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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Infighting within the homosexual community

San Francisco Chroncicle staff writer Annie Nakao penned an article this past Sunday about a depressed and angry gay writer and editor, Matt Bernstein Sycamore, and his quest to define what the homosexual community should be. The article briefly touches on Sycamore's background to establish a context for what he's been through and what his dreams are for the homosexual community. We learn Sycamore was "abused at a young age" and grew up in an "assimilated, white, Jewish, abusive" family. He admits to still turning tricks to "pay the rent." Sycamore rails against the dominant homosexual community for its focus on assimilating with the straight community and pursuing equality in marriage, adoption and military service.

Emphasizing his point, Sycamore recently edited an anthology authored by "a bunch of freaks, fruits, perverts and whores." Sycamore is admittedly out to tweak the gay establishment which he states is losing its "radical queerness." He has great concern with the marginalization of the "transgendered, drag queens, dykes on bikes, transvestites, leather daddies and hookers/sex workers." In the article Sycamore states, "People need to step back and challenge and dismantle everything that is normal. ... That's the gift queers have."

Deconstructing "normalcy" is a central plank in the homosexual manifesto. Curiously enough, Sycamore's attack on normalcy generally focuses to some degree on gender and sex. It's normal for an author to expect payment in exchange for their written materials. It's normal to expect a cook in a restaurant to serve that which you ordered, and not something laced with poison. It's normal to expect American drivers to drive on the right side of the road. It's normal to expect a pilot to land on a runway. It's normal to expect a musician to sing in key, or at least try. These are all normal behaviors in which Sycamore likely finds little grounds for disagreement.

Sycamore's concerns are disingenuous. He frets that his war against normalcy is being lost but its evident his concern is narrowed enough to undermine his argument as a whole. In a word he's hypocritical. Sycamore is radical in his war against God-ordained sexual behavior and gender roles. Inflamed with bitterness, he's now taking his battle to those of like mind.


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