Why Pete Buttigieg is bad for gays. If I am going to talk about surprise presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, I am going to have to talk about meeting my boyfriend on Grindr. Let me explain. Buttigieg is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a small city best known for its proximity to the University of Notre Dame. Grindr is a so-called hook-up app, a chat-cum-geolocation service that tells you how many head shots from five years ago and torso shots from ten years ago are close by. Buttigieg and Grindr are both gay, and both corny, but therein the similarities seem to end.
Being gay is okay: Frequently asked questions 1 of 2
As a teen I binged on Will and Grace. Gay characters were all over soaps, queer celebrities graced the tabloid pages, and even my sex education teacher discussed the, let's say practicalities, of being homosexual. I didn't know any gay people when I was a kid, but I also didn't live in a world which ignored them. Things were far from perfect, but the world was changing and when I came out at 13, it was turbulent but at least within a society where gay people were gaining ground on the fight for acceptance. Many gay men and women in their 20's benefit from the incredible privilege of being part of what is really the first generation of gay people who have been able to live a full, authentic life for all of their adult years. Of course many others are yet to benefit from that privilege, and it's circumstantial that I am able to count myself as one of the privileged few, yet the privilege exists.
It’s actually OK to be gay in China online—just don’t ask for equal rights IRL
Internet socialites who are open about their sexuality have gained popularity and have capitalized on their fame by starting their own lines of clothing. Popular gay-dating app Blued has also reached an astronomical scale of more than 22 millions users , usurping Grindr to become the most-used dating app for gays worldwide. One of the earliest and most popular websites for the gay community was—and still is— Light Blue , the predecessor of the popular app Blued. Founder Geng Le realized that he liked men around , back when homosexuality was still defined as a mental disease link in English in China.
Yet surveying the various panel discussions left me confused. Gay people were once policed as criminal subversives, depicted in the popular culture as deviants, and pathologized by the medical establishment as mentally ill. Now most of America views homosexuality as benign. Only 30 years ago, 57 percent of Americans believed consensual gay sex should be illegal. Today, same-sex marriage has been achieved nationally, gays can serve openly in the military, and most gay people live in states that protect them from discrimination.