“Straights” completely ignore the generations where gay people have been repressed, depressed, suppressed, oppressed and hated-on by “straight” people. “Straights” have been demonising us, minimising us, pushing us out of the way even out of our own neighbourhoods (as they are currently doing in many US cities) and disrespecting our gay culture to impose their sterile, bland and prudish conservative “Family-Friendly” nonsense. Indeed “straights” have been hating-on us and on occasion killing gay people for generations.
Hola. ¿Qué tal? This post came about from a discussion I had recently with some amigos.
For those who haven’t kept up, many of the gay areas in major cities of The Empire (also known as the US, The Cesspool, los Estados Unidos) have already been or are in the process of being invaded/taken over by heterosexuals/”straights.”
Some examples: Manhattan’s Chelsea barrio/neighbourhood in New York City comes to mind as well as West Hollywood in Los Ángeles County, The Castro in San Francisco (see San Francisco’s Fading Gay Mecca) and Dupont Circle in the District of Columbia. They are four gay areas that come to mind that we talked about in our discussion.
What’s the reason for “straights” pushing gay people out of our gay areas? Well, I’ll tell it like it is, which I like to do: Among the many reasons for this (including Immense Greed of the Real Estate Industrial Complex and their Corrupt Liars), Queer boys and girls fixed up their barrios and made them fairly nice places to live. Then the “straights” heard about this and they decided that, “hey, maybe the gay area is not such a bad place after all and a nice place for us to live too with ‘the gays’ (as they call us).” Of course the “straights” could just fix up their own dumpy neighbourhoods, no? No, that would require too much work and energy on their part. It’s much easier to push “the gays” out of their areas. So the pushy “straights” decided to take the easy way out. They come barreling into the gay barrios to live, to hang out and get drunk/party in gay bars and then they begin to squeeze out babies (after which time they often become a conservative prude; it’s strange how having babies can change some people 180 degrees). But they’re not satisfied with just moving into the gay area. No. They decide they want to change the barrio to the way they want it to be (Question: why did they move to the gay area if it wasn’t already the way they wanted it to be?), so that means sanitising the barrio and making it—what they call, using Newspeak— “Family-Friendly.” Ugh. The translation of this: Make the former mostly gay area (that the “straights” have now pushed their way into) like any other area. Well there goes the neighbourhood! And if they wanted the gay area to be like any other neighbourhood why the fuck didn’t they just stay where they were? Are they that fucking out-of-it? Then unfortunately, the heteronormative gay conservatives (often displaying self-gay hate) rush to defend and support the prudish “straights” because they too now want to sanitise the area and make it like the heterosexual place they fled from decades ago when they moved to San Francisco, for example. The gay conservatives use Newspeak to describe their agenda. They call this: “the gay community maturing.” It’s the gay community becoming (more) conservative, that’s the reality. So the gay conservatives are not fooling anyone with their bull shit and Newspeak.
Also, the conservatives/right-wing nutjobs—including gay conservatives with their fucked-up heteronormative thinking—insist there’s no longer a need for “gay ghettos,” as they call them. They’re using the term “ghetto” as a pejorative obviously, and deliberately so. But how many “ghettos” do you know of that come with million dollar homes and come with status-symbol “Keeping up with the Joneses” black, silver, tan or white SUVs and other pretentious-type vehicles? That’s what one finds in these so-called “gay ghettos.” And despite the false impression and phony picture that some people like to paint about “straights” and GLBTQs now being so lovey-dovey together, many of us don’t fall for that bull shit either. I invite the gay conservatives to go to a gay bar and try to approach a “straight” guy who has parked his ass in a gay bar—what the fuck is he doing in a gay bar to begin with if he’s not a fucking closet case?—and ask him for a date or to come over to one’s place, and see what type of reaction one gets. One might just see how lovey-dovey he acts then as he’s foaming at the mouth with hostility and being resentful that anyone would think he’s gay—and his reaction clearly demonstrates that he thinks there’s something wrong with being gay—even though his ass is parked in a gay bar. Hypocrite/Closet Case! From my research, some lesbians have said the same thing about “straight” females being in lesbian bars and the problems that arise from that. There are many good reasons to have separate “straight” and gay bars. Duh. And historically, gay bars have existed for very good and viable reasons. I’ve never known any gay people to deliberately go to a “straight” bar, but in these loco days many supposed “straights” are wandering into gay bars. There must be something in the water. Or are they closet cases and trying to come out? Or are they using a gay bar for cheating purposes (to cheat on someone and they think they won’t be discovered there?)
I’ve noticed many times how the conservatives like to go on about how the “straights” bring so-called “diversity” to gay areas. Oddly, they’ve never claimed that GLBTQs bring “diversity” to “straight” areas. Instead, the “straights” have said, “Go back to the (gay) Castro.” The conservatives/right-wing nutjobs have mocked, made fun of and hated on diversity during the decades when San Francisco was known as a “Left” city. The conservatives despised diversity and mocked diversity at every opportunity. But now that they and their corporatist conservative parasites are in power as part of San Francisco’s Corporate Fascist government (or using the sanitised word Oligarchy), where a techie billionaire is unofficially el alcalde/the mayor and corporate greed interests run and own the city government and determine its policies, the conservatives now pretend to be all for so-called diversity. Again, it’s more bull shit. We’re living in an Age of Bull Shit and Lies. Because in reality, the conservatives/right-wing don’t give a fuck about diversity and they never have. They hide behind the word “diversity” when it means “straights” taking over a gay neighbourhood and sanitising it, and San Francisco becoming a conservative/right-wing city and the opposite of what it was. It’s just more of their Newspeak and bull shit and the conservatives are not fooling any thinking person.
Then we have the large condo-sized, ubiquitous baby-strollers that “straights” love to bring into gay areas in their very determined and pushy attempt to continue to make the gay area (what they call) “Family-Friendly” so that some gullible gay guys will gush and fawn over their little niño/a with the perfunctory, “Gitchi Gitchi Goo” script. This scene happened a few days ago: Three white young “straights” couples came into The Castro and congested the sidewalk on the south side of Market Street so that nobody could get around them. They each had a condominium-sized baby stroller (the pretentious “Keeping up with the Jones-es” type). So that’s 3 big baby strollers blocking the entire sidewalk. Have these morons never heard of “wearing” their baby? Apparently, being inconsiderate assholes they expected everyone to walk out in the street to get around them. They seemed to be under the illusion that nobody else lives here but them since they acted typically oblivious and with a lobotomised facial expression as if they saw no one and felt nothing. Assholes.
Some of us—including mi amigos—say we didn’t move 3,000 miles (from the East Coast to the West Coast) to live among “straight” people in San Francisco’s Castro, for example. Just as some muchachos say they didn’t move from Brooklyn or one of the other boroughs to Manhattan’s Chelsea so they could live among redneck, anti-gay “straight” people who have moved into Chelsea. (Chelsea: The Death of a Gay Neighborhood, Murdered by Neo-Hetero-Homophobes). If we Queers had wanted to live among “straight” people we would have stayed where we were decades ago.
The Sanitising of San Francisco’s Castro
The sanitising of San Francisco’s Castro as a Queer barrio seems to be almost complete unfortunately and this has come about with the complicity of that useless, conservative and totalitarian merchants association in The Castro. They’re the same basura that sometime ago expressed, “mounting concern about the Castro losing its GLBTQ identity.” Their only “mounting concern” was losing dinero/$$. They don’t give a fuck where their dinero comes from so as far as most of them are concerned let’s help to turn this into a “straight” barrio and maybe that would work out better for us financially. The merchants association are indeed part of the problem/reason that the Castro is losing it’s GLBTQ identity. To me and mi amigos, it looks like the Castro is going to completely sanitise so as to focus on a “straight” identity. In other words, The Castro will be like any other barrio. Question: Why will people want to come to The Castro when it will look like where they came from? I can see national and international tourists saying upon arriving here: “Well there’s nothing here to see. This looks like home. This looks like any place else. What exactly am I supposed to be seeing here?” Yes, that’s the problem with lobotomised cities and areas. Following the Castro sidewalk expansion—which erased/tore up/got rid of the sidewalks of the former Castro of the Gay Mecca Days (and there were decades of Queer history in those sidewalks) and of The former Alternative and Proudly Radical San Francisco—and to help sanitise The Castro, they took down all the rainbow flags on the utility poles on Castro (just like the “gay” gym on Market Street near Castro removed their rainbow colours). Castro Street now looks like any other area of the city, and that’s the intent. There are now only a few gay symbols remaining in the sanitised Castro. A couple of bars still have rainbow flags, for example, there’s the rainbow crosswalks which were recently installed at Castro/18th. Those crosswalks are already getting dirty with tire marks and parts of them are already coming up and they can’t be seen easily at night. All that remains after that is the big rainbow flag at Castro and Market. But some of us are wondering how long it will be before that comes down too. The Castro has a very different feel now since the sidewalk expansion. It feels impersonal/colder and it feels like one might be in the suburbs with wide sidewalks (like at a mall) and palm trees and the “straight” couples walking hand-in-hand or arm-in-arm.
Many “straights” whine about “gays being so in-your-face with their sexuality.” But “straights” have no problem with coming into our barrio (The Castro, for example) and making out at the bus stop or anywhere else and being “in-your-face with their sexuality” to let us all know that they’re “straight” (as if anyone gives a fuck). I and others feel like screaming to them: “get a room somewhere!!” as the saying goes or “take that back to the Marina or North Beach,” (the heterosexual areas of San Francisco). When “straights” come to sashay their asses through The Castro with their required hand-holding and their perfunctory arm-in-arm around each other (is she really that insecure and desperately needy for attention that she must have his arm around her at all times?…jesus!) and their making sure everyone knows that they’re “straight” (in what is supposed to be a gay area) with their in-your-face “straight” affection, and also by their giving some of us GLBTQ strange/anti-gay looks in our own neighborhood, some of us do get fucking pissed off and we’re sick of it.
With average rents today in San Francisco at about $3,500.00, the reality is that San Francisco is now completely unaffordable to the GLBTQ people who throughout the past four decades escaped to San Francisco to get away from anti-gay harassment and violence. Also, San Francisco’s District 8, which includes The Castro and is the district that conservative Politician Cocks pretends to represent—in reality he represents his corporate owners and the Real Estate Industrial Complex and their Corrupt Liars—has the highest rate of evictions through the Ellis Act (a state law) and it’s one of the means used by greedy speculator$ for evicting long-term rent controlled tenants in order to flip their buildings and make huge profit$. Greed. Many GLBTQ people have already been evicted or made homeless because of mostly “straight” young, white, lobotomised, stupidphone-addicted techies taking over San Francisco. (Related: Smartphones are transforming society into a sea of stupid).
Sometimes when GLBTQ people write what I’ve written here some “straights” get offended at what they call the snide remarks about “straights.” (Well I haven’t even gotten warmed up). And let me put it to you this way:
The very worst I think I’ve ever seen or heard from GLBTQ people is—what one would call—to make a snide remark about “straight” people. But by comparison, “straight” people have killed gay people for being gay, “straight” people have driven gay people from their homes and from their jobs and anything else they wanted to remove gay people from. “Straights” have made life a living hell for GLBTQ people historically. Not all “straights” have done this or do this today. But for “straight” people to whine about some perceived negative remarks from GLBTQs regarding “straights” is for “straights” to completely ignore the generations where gay people have been repressed, depressed, suppressed, oppressed and hated-on by “straight” people. “Straights” have been demonising us, minimising us, pushing us out of the way even out of our own barrios/neighbourhoods (as they’re doing now), disrespecting our (proudly-radical) gay culture to impose their sterile, bland, boring, prudish-conservative “Family-Friendly” agenda. Indeed “straights” have been hating-on us and on occasion killing gay people for generations.
So I’ll start criticising my fellow Queers for the occasional remarks about “straights” when all “straights” reprimand other “straights” for demonising Queers and making our lives more difficult literally on a daily basis. How’s that? Chau.—el barrio rosa
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