Sunday, October 02, 2005

Time Cover Story on Gay Youth


Looking for a cover story that would analyze the poor state of the Republican party after the multiple scandals that has hit it recently, I was pleasantly surprised when I clicked on Time.com and discovered a cover story about gay youth. Finally, it seems that the stories being told by gay youth are starting to make an impact on the larger culture. The Time article is good, though (despite the author's best intentions) it does tend to paint an overly rosy picture of the current state of gay youth. The article also tends to be fairly color-blind, as it neglects the issues that black gay youth face in their communities. The author tends to make a lot of comparisons between youth who attend Exodus functions and those who are recipients of Point Foundation scholarships. Here is a pretty funny excerpt and comparison from the article:
For their part, several of the young Exodus Christians seemed more stereotypically gay--"I love that Prada bag!" a 16-year-old boy at the Youth Day squealed several times--than some of the Point scholars who had been out for years.

For a mainstream article, it has enough depth to have the potential to make an impact.

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