is "rainbow wear" passe?

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is "rainbow wear" passe?#1
Posted: 1/30/08 at 3:35pm
i remember in college all the gay guys had a rainbow necklace or bracelet or something and i went all the way into the city and got one and wore it around campus.

but now, it's kind of passe to wear that stuff isn't it? i mean, it's not very fashionable nor is it practical in the real world.

thoughts?
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re: is 'rainbow wear' passe?#2
Posted: 1/30/08 at 3:35pm
I think those things are made specifically for wear on college campuses.
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Posted: 1/30/08 at 3:36pm
Don't lie, DFW- you never went to college.
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re: is 'rainbow wear' passe?#3
Posted: 1/30/08 at 3:36pm
I've always thought it was tacky--the gay version of a gun rack. Besides, I don't need any outward signs of 'moness. Helen Keller could tell I'm gay and she's dead.
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re: is 'rainbow wear' passe?#4
Posted: 1/30/08 at 3:41pm
"I've always thought it was tacky--the gay version of a gun rack. Besides, I don't need any outward signs of 'moness. Helen Keller could tell I'm gay and she's dead. "


I agree... I feel I dont need to announce my sexuality to everyone
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re: is 'rainbow wear' passe?#5
Posted: 1/30/08 at 3:41pm
They're adorable for Gaybies.

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re: is 'rainbow wear' passe?#6
Posted: 1/30/08 at 3:50pm
I always thought it was more for people who are older and didn't come out as a young person or for folks in small towns without a gay community. I think it gives them a stronger sense of self. Lord knows mine is TOO strong.
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re: is 'rainbow wear' passe?#7
Posted: 1/30/08 at 3:53pm
No, not at all. It was never not passe.

Or, as Sarah Schulman wrote in "My American History" after scanning shelf after shelf of rainbow tchotchkes at the vendore booths at Stonewall 25, "And thus goes the myth of the Gay Taste Gene."
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re: is 'rainbow wear' passe?#8
Posted: 1/30/08 at 4:10pm
I'll admit that I had a set of Rainbow Rings that I wore in college (rarely...but still!)

I don't know. I was just coming out, it was 1992 and I liked the defiance of wearing something that stated clearly that I was outside the 'norm' and proud of it.

Of course, by 1993, I had stopped wearing them. But it was fun while it lasted!
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Posted: 1/30/08 at 4:16pm
Back in the day, men wore an earring in their right earlobe. There was no confusing them with Mork from Ork's suspenders.
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re: is 'rainbow wear' passe?#10
Posted: 1/30/08 at 4:18pm
Marge: Does that earring mean you're a pirate?
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re: is 'rainbow wear' passe?#11
Posted: 1/30/08 at 4:21pm
Goth--which ear did you wear your earring in?

Left or right?
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re: is 'rainbow wear' passe?#12
Posted: 1/30/08 at 4:23pm
Is that true or is that something straight people made up? I always remember hearing that, but never from a gay person.
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Posted: 1/30/08 at 4:29pm
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re: is 'rainbow wear' passe?#14
Posted: 1/30/08 at 4:32pm
A friend recently gave me a shirt that says:

I'm so gay, I poo rainbows.

But it was more of a poo joke.
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re: is 'rainbow wear' passe?#15
Posted: 1/30/08 at 4:33pm
And maybe a little sodomy joke, too.
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re: is 'rainbow wear' passe?#16
Posted: 1/30/08 at 4:34pm
For some, I'm sure.

But for us...it was all about the poo.
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re: is 'rainbow wear' passe?#17
Posted: 1/30/08 at 4:50pm
i wear a rainbow bracelet... i made it out of neon pony beads :)
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re: is 'rainbow wear' passe?#18
Posted: 1/30/08 at 4:56pm
"Back in the day, men wore an earring in their right earlobe. There was no confusing them with Mork from Ork's suspenders."

Geez, I never received that memo. When I wore an earring it was in my left ear, and no one ever told me I was wearing it on the wrong side.

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re: is 'rainbow wear' passe?#19
Posted: 1/30/08 at 5:15pm
"Back in the day, men wore an earring in their right earlobe."

I did that. And let me tell you, I know it's hard to believe now, but there was a time when doing that was RISKY! Things changed pretty quickly though, and I remember when I noticed construction workers with earrings in both ears I thought, "Guys like you YELLED at me for wearing an earring in my right ear ten years ago!"

There is some debate in the historical record, however, that says that the different ears "meant" different things on the East and West Coast. I got my right ear pierced the day Reagan was elected.
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re: is 'rainbow wear' passe?#20
Posted: 1/30/08 at 5:18pm
I shudder to think what you got pierced when W. was elected.
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re: is 'rainbow wear' passe?#21
Posted: 1/30/08 at 5:21pm
I always thought the right/left thing was like hankies, no?
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re: is 'rainbow wear' passe?#22
Posted: 1/30/08 at 5:21pm
Prince Albert anyone?
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re: is 'rainbow wear' passe?#23
Posted: 1/30/08 at 5:22pm
"I always remember hearing that, but never from a gay person."

I had an acting teacher that did that. Then he worried that the hole might show up on his headshots and discourage casting directors from hiring him.
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re: is 'rainbow wear' passe?#24
Posted: 1/30/08 at 5:22pm
George Carlin once said that if you're worried about what ear to put it in, you don't have any business wearing one--I cleaned it up a bit.

The hets pick up on everything we start: earrings, tribal tats, X, highlights, Kylie...it just takes a few years. I read once that gays do what straights did 20 years ago and straights do what gays did 5 years ago---seems bout right.