How Gay Stays White and What Kind of White It Stays by Allan Berube

 How Gay Stays White and What Kind of White It Stays by Allan Berube is an essay published in The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness in 2001. The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness combines various essays which looks at “whiteness” and the identity of race.

The essay by Allan Berube looks at racial discrimination alongside gendered/sexual discrimination. He looks at how when talked about gay, people often generally identify gay men as being white and well to do; when infact the gay community consists of individuals from various ethnicities.  The essay points out the fact that gay rights movement is civil rights movement, because being gay does not equal to being white. This essay addresses racialized oppression/ discrimination faced  by people of “colour” in the gay community.

A passage out of Berube’s essay;

“But a gay rights politics that is supposedly color-blind  (and sex-neutral and classless)  is  in fact  a politics of race (and gender and class), It assumes, without ever  having to say  it,  that  gay  must  equal  white  (and male and economically secure);  that  is,  it  .assumes white  (and  male  and middle class)  as  the default  categories  that  remain  once one  discounts those who as  gay  people must continually and primarily deal with racism (and sexism  anti class oppression), especially within  gay communities.”

To gain access to the full essay click on http://web.pdx.edu/~matg/Sociology/Gender_&_Sexualities_files/how%20gay%20satys%20white.pdf.

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