Gays Indulge in Heterophobia as San Francisco Diversifies

With militant members of minorities, tolerance and diversity are only good until they get the upper hand. Then they want to be sure not to lose it:

When Cleve Jones, a longtime gay activist who led the creation of the Aids Memorial Quilt, went to his local gay bar in the Castro district, he saw something that shocked him.

“The tech bros had taken over The Mix. They commanded the pool table and the patio. These big, loud, butch guys. It was scary,” he said. “I’m not heterophobic, but I don’t want to go to a gay bar and buy some guy a drink and have him smirk and tell me he’s straight.”

Imagine someone saying, “I’m not homophobic, but I don’t want to go to a regular bar and have sexual deviants give me creepy looks.” Concerned citizens would notify the Thought Police.

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Residents of San Francisco’s historically gay Castro district are worried that it’s changing, as speculators come in to flip the few remaining ramshackle old Victorians and the old-timer gay bars shutter. In a recent small survey, 77% of people who have lived in the neighborhood for 10 or more years identified as gay, while only 55% of those who moved in the past year did. …

“When you lose the geographic concentration, you lose a lot,” Jones said. “We lose the cultural vitality, the political power – you also lose the specialized social services.”

Then there is the feel of the place, which is becoming lost as an alien culture intrudes.

Amy Sueyoshi, 45, associate dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, says she [?] now feels less safe as a genderqueer person walking around San Francisco…

“The Dyke March has become this huge frat party … All these straight dudes and their girlfriends are descending on the park and setting up hammocks,” Sueyoshi said. “It’s a little bit sad.”

She followed up with an email: “I do like to go to places in and around the Castro for Happy Hour or a snack and I’ve noticed more straight people making out at these places where I go deliberately to NOT feel like I am oppressed by heterosexuality. Really, straight people do you HAVE to make out in the Castro as well? Good Lord.”

There goes the neighborhood!

Charlie-Ballard
Local drag queen Charlie Ballard doesn’t want straight people in his audience.

On a tip from Bodhisattva. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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