1. brian says

    I don’t like how the New York Times seems to be equating homosexuality with promiscuity. They are two different words, each with a unique definition. We in the GLBT community, especially we men, need to be hyper-obervant in how the media portrays our sexual orientation. If we let the media get away with such equations, it ultimately harms us.

    As for Mr Laurents, rest in peace from a life well lived.

  2. JeffNYC says

    The Times didn’t do that. Arthur described himself as a sexual being.

    Proudly. And, frequently, embarrassingly.

    His response to your prissy sanctimoniousness would have blistering and withering.

    You would have walked away destroyed.

  3. brian says

    I accept that it wasn’t the NY Times that made the parallel. I misinterpreted the article above.

    In any case, promiscuity is promiscuity. It is not the definition of the homosexual orientation. Arthur Laurents lived the type of lifestyle he so desired. However, it isn’t my lifestyle and nor do I consider it the definition of the homosexual orientation.

  4. Henry Holland says

    I’ve got some shocking news for you Brian: it doesn’t matter if we were all either in 17 year exclusive relationships or celibate otherwise, we’ll still be hated simply *because we exist*. It’s futile to think that if we just conform to some ideal, bias will go away, a % of people simply want us to disappear completely.

  5. dave02657 says

    “His response to your prissy sanctimoniousness would have blistering and withering. You would have walked away destroyed.” …

    … if only for the abject ignorance amply demonstrated by you, Brian, in your appraisal of the obituary, its intent, its references, and its focus. A skill set in basic reading and comprehension would benefit you well prior to engaging the gears of a self-righteous and totally miscast sensitivity concurrent with professional victim-hood.

    JeffNYC: +100. Bravo, indeed.

  6. Phil says

    In a way, sex between men was more accepted back in the day, it just wasn’t talked about. As for Laurents, as talented and gifted as he was, there certainly were a lot of people who hated his guts.

  7. Sam says

    Also, Brian, don’t ever forget that there will always be people who wants us non-existing out there, as opposed to the accepting and ever-loving, compassionate, warm and understanding environment that you’ll receive here. By your own kind.

    Dave, Jeff – you dev/nulled your own arguments yourself. If nothing else, Arthur would have dearly appreciated the irony.

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