Gay bashings, a mutant strain of hatred causing malaise in any milieu—made its return to Russia most recently. A minefield for gays, who were identified and targeted based on what they wore. Lest we forget in New York City, America’s symbolic city for hope, liberty and the pursuit of what’s happening, was overwhelmed with violence towards gays just last summer. Some same-gender-loving men tended to blend in when in chaotic environments for survival, while the brave chose to standup to discrimination by wearing things that stood out. I wondered if the slaves never sought freedom, where would Blacks be today.
From Moscow to Manhattan—murder, she wrote. Marc Carson was murdered in front of Gray’s Papaya on west 8th street and Sixth Ave in the West Village. It was shocking to hear that these hate crimes were being committed in our gayest neighborhoods. These casual criminals were as bad as the knock-offs on Canal Street, getting caught within minutes of committing their crimes. Homophobic losers stuck in the ’90s where oversized jeans, jerseys and jewelry were de rigor. In a status quo that set us back two decades, will it be safe again for gays to don there most daring fashion choices?
Carson was singled out as being gay, because he wore shorts and boots. This news was disturbing, since I strutted in the shortest shorts of the season. Such violence was expected in the Bronx, which I like to call the “Borough of Broken Dreams,” where high crime and poverty were considered highlights. Yet, this happened in the movie making, celebrity-filled Manhattan. Why the sudden change in a post Sandy world?
Religion and fashion went together like strangers giving out candy. I came to the City That Never Sleeps to practice my fashion choices in peace. What we wore shaped and defined our lives. It was as essential as breakfast in the morning. I had no intentions to revert back to the political style of our nation’s conservatively dressed Capitol, where khakis and polo shirts wreaked havoc on the city like STI’s in the porn industry. A gay man’s right to shoes should be protected as well as his choice to wear skirts, kilts, and dresses.