Defining and embracing a true gay culture, which goes well beyond sexuality, is the next stage. We see organizations like gay softball leagues, gay choirs, and gay running clubs. They are institutions meant to build strength and support between one another because we do share so much in common and we understand what it took to become who we are more than anyone else.
I won't try to argue about who is right or who is wrong in Baltimore. But I can tell you that behind these protests, both the peaceful and violent ones, is something much bigger: Instead of that one, stereotypical "inner city kid," there are thousands of students here in Baltimore who have voices, and thousands of voices that need to be heard.
This holiday has been commercialized by the food and liquor industry, and in the United States, Cinco de Mayo (similar to St. Patrick's Day) has become an excuse to imbibe spirits and help Corona and Dos Equis beer companies improve their market share. We need more contemporary and complex portrayals of cultures.
There is a pervasive cultural myth that all gays are rich, and that all Asian Americans are overachievers. Individuals who identify as LGBTQ and AAPI are therefore often assumed to be better off. However, these misconceptions all too often mask real struggles and hardships faced by LGBTQ AAPI communities.
In making others feel like they should look or act differently, we rob humanity of its very core -- that of individuality. So let's aim to be more mindful about our words and actions, so we can help rid our communities from the shackles of the 'isms' -- sexism, ageism, racism -- and simply allow ourselves to be more...human.