Community Community standards Republishing guidelines Friends of The Conversation Research and Expert Database Analytics Events Our feeds Donate Company Who we are Our charter Our team Our blog Partners and funders Resource for media Contact us Stay informed and subscribe to our free daily newsletter and get the latest analysis and commentary directly in your inbox. A man veering too far in the wrong direction on this binary is pejoratively deemed "gay," for example, not conforming to the relatively strict visual codes associated with "real men," a conclusion that seems to spring from the same fallacy that says gay men exhibit feminine characteristics, and that any man demonstrating effeminate qualities must be gay. Of course, if Jeffery was gay, that would be perfectly fine. But they had more flexibility. It was a cultural challenge to what mainstream society offered, a reaction and synthesis to the world African Americans existed in at the time of its birth in the s.
Pressure to act the part The gay men in straight gangs I spoke with knew precisely what was expected of them:
His sexuality would not detract from the infectiousness of his music. But Blanco also points out that Yachty's youth, and his desire to truly embrace his fans, makes him different than an older rapper who might be using the LGBTQ community for personal gain. Men in gay gangs especially expressed genuine and heartfelt connections to their fellow gang members.
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