive ? Sometimes
    --Common Interests ? Equal rights
    --Culture ? It's diverse, but, yes
    --Goals ? Equal rights, again
  • BIG_N_TALL

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    Sep 19, 2013 6:02 AM GMT
    Sometimes.....
  • Amelorn

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    Sep 19, 2013 6:02 AM GMT
    I consider the wider LGBT group to be something akin to the Holy Roman Empire....a hot mess of diverse, fractured groups that can do amazing things when some outside force compels it towards coherence.
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    Sep 19, 2013 8:33 AM GMT
    Yes and no. Because all of us gays want equal rights, protection and acceptance! But then again, there are such things as too much partying, drinking, drugs...etc. Urg I guess depends on the day, I was in the scene before but not so much anymore! I still like to hang out with gay guys! So Yeah, I feel like a part of a community.
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    Sep 19, 2013 1:47 PM GMT
    Maybe a group of people within the community.
  • woow

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    Sep 19, 2013 1:56 PM GMT
    No.

    Gay Culture is about a ghetto no a sexual orientation.

    I reckon 1t's just a made up group of men who have in common to fancy other men. Other than that, you find a huge variety in ideas, interests, and goals.

    LGBT community is a made up group to enclose everything that is not heterosexual for simple matter, even though people included might have little in common.
  • Apparition

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    Sep 19, 2013 2:16 PM GMT
    in the way that say, miniature train enthusiasts are a cohesive community.
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    Sep 19, 2013 2:18 PM GMT
    waccamatt saidAbsolutely; just like any family we may disagree sometimes, but we have each other's backs.


    Wow, I wish I shared your experiences. I haven't experienced much of a sense of us having each other's back other than fighting for shared equal rights. In fact, I have found straight guys and females to be more likely to have my back for anything gay related. The "disagreements" that I commonly witness among gays are nothing like the disagreements in family from my experience...

    For example the way lesbians get bashed on this board and other forums is unbelievable. It's like they aren't even considered a part of our "community". Then there is the role of race and nationality. It feels like attraction is a major driver in how gay guys decide who they'll let into their circle unless forced to interact.

    This is very much in contrast to what I do feel is somewhat a community, the black community. No matter where I've gone in the US, if a black person walks down the hall at my job or we pass each other in a restaurant or even park next to each other in the parking lot, there is often a head nod, or "How're you doing?" Or some version of hello. I've been at mixers and conferences where the only reason why we've introduced ourselves and kept in touch was because we were black and there was a feeling of "I understand your story".
  • Montague

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    Sep 19, 2013 2:19 PM GMT
    nah, not even close
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    Sep 19, 2013 2:19 PM GMT
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    Dekiruman saidAre we a cohesive community with common interests, culture or goals?
    Huh? No mention of race or ethnicity like in your other troll threads? icon_lol.gif


    Deki trolls?
    He's a stealthy troll. icon_lol.gif



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    Sep 19, 2013 2:20 PM GMT
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    waccamatt saidAbsolutely; just like any family we may disagree sometimes, but we have each other's backs.


    Wow, I wish I shared your experiences. I haven't experienced much of a sense of us having each other's back other than fighting for shared equal rights. In fact, I have found straight guys and females to be more likely to have my back for anything gay related. The "disagreements" that I commonly witness among gays are nothing like the disagreements in family from my experience...

    For example the way lesbians get bashed on this board and other forums is unbelievable. It's like they aren't even considered a part of our "community". Then there is the role of race and nationality. It feels like attraction is a major driver in how gay guys decide who they'll let into their circle unless forced to interact.

    This is very much in contrast to what I do feel is somewhat a community, the black community. No matter where I've gone in the US, if a black person walks down the hall at my job or we pass each other in a restaurant or even park next to each other in the parking lot, there is often a head nod, or "How're you doing?" Or some version of hello. I've been at mixers and conferences where the only reason why we've introduced ourselves and kept in touch was because we were black and there was a feeling of "I understand your story".


    I guess this is why I asked. I feel like THAT is what's missing in our community and that if we had it, we would get things done a lot faster.