Thursday, 20 October 2011

The Closet

My Dearest Darlings, over the last few months there has been a terrible torrent of stories regarding your inexplicably young committing suicide, due; it is reported to the impossible experience of being perceived as gay in your schools. Why is it that teenagers see that the only escape from persistent and relentless bullying is suicide?

Could it be that despite various campaigns and celebrities championing gay people that in the ‘real’ world it is still not acceptable to be gay? Gayness is still seen as a life choice, as something to be kept private; to be ashamed of. In the UK recently amid spurious rumours of politician Liam Fox’s sexuality he felt his only option was to resign from government, perhaps it is the secrecy and therefore the dishonesty of his demeanour that created an atmosphere of distrust which led to his resignation. The fact that Mr Fox whatever his sexuality was subject to such prurient speculation suggests that to be gay is still seen as something controversial. Or is it that disguising ones sexuality is the real problem? Whatever the case the young perceive speculation surrounding ones sexual preference as a scandal and as a result it is still seen as apparently unrespectable to be gay.

Outrageous (and popularly perceived as slightly bonkers) superstar Lady Gaga has made it her mission to combat bullying and apparently met President Obama recently to discuss the issue, this was in part due to Jamey Rodemeyer’s mention and gratitude to Lady Gaga on-line for her support of gay issues shortly before his suicide due to homophobic bullying.

Well meaning actor and portrayer of the eccentric Zachary Quinto ‘came-out’ this week suggesting that the tragic story of Jamey Rodemeyer had acted as a catalyst for his own public acknowledgment of his sexuality,  he announced that his ‘coming out’ was as an act of gay solidarity. As worthy and admirable as this is, the fact remains that the gay people that actually have political power, the gay people that are in a position to change laws and opinions remain relatively invisible, these mysterious men in suits continue to refuse (perhaps understandably) to be defined by their sexuality, though as long as they continue to do so the only visible gay people and example to the young remain as quirky actors, cuckoo pop-stars, and salacious celebrities, the powers that be expect the famous flibbertigibbet to be gay or gay friendly so alas the support from the ‘weird’ does not particularly challenge the perception and position of the gay person in society hence the continuing chastisement and marginalisation of gay people in your complex and peculiar society by the average or ‘normal’ who it is worth noting remain a constant source of bewilderment and discombobulation to your humble servant Ms Coco Laverne X.