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             The editorial by “Pipistrelle” aka “Fledermaus” aka DeBlase satirized the
             dichotomies of the gender civil war as a kind of theater of the absurd:

                San Francisco says one thing and Los Angeles disagrees . . . Estab-
                lishment gay men say that it does not properly conform to tradi-
                tion and leather women refuse to participate until there is a full
                and complete financial accounting . . . .
                In the rainbow arena, deep breathing is required.
                In all diversity, there is a principle at work over which the “thought
             police” have no moral right to the politically correct control they wish to
             enforce in life or encode in revisionist history.
                Every human being has analytical thoughts and personal feelings, for
             example, about race, but those thoughts and feelings are racial not racist.
             Race feelings don’t become racist until a person’s actions discriminate
             against another person.
                The same is true of thoughts and feelings versus actions around gen-
             der. In addition to the Seven Deadly Sins, one might add the sins of racism
             and sexism.
                It is through such territory that self-fashioning gay identity strug-
             gles to achieve a delicate balance. It is necessary to know this to address
             Drummer. Trying to dramatize this moral difficulty in gay culture, I
             purposely wrote Some Dance to Remember. Amidst its comedy and satire,
             the book was also a “tell-all expose” of the “politically correct civil war”
             over “ heterophobia,” “gay sexism,” and “gay fascism” that drove some
             gender bigots crazy.
                For instance, instead of hating gay males, some myopic genderistas
             might acknowledge that the 1970s decade of gay liberation, at least in
             San Francisco, was kick-started by young gay male pioneers who, as the
             first wave of sex immigrants emerging from the Stonewall closet, created
             the Titanic 70s out of whole cloth. Drummer itself was a document of
             immigrant self-assertion. Gay liberation of the 1970s wasn’t dominated
             by gay white males; it was simply populated with GWMs who dared come
             out first.
                In the early to mid-1970s, gay males struggled — and had to strug-
             gle — with growing their own identity and unity first before activating
             that identity and unity to support other diversities. By 1979, an army of
             gay males, who were hardly sexist or racist, opened up the Gay Parade to
             a new theme of “Diversity,” as advertised in my edit of a press release I
             prepared for Drummer 30 (June 1979), page 86.

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