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LGBT News: Aggressive or Passive

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(OKLAHOMA CITY) On a google group I subscribe to there was a discussion of how aggressive an Oklahoma-based GLBT online news page should be in its reporting of GLBT news in Oklahoma and whether the depiction of straight women as stereotypes with photo-shopped pictures is appropriate.

I would like to suggest that whatever is developing in the way of a "non-controversial"alternative to www.Gossip-boy.com
is not some extension of the fawning obeisance to religion that passes in Oklahoma as "progressive politics". I appreciate the no-holds-barred attitude of Gossip-boy.

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Those who object to the treatment of straight women on Gossip-boy should, it seems to me, be objecting as well to the depiction of drag queens as an icon of our community. Drag is not a barb to women but represents the playing out of the stereotyped belief of many straights that most gay men want to be women. I get the symbolic nature of the impersonation even though I find it personally belittling to gay men who haven't the faintest desire to cross-dress and are secure in their own egos. But that's an exercise in diversity, isn't it?

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My point is that are we going to use all the tools we can legally, or are we going to wring our hands and worry over being seen as rude?

I ask that we not confuse the hard news section of Gossip-boy with the satirical Smack column written by "Hunter". The news articles give us information about the machinations and backstage plans of the homo-haters that the main stream media in Oklahoma, or nationally, will never touch. I'd put Gossip-boy's investigative success up against that of even Rachel Madow any day, any time.

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By devoting itself to Oklahoma, Gossip-boy is able to put the magnifying glass on the legislative and social labyrinth that is working tirelessly to put us either back in the figurative old closet or in a literal new grave.

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James Nimmo is active in progressive issues and believes no one should be denied their equality because of the accidents of birth and circumstances.

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