In a thoughtful post over at his blog Canadian Rattlesnake, Naamloos, a young gay man, contends he lacks “any loyalty to the gay community,” contrasting sexuality to race:
Unlike race, sexuality is not hereditary. My father is not gay. Nor is my mother. Most black people have at least one black biological parent. I wasn’t born into the gay community.
I haven’t known that I have been gay for my entire life. Some of my characteristics, however, I have known about, or have become aware of prior to my acknowledgement of my homosexuality. Such as my conservative political views.
Although I do use the term “gay community” quite frequently, sometimes I wonder if there is such a thing. With my fellow gay men, I share an attraction to our own sex. And I do tend to get along well with lesbians, well, the ones like Ellen DeGeneres and Mary Cheney who don’t define themselves by their sexuality. But, does that a community make?
I also tend to get along well with my fellow conservatives, but rarely hear the expression, “conservative community.”
So, let me leave you with a question, why should we have a community based on our sexuality, but not our ideological inclinations?