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Re: “Planned Winooski Gay Bar Named 'Mister Sister' Creates Rift

@ Vinci- You are wrong. There was no process with "Queer". A group of people chose that name for their identity, it stuck and spread. For those of us who are older, Queer is a derogatory, anti-gay, homophobic word that usually was preceded by a swear word. it is a pure word of hate.

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Posted by Real Masson on 02/28/2017 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Planned Winooski Gay Bar Named 'Mister Sister' Creates Rift

I am a gay man who came out in 1990. I lived thru the turmoil and extreme anti gay homophobia of those years. I founded VGSA (Vermont Gay Social Alternatives) to offer a safe place for Gays. Immediately I was harassed, in those days by mail, for not including other other parts of the community in the title, at that time, Lesbian and Bi-sexual. My response was that the group was accepting of everyone who wanted to become a member and participate, but that the group was primarily gay men. 27 years later and the group still exsists. At the same time it empowered other groups to form.
So the Trans community is offended be the name of a privately owned bar Mister Sister. Google that name and you will find a rock band by that name, other businesses, a U-Tube show, etc. The Pride center seems to think that the re-purposing of the term "Queer" is acceptable to all. NOT to me and those from my generation who were taunted by that word almost daily. But today we are expected to accept that term under the umbrella of diversity regardless of how it makes us feel. Words can have different meanings to different people. Should my generation fight over the word "Queer" in the same way the Trans community is with "Mister Sister". I think the offense is the same level. Don't go to the bar if that's your choice. Someone in the Trans community can open there own bar if they want. Just stop bashing this bar owner who has only the best intentions.
There are far more important issues for our activism.

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Posted by Real Masson on 02/28/2017 at 1:13 AM

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