The Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Industry in America
Gay, lesbian and bisexual people have emotional, romantic or sexual attractions to other members of their own sex.
Sexual orientation is a normal part of human experience, and it doesn’t have to be a problem or a disease. Talking to friends, family or a counselor can help you feel better and not alone.
In America, there are many companies that have diversity initiatives in place and are trying to make their workplace a safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ people. However, despite these positive efforts there are still some industries that fall short of the mark.
One industry that has a lot of progress to make is the legal industry. Lawyers across the US are embracing their sexuality and being their authentic selves in their jobs, but it has not been an easy journey.
The tech industry, in particular, has been a prominent player in the gay rights movement. For example, back in the 80s, tech companies instituted same-sex benefits and set up diversity task forces. They were able to attract a talented and relatively young workforce that had innovative perspectives. They also had a strong ethos of enlightened self-interest that helped them to support and advance gay rights.
The Eagle NYC, founded by Jack Modica in 1970, was a safe place for gay men to escape the gangster culture of New York City. It inspired dozens of other bars that have since opened in cities across the country and around the world, all with the word “Eagle” in their names.
While these bars are still heavily influenced by leather and kink culture, they’re now more inclusive to the entire LGBTQ community. They often host special events and have attached restaurants or dance floors.
Many of these establishments still have strict dress codes, but these days, they’re not enforced as often. That’s thanks to societal changes and business realities.
Danton says that he is committed to making sure the Eagle evolves with the times and continues to make the table bigger for every queer person daring for a good time. The bar is newly renovated and he just signed a lease that will ensure the Eagle NYC will remain open for the next 15 years, allowing everyone to come in and feel comfortable in the space.
The Q is a happening gay nightclub featuring DJs, drag shows & stand-up comedy in bi-level digs. It’s also a safe haven for all queer people.
The club’s owner, Alan Picus, has been accused of plyying underage patrons with alcohol and having sex in plain sight of customers. He was also accused of telling staff not to confiscate date rape drugs and telling them to avoid ‘white’ customers.
In addition, a former employee said that she was often told to “don’t let in women” when working at the door. This allegedly flew in the face of the club’s mission to be diverse.
The alleged misconduct of both Picus and Sharp is part of an ongoing crisis in America that has made LGBTQ people more afraid for their safety. According to GLAAD, LGBTQ youth are at increased risk of suicide, homicide, and domestic violence.
NBC’s new drama Rise, which debuts in March, is based on the real life of a high school drama teacher who put on a musical called Spring Awakening. But the show’s creator, Jason Katims, decided to depict Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor) as a straight man in order to “connect with the story” and make it feel authentic.
A lot of gay people were disappointed when they found out that Katims changed the sexuality of the character he was based on from a gay man to a straight man. Hollywood has a long history of changing queer characters from books straight when they are adapted for the screen.
In the case of Rise, it is an incredibly disappointing move. The character should have been a complex gay hero, the sort of character that we can relate to and empathize with. He should have been someone who made a difference to the people around him, like a gay teacher in his hometown.