One of the hot topics in gay fashion these days is to boycott designers who have refused to create clothing items specifically for gay customers. The designers themselves say that the clothing was not meant to be worn by gay people. Many gay fashion designers have gotten into hot water with this stance and are now facing a myriad of complaints and threats of litigation from groups calling themselves” homophobic” or “haters”. If this kind of thing keeps happening, gay fashion will suffer seriously, and the gay community will once again be considered underground, or rather, undesirable. How can we stop this?
Some gay people are starting to boycott designers who refuse to cater to their community, and who have no problem using language that is abusive or insulting to the gay community. This kind of rhetoric does not help the gay community, nor does it help anyone, really. Why should someone have to be hurt or offended because they don't agree with a designer? Gay people are so many ways, and we are so diverse. To label us as someone who sells jeans to people or wears pink skirts is just not fair.
There have been some positive discussions on gay forums online, as well as blogs and social media sites such as Facebook. Many gay fashion designers have taken to Twitter to express their opinions, and let the world know that they are NOT condoning this type of behavior, and that gay rights are a huge issue to them. Others are calling upon other gay fashion designers to speak out as well. This sends a message to the world, that gay rights are not negotiable.
If gay fashion designers continue down this road, we may soon find ourselves in the very next “imilation gap” between gay Americans and those of us who aren't gay. Where do they fit in? Will they be forced out into the sun, or will they find a way to create clothing and accessories that they can wear to both cater to and compliment their sexuality, while also remaining true to their individualistic style? And how will gay fashion designers keep their unique identity?
The answer to that last question is simple…not very easy, but worth pondering. As far as gay fashion designers are concerned, the answer shouldn't be that hard at all. They can create clothing and accessories that are gay, but they should draw the line at doing it entirely in a gay fashion. Why? Because gay fashion designers have a responsibility to speak out and allow gay people the freedom to determine what constitutes “gays” and “lesbian” fashion.
It's an interesting time to be alive, and gay fashion designers should not feel compelled to draw the line. In fact, I'd say that if they want to keep their clientele, and their income, they should draw the line on what they make available. After all, if they're making it accessible for everybody, then it's gay fashion, and no one will object.
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