Volume 95, Issue 27

Friday, October 19, 2001
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Out and proud

Gettin' clubbed

Wearing the same underwear

Out and proud

Re: "Drag the chic for the week," Oct. 16

To the Editor:

In response to Judie Larracy's Oct. 16 news brief, I would like to clarify for the Western student population what Coming Out week is really about – undoubtedly, little more than a half-hearted attempt at political correctness.

First, why do all other universities, similar in size to Western, have large, heavily integrated and both politically and socially influential gay pride organizations while Western merely provides an elusive Coming Out week?


Due to a lack of political and social attention that can, ironically, best be seen during this week of celebration and visibility, the majority of Western's gay population still lives, or at least operates, in a sad state of almost McCarthyite terror.

Second, contrary to the view that Western is "an open, accepting community," it is a quintessentially conservative university, much to the likes of 90210, The College Years.

Characters of visible minorities are used like moderated accessories or tokens of affected humanitarianism. At best, ethnic, social and sexual diversity can be seen in the student population's choice of fall fashion.

Many thanks to the USC for this year's commemorative Drag Show. Frankly, I couldn't think of a better way to create an open and positive space for gays and lesbians than to further propagate every dominant stereotype about gay life.

Thus, every lonely closetted man and woman is kept in their respective self-loathing closets and the remainder of Western's "out and proud" community in theirs.

Now that I think of it, a few rainbow flags attached to this week's incredibly popular Clinique display would have been an improvement on the USC's coming out campaign.

At least then they could have had a group of flamboyantly gay men giving skin consultations and maybe even a team of lesbians fixing cars and giving home repair advice in the parking lot.

Michael Bailey

Media Information and Technoculture/English III

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