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  1. 1. Gender Inequality in the Gay Community
  2. 2. The answer to the question: “Are gay mentreated differently than gay women in differentcultures?” is a resounding yes. It is already a factthat not everyone is accepting of the gaycommunity. But since there are still two sexes whichare male and female, the heterosexual perspectivestill focuses on those two identifying factors. Formost people, gay men and gay women are still to beviewed differently and that they should be treateddifferently as well.
  3. 3. One culture or race that is more at ease with gaymen is the Filipino people. In the Philippine setting,gay men are more accepted because they areassociated with being funny. They are commonlyseen in comedy films, TV shows, and other formsof entertainment. In movies, gay men are always portrayed as thesupporting character that makes everybody laugh.In real life, they are also not taken seriously due tothe fact that most Filipinos think that gay men areonly the drag queen type of homosexuals.
  4. 4. Gay women, on the other hand, are more often in thecloset because the Filipino culture often expects itswomen to be more of the traditional type— someonewho would get married to the perfect guy, have kids, andtake care of the home. If someone tends to challengethat norm, it creates an ill atmosphere. In mainland China, it is entirely different. Since theChinese view lesbian relationships as more spiritual, theyare more tolerant of gay women than gay men. The Mr.Gay China pageant did not push through becauseminutes before it started, it was ordered to be put down.
  5. 5. Another theory that some sociologists think is thatgay women are less offensive to the Chinese societybecause the public tends to think of sex when they seegay men, but lesbian sex is still a mystery to them. So insimpler terms, gay women are seen as being in love ratherthan being promiscuous. On the other side of the globe, in another continent,it is safer for gay men to be themselves, but far moredangerous for gay women. In Uganda, homophobia wasso severe that gay women are raped to be “cured of theirdisease”. If that’s not cruel, then nothing is. Africans havebeen homophobic from the roots of their generation—and activists even say that they are “born with it”.
  6. 6. While an anti-gay bill was always pushed forapproval, a lot of brave gays and lesbians still pray andhope that this may not come to pass. What’s worse is thateven American evangelical leader Lou Engle supports thebill. What’s worse is that he even goes to drastic measuresin promoting to “kill the gays”. Engle is the leader of TheCall, who was in fullsupport of Proposition 8 in the U.S. He often preachedthat homosexuality is a sin that provides a “spirit oflawlessness” and that people should avenge in the nameof God and stop homosexuality no matter what it takes.
  7. 7. While an evangelist like Engle lives in the U.S., for themost part, America is still the land of the free. They havemade a lot of progress in accepting and respecting the gaylifestyle and have improved in becoming more tolerant of thegay community. But people say that their treatment of gaywomen is better than how they treat gay men. Coming out early in the American society may be a factor.Usually gay men are seen to exhibit the “qualities” of beinggay since middle school, especially in high school. Because ofthe adolescent environment, gay men are teased and bullied, tothe point of being bashed all the time. Since gay womennormally come out when they are already in college, thebullying is less and somehow gay women fit in.
  8. 8. This stigma is taken into the adult stage, wheneveryone else has their jobs and should be taking care oftheir careers. In fact, gay men who get into scandals aremuch publicized in the media. Celebrities who commitoffensive acts towards other people are gravely assignedto showbiz headlines and this creates a negative impacton the gay society as a whole, especially with gay men. Gender inequality between gay men and gay womenis just the new “men are more superior to women” ideaof the 50s. While we are still in a time when the ignorantstill persecute their fellow humans, then informationabout the homosexual lifestyle is still not fully reinforced.There is still a lot of work to be done.