Marc Almond the iconic gay singer-songwriter and musician synthpop/new wave duo Soft Cell in an interview with The Scotland Herald talks about his career, personal life, and thoughts about how the gay community is broken by LGBT compartmentalization.
[In the 1970’s] “We were together. There was more of a shared experience. The community was more unified and it was us against the world. We had this camaraderie, this anti-establishment force, this secretive, clandestine world which was exciting.
“And even though homosexuality was legal, it was in name only. We were still made to feel like outlaws and as such we’d meet in secret places. And this all added to the feeling we had something to overcome, to strive for, barriers to break down.
“But now I feel [gay] people are very divided. I hate the way the LGBT thing has emerged. It separates.”
He adds, clearly riding hard on a favorite hobby horse, “I hate the fact sections have appeared, for example the transgender community, the lesbians, all divided. I don’t think there is such a thing as a gay community anymore.”