Professor Declares Millennial Snowflakes and Their Victim-hood Is Destroying Gay Culture

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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  1. If young people are feeling like victims they need to get over it. Homosex will never be accepted by the prevailing culture and soon they will be shocked to find themselves having to march, fight and demonstrate for their rights and re-liberation.

    Something I wrote October 19, 2014 is somewhat relevant:

    I agree that in some respect the LGBT movement toward equality has stifled the experiment, the joy and the energy of Gay Liberation.

    The AIDS epidemic was the catalyst that forced many gays out of the closet, made us more visible, gave further impetus to gay identity and sex-positive attitudes.

    But this trend ultimately evolved into a mass equality movement as loving partners began to realize that their relationships and their ability to care for one another were in jeopardy.

    We moved from being in fear of exposure and the resulting consequences, including arrest and disownment, to being out and bold.

    Sexual liberation and experimentation, positive promiscuity and recreation was a breath of fresh air. Enter technology: the cruising areas got closed down by authorities when such places became well known via the internet; and the new “apps” just took the place of the great outdoors.

    I wonder if young LGBT people have an inordinate amount of shame about their sexuality – certainly they are much more open and comfortable on a whole than we were in the pre-AIDS era. But (unless I am missing something – and that may well be the case) there is not the sex-positive attitude that was a hallmark of the 70s and 80s.

    I think one thing that has really changed for the worse is that the impersonal nature of tech-based hook-ups may feed into a person’s lack of self-confidence and isolation. I think the challenge for the LGBT community is how to achieve our full rights and be treated with respect while maintaining a cultural identity. It seems that our sub-culture is being watered down and diluted.

    Perhaps when (if ever) we secure our rights in stone we can openly teach our young people about our history, our struggles, our sexuality and come back to a sex-positive position.

    But, somewhat sadly, there is no going back to a better or more “liberating” time. Everything is dynamic, changing one thing changes everything else. It is what it is – but that too will change.

What do you think?