Is this the same church that moved out east to follow white flight. Yes, Christians indeed.
As society becomes more welcoming of gay men and lesbians, people who based their identity and self-worth on being gay victims are increasing lashing out at supposed racism and class-warfare as a means to “keep the fight alive”.
As the gay and lesbian community becomes more mainstreamed into everyday American society these professional victims are upset that being gay no longer makes them extraordinary or different from their fellow Americans.
This is to be understood. For too long gay and lesbian Americans had to believe that their dreams and desires for love were different or even shameful.
The gay and lesbian struggle was and is a fight for acceptance into the broader American family. This fight is becoming a reality. Yes, it can be depressing if you grew up believing that yours was a love that “dare not speak its name” - while the number one pop song in the country, proclaims that gay people were “born this way”.
Rest assured, this is a generational anger. The vast majority of gays and lesbians want to have a family (or not) serve in the armed forces (or not) and to be judged for their work performance and not their sexual preference. The new generation of gays and lesbians of every color want to succeed in America. This is hard medicine for both republicans (many of whom still detest gay and lesbians) and the professional left who see gays and lesbians as both reliable votes and as an ATM machine.
Gays and lesbians are still bullied, hated and discriminated against. Having straight allies in important places is very important. Until the Memphis city council passes work place anti- discrimination laws protecting the LGBT community we need all the enlightened voices we can muster.
But be aware the LGBT community wants safe streets and livable communities. We will always bring our shared experiences as a group that did and still suffers greatly from discrimination. I hope this makes us more compassionate. But at the end of our struggle the fact remains we just want to be part of America
Memphis has the worst gay bar scene in the country for a city it's size. We need only to look at Nashville to see how gay bars can be clean, modern and upscale.
Memphis lacks a Arthouse cinema. Both Nashville and Little Rock have non-profit cinemas that show off beat , independent fare. I don't understand why Indie Memphis does not strive to have it's own venue.
What I am hoping that Mary will do is to help drive interest in Memphis among the creative class. Many years ago Memphis hosted Richard Florida for a think tank symposium called the Memphis Manifesto. Its mission was to help mid-sized cities retain and attract the American creative class. When we look at cities that are expanding and performing well right now – Raleigh, Austin even Nashville - these are cities that put a premium on arts, culture, progressive politics, diversity, and tolerance towards gay and lesbian citizens. Our major corporate players have done little help advance Memphis as a city of the future. Fred Smith likes to support major league sports but is absent from supporting the arts in Memphis. How could be of let the downtown arts space Powerhouse die? What is the possibility of creative the proposed arts park downtown (as opposed to a 100M dollar bait and tackle shop) (why would a young creative mobile person relocate to a city that puts a premium on a bait and tackle but not the arts).
I hope Mary will call for a regrouping of the Memphis Manifesto group – lets see how we can work with business leaders to help make Memphis a progressive city.
Sorry but the CVC, the Chamber doesn’t have the mindset to do the work necessary to attract the creative class. I hope Mary does.
I lay the blame with AC. Where is the leadership on this issue? He has proven he wants to spend zero political capital on this issue. Years ago Richard Flordia told memphis it needed to hold on to it's "creative class" - AC knows that - this is a black eye on the city - once again.
Bad month for Memphis indeed - we came across as a backwards anti-gay city this month - why not just show the creative class the door -
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