Pinkwashing

If you’re gay (and you absolutely don’t have to be to be reading this blog)… but, if you are… have you ever been in the situation of feeling that you are the ‘token gay’?

An interesting story – about the Serbian prime minister, no less – has come our way. She is a (very open) lesbian called Ana Brnabic (don’t ask me how to say that!). She’s just been prominent in the Pride celebrations in Belgrade, an event which ‘traditionally’ in Serbia has been met with significant protests. The Balkans generally have not been exactly ‘gay tolerant’ in these modern times.

There is a suggestion going around that Ana was ‘put in place’ (as a rather inexperienced politician) by the President as a ‘sop’ to the EU, as part of his drive to get his country accepted as suitable for joining the Community. Yes, even as our home country struggles to throw off the yoke of the EU (Brexit), some still want to join – especially those with Federalist ideals and little money, who will become so-called ‘net recipients’ of funding from the richer countries, which Britain is trying to get out of. Actually, I’ll shut up about Brexit because whatever I say will alienate approximately half of my British readers – the country was strongly divided in their referendum!

There is a new word going around to describe the phenomenon of putting token LGTBQ+ (ugh – hate that description too!) people in positions of power… following on from the more familiar ‘whitewashing’, where you minimise the effect of something and hope that no-one will dig too deeply into it, this ‘token gayness’ is becoming called PINKWASHING. I think that’s rather a good word.

Well, there’s more than a token of gayness in my first three books:

Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7

…while the forthcoming one, ‘Let The Future Find Me’, offers a leading character who is gay but hates himself for it – although he ends up on a quest to find his true love. That one isn’t out yet (that’s ‘out’ as in ‘published’, not ‘out’ as in ‘gay’… oh, never mind!) but can be pre-ordered:

Let The Future Find Me: ISBN 978-1-784653-23-1 (in press: no link yet).

OK, back to business – pinkwashing and brainwashing over for the time being. Let’s enjoy some guys (of any or no sexual preference!) enjoying time together.

(Not entirely sure about ‘enjoying’ in that case, but definitely training for shoulder flexibility!)

More gymnasts:

A REALLY  large group enjoying themselves to finish with:

 

OK, there are some girls as well!

 

 

About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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