Gay Relationship and Marriage

Like heterosexuals, many lesbian, gay and bisexual people want to form stable, long-lasting relationships and many of them do. In fact, researchers have found that the majority of lesbian, and gay, adults are in committed relationships and many couples have been together 10 or more years. 

Gay Travel and Leisure

As the global visibility of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender (LGBT) community increases, the discussion of the market’s economic impact continues to gain traction. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the travel industry. Lesbian and gay people tend to travel more than their heterosexual counterparts. Travel industry is aware of importance of gay and lesbian persons for its development and survival. We can see that in increased marketing and advertising targeting gay, lesbian and bisexual persons. Lesbian and gay youth are particularly looking for travel opportunities to regions where they can feel free about their sexuality.

Gay Themed Arts and Entertainment

When discussing media representation of various groups, especially those we consider marginalized, stereotypes are often a primary concern. But sometimes, breaking a stereotype doesn’t go quite far enough, and the issue can be a little more complicated than merely determining whether or not a character is represented in a positive or negative way. The section that follows explores different approaches to queer content by analyzing various ways that popular media have used characterized LGBTQ people.

Queer Shopping

In the late 90’s gay consumers emerged as an allegedly near mystical consumer group, as educated, urban consumers with sophisticated taste, high disposable incomes and was generally regarded as opinion leaders for desired consumer goods. But since 1990’s the western societies has transited into a post-gay phase where sexual orientation is not as relevant as they used to be.

Gay Fetish

The most common use of the word fetish is probably the sexual meaning. Someone with a foot fetish is abnormally interested in feet and gets sexual pleasure from seeing, being around, and even thinking about feet

The majority of gay and lesbian people never venture into the ‘gay ghettos’, are embarrassed by some of the stereotypes and behaviors. They lead such “normal lives”…. they consider themselves almost boring.

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Belief that there is no “gay lifestyle” or that it represents only minority of LGBTQ people (apparently only 10%) is simply not true. It is, however, unfortunate that LGBTQ people are often forced to “gay ghettos”

I often use the analogy of the iceberg. We have two very separate things 1. The tip of the iceberg – the ‘gay scene’ (10%). This is often the only thing people see as it is visible and promoted in the media. 2. Underneath the water though, 90% of the iceberg is unseen. This represents the larger portion of the LGBTQ community; people who are not as visible because they live ‘normal’ lives at work and with their partners or family in the suburbs.

On a side note, the incorrect use of this term ‘gay lifestyle’ has been a contributing factor to many a Christian young person’s demise. For example, if I am a young gay man in a church and all I’ve ever heard about is the ‘gay lifestyle’…..then …if I feel I must be honest about my sexual orientation, I’ve been conditioned to think there is only one way to express that… what do I do…..head off the nearest ‘gay ghetto’ and begin to live the ‘gay lifestyle’. The church’s lack of knowledge about our community has contributed to the self destructive lifestyles and even HIV infection of some who have left or been rejected from their church communities.

Anthony Venn-Brown OAM, is one of Australia’s foremost commentators on faith and sexuality

Although I believe that LGBTQ people live “normal life”, it is the fact that some specific issues need to be addressed separately from the “normal lifestyle”. Just take the same sex marriage example. Unfortunately, in majority of countries it is not legal. At the same time it is “normal” for heterosexuals.