Post-gay is The New Avant-Garde


Heh… I love this.  Linking to Huffington Post , yet again.  As a Christian on a post-gay journey, I found this closing paragraph (on a pro-gay post, blog) encouraging:

… Things aren’t always that clear, however. A recent study of non-straight young people asked them how they define themselves sexually. The results suggested that more than 7 out of 10 endorsed the usual sexual identity labels gay, lesbian and bisexual, but 10 percent, those like you, showed resistance to those labels or fluidity in their sexual identities. Thirteen percent reported they were “questioning” their sexual identities. So, take comfort that you’re in a sizeable minority – a minority that is often referred to as “post-gay,” and, in fact, should probably be considered avant-garde in having rejected sexual identity labels.

via Steven Petrow: Gay & Lesbian Manners: Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are.

So, be encouraged Christian friends on a post-gay journey, the culture war polarity and cognitive dissonance associated with the false “gay-vs.-straight-and-no-other-options-paradigm” is eroding.

MORE: Is The Christian Post-Gay Journey Determined by Insecurity, Intimidation or Self-Determined Faith in God?

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  1. Thom Hunter says:

    I'm certainly comfortable with being in a minority, and the term “post-gay” works for me, though it too will be a label. But, I don't know if I can handle being avant-garde. It's nice that Petrow acknowledges that “things aren't always that clear,” when it comes to sexual identity. Thankfully, with time and support, things can be cleared up considerably. Nice to be ahead of culture on this one.

  2. Debra Martin says:

    avant-garde |ˈavänt ˈgärd; ˌavä n |
    noun (usu. the avant-garde)
    new and unusual or experimental ideas, esp. in the arts, or the people introducing them

    The fact that sexual orientation can change needs to be seen as old news in today's culture, not as new or unusual or experimental. It's been possible for a very long time, & people need to be caught up w/ the reality of it.

    “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
    I Cor. 6:11

    It is good to see a backlash against labels – but does that necessarily mean that there is a growing hunger for a relationship w/ Jesus, or just a resistance vs. cliches?

  3. CollegeJay says:

    I think most people accept that sexuality is somewhat fluid. Even liberal director Stephen Daldry, who was once actively gay, is now married to a woman (though he still calls himself gay). I think the most important thing for Christians whose sexual feelings aren't heterosexual to do is to be clear. If we say we're “gay,” we need to be clear that we see sexual expression as only allowed for a man and a woman in marriage, and point out or celibacy and obedience to Christ. If we say we're “post-gay” but still experience significant or exclusive attractions to the same sex, we need to be blunt about that as well. Labels are beginning to become useless, but unfortunately the majority of the world needs some sort of label to operate under.

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