I've been hearing about the "gay lifestyle" for a while, and frankly, I think it's a load of bullshit that people constantly spout because it's easier to assume that being homosexual requires one to have a distinctly different "lifestyle" than it is to take homosexuals in as actual people with unique lives. However, there is a phenomenon supports the "gay lifestyle" stereotype: gay neighborhoods.
I've always wondered what the point was of what I think of as "theme" neighborhoods. Obviously, older people wouldn't want to live next door to a young couple who always blast loud music and have parties, and parents with kids would want to live in close proximity to other parents with kids, so they can relate and their kids can have friends. But the purpose of theme neighborhoods escape me. I know that many "black neighborhoods" exist today because in the not-too-distant past, blacks were hundreds of times worse off than whites and forced to live in certain cheap residential zones. However, why do they remain "black neighborhoods" today? Obviously, much of it has to do with continuous unfair income practices and all sorts of fucked up goings on in the education system, but I'm sure that some part of it has to do with many black people feeling more comfortable living around other black people. I'm sure there would be "white neighborhoods" today if that had not been deemed racist. And it is racist, on both parts. Obviously, you shouldn't go out of your way to live next door to someone of a different race, but it seems that self-segregation is far from a myth, and definitely one of the main contributors to an ever-increasingly uncomfortable culture.
This brings me back to my point of a gay theme neighborhood. I have one word to say: Why?! I understand that gay people desire some form of community so that they can feel safer (i.e. less persecuted), but a theme neighborhood is really a regressive, not a progressive step. We're telling ourselves that separation from people who are different is okay, that it is permissible if we feel threatened. It is a grand self-delusion. In creating homosexual theme neighborhoods, we are not only separating ourselves from the real world (which is in dire need of help), but we are creating a very seductive illusion that will no doubt help to reinforce the stereotypes and hatred that is felt towards homosexuals all over the world. We always say that gay parents adopting children has no adverse effect on the childrens' upbringing, but imagine a straight kid growing up in a neighborhood where everyone is gay . . . it would be as difficult, as emotionally distressing, as, say, a gay kid growing up in a neighborhood where everyone is straight . . . sound familiar?
I am a firm believer in diversity, because diversity tends to breed tolerance and understanding. Having a gay neighborhood is the antithesis of everything that people (especially, I would say, homosexuals) support and fight for. We want the world to understand and be tolerant and accepting. The ABSOLUTE WORST way to do this is to cut ourselves off from reality and live in a little fantasy world where we don't have to deal with real, important challenges. It would be a '50s Suburban Dream neighborhood, only with gays instead of straights. In other words, hell on earth. You want to go off and play house in your little dream-world, with picture-perfect houses and jobs (and sometimes kids) and nicely mown lawns, only instead of being white Christians, you'll be homosexuals. The return of "Separate-but-Equal", only we WANT it! How pathetic. That we would willingly sacrifice our ideals for this surreally mundane existence. You don't feel like dealing with real issues, so you just cart yourself off to a nice place where no one fights and no one is disadvantaged and where you can pretend that the world outside of your little bubble doesn't exist except in the newspapers because EVERYONE IS THE SAME!
Disgusting. Just disgusting.