Twenty years after the publication of A Place at the Table, our friend Bruce Bawer ruminates on the meaning of “gay culture”:
When gays, socially speaking, are in the process of being integrated into the mainstream, and when the cultural works created by and/or about gay people are no longer consumed exclusively or even mostly by gay people, what does this say about what gay culture has become? In what ways, moreover, has the mainstreaming of openly gay culture (as opposed to the covertly gay culture of the Noel Cowards and W.H. Audens that was always a part of the mainstream) changed the mainstream? These are big—and fascinating—questions, and the answers are elaborate and complicated.
The IGF blog (and the “Culture Watch” column that preceded it, syndicated in a few brave gay papers), had its origins in the gay culture struggles that Bruce has analyzed so well.