etherspin wrote:I think its gotta be this forum! It seemed like there was a massive proportion of gay/bi peeps on the Vegan Freak forums when they were in full swing and certainly higher than 10%/15% on all the other vegan forums I've been on.
My anecdotal account of things is that there are many more openly gay and bi people in the vegan community than the community in general.
I'd guess its for two reasons
1. Gays and Bi sexuals cop a tonne of crap, are marginalised and can often understand the parallels between human and animal suffering.
2. Anyone who admits , embraces their homo/bisexuality and "comes out" obviously does not shirk being true to their ethics and true self because something is different or frowned on by their family and friends
I hate the term queer, whilst emotional and sexual orientation aren't lifestyle choices, electing which label is applied to you is. For one thing, being lesbian, gay or bisexual is not a gender issue in the same way that being transgender (pan-gender, post-gender...) is, with the latter being mixed with intersex people at an arbitrary level. They are two very separate things. I am gay and I am not transphobic; I was a director of a LGBT charity for two years (and actually tried to get them to support asexual people as well, but they said no because "they don't have the same kind of problems"). I don't like the term queer; it's artificial and a bit too "reclaiming insults as our own" for my liking.tonyboloni wrote:All though I prefer to be called queer....since gay has become a target market group from everything from liquor to automobiles and real estate.
I refuse to be a "lifestyle".
I used to walk in the gay pride march...until it turned into a gay pride parade.
Before I come across as some sort of dour, crabby sourpuss I think pride parades/gay have a purpose...but I found a pride march a more powerful statement.
I usually go back and forth between assimilationist and isolationist. It's heterophobia that keeps me from being in isolationist. I have to admit if I could find a local, vegan, LGBT owned market I'd rather put my money in their pockets than the local national chain.
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