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(LA Times)   Residents of gay retirement home fear there are too many straight people moving into their area, and that is NOT fabulous (pic)   (latimes.com) divider line 147
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2007-10-04 11:48:57 PM
I'm straight as an arrow, but when I'm old, decrepit, and have no libido, this is probably my Nirvana:

www.latimes.com

* sigh *
 
2007-10-05 12:22:37 AM
There are straight people in Santa Fe?

/Not snarky. I live an hour south of SF.
//It seems everyone I met was at least bi.
 
2007-10-05 12:29:18 AM
FTA: Not that there's anything wrong with straight people, in moderation.

I love it.
 
2007-10-05 12:48:13 AM
There goesth the neighborhoooodd.
 
2007-10-05 02:06:39 AM
Oh, irony:

About 80% of the complex's residents are gay, management said. But there is potential for a radical shift because nearly half of the units are unoccupied or for sale.

New Mexico bars housing discrimination because of sexual orientation. And condo owners, looking to unload their properties in a slow real estate market, are free to sell to whomever they choose.

Not that there's anything wrong with straight people, in moderation.


I'm all for a gay retirement community if there are enough gay people to buy up the units, but it doesn't sound like it in this case. In this case, "if you build it they will come" didn't pan out.

Someone has to live there.

The irony, of course, is because a group of people who have been historically bitten in the ass by discrimination are now getting bitten by the progress we've made to eliminate it. This only proves that as a species, humans are capable of always winning and losing at the same time.

I spent a truly awful weekend in Florida at a "Christian retirement community" that also couldn't sell all their units despite the best laid plans. Instead of attracting Christians who needed a cheap place to live for retirement, it ended up attracting decidedly non-Christian elements who, obviously, needed a cheap place to live. There's nothing quite like drinking beer out of a Burger King soda cup with a meth-head "so we don't upset some of the locals".

Communities based on one aspect of a human's identity rarely succeed, IMHO.
 
2007-10-05 06:44:59 AM
Someone get that old fag some real margarita glasses. Martini glasses are for martinis.

I wonder what it sounds like when he tells someone to get off the lawn.
 
2007-10-05 06:45:05 AM
Switch it around:

Residents of straight retirement home fear there are too many gay people moving into their area

Not quite as kosher, yeah?
 
2007-10-05 06:46:06 AM
nashBridges
The irony, of course, is because a group of people who have been historically bitten in the ass by discrimination are now getting bitten by the progress we've made to eliminate it. This only proves that as a species, humans are capable of always winning and losing at the same time.

Ain't it the truth. Used to be straight people would shun us strictly out of fear/hatred or whatever.

Now, they're coming in and over-running our bars and clubs...and our retirement communities, too, apparently. We've allowed them to get too friendly with us. They no longer fear us :(
 
2007-10-05 06:50:04 AM
Is that lemon margarita being prepared for possiblay a lemon party, Barry Balltzley?
 
2007-10-05 06:57:43 AM
The Tables.... Oh how they turn.
 
2007-10-05 07:07:22 AM
It's an extension of the gay ghetto

Trust me, you do not want to be involved in a drive-by in that ghetto.
 
2007-10-05 07:12:08 AM
www.latimes.com

THE EYES
 
2007-10-05 07:15:48 AM
Looks like dirty martinis to me.

And since property values go up when the gays move into a neighborhood, is the inverse also true? Would their values go down if the straights started moving in?
 
2007-10-05 07:16:44 AM

A friend of some of my relatives apparently lives in, I kid you not, a gay trailer park. They said you don't actually need to be gay to live there, but everyone is. I suspect the kind of straight who would move in there isn't the kind they would mind having as a neighbour.

This situation sounds like they have a unique little community and they're afraid that it will vanish overnight as a large bunch of their elderly, conservative hetero peers move in.

"If straight people are in the majority, it's different. It's not what we came here for," he said. "It's not where we want to live out the rest of our lives."

Remember, people this age lived most of their lives trying to hide in a very hostile culture, with no human rights protections under law. Some of them probably remember when being gay could get you a lobotomy or electroshock "treatment" for god's sake.
 
2007-10-05 07:25:01 AM
What do gay Daleks say?

Accessorise , accessorise

Good for the ghey pensioners btw! I'd say it's much more fun that a straight retirement home and smells ofark One instead of pee.
 
2007-10-05 07:26:00 AM
FTFA: "When I was new there, one woman came over to me and trying to be nice, she asked me, 'Are you married, do you have children?'

"So I said, 'I think you should know I'm gay.' Her face went blank. She pulled her chair away and left."


Remember, these are senior citizen gays. She should have responded, "So, are you married, do you have children?"
 
2007-10-05 07:26:58 AM
Cormee: home and smells ofark One instead of pee.

Huh?! CK One ....

Ok, I'll try it again. I bet it smells *like* CK One instead of pee.
 
2007-10-05 07:27:24 AM
nashBridges [TotalFark]

...a group of people who have been historically bitten in the ass



Badum-ching!
 
2007-10-05 07:31:18 AM
I thought all this reverse gay bashing was over when Queer Eye quit airing 24/7?
 
2007-10-05 07:32:01 AM
kid_icarus: Ain't it the truth. Used to be straight people would shun us strictly out of fear/hatred or whatever.

Now, they're coming in and over-running our bars and clubs...and our retirement communities, too, apparently. We've allowed them to get too friendly with us. They no longer fear us :(


You have no power over us anymore! MUAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!

We are all fabulous!!! Track lighting?
 
2007-10-05 07:33:03 AM
That brings up a question, where did that "gay people like track lighting" thing come from? None of my gay friends have a preference for it.
 
2007-10-05 07:36:02 AM
demanton: Looks like dirty martinis to me.



Dirty martinis + old gay couple = Dirty Sanchez....ick.
 
2007-10-05 07:37:08 AM
Tat'dGreaser
You have no power over us anymore! MUAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!

We are all fabulous!!! Track lighting?


"All gay men have track lightin'. And all gay men are named Mark, Rick, or Steve."

Myself...all I have is a string of christmas lights on my banister from last year that I've been too lazy to take down. I don't know if that qualifies.
 
2007-10-05 07:44:56 AM
Wow, the tolerance of people with teh ghey on display.

Acceptance for you but not for me?
 
2007-10-05 07:46:17 AM
That older guy in the picture really can't dress. He blew off the gay stereotype.
 
2007-10-05 07:46:42 AM
kid_icarus: "All gay men have track lightin'. And all gay men are named Mark, Rick, or Steve."

Myself...all I have is a string of christmas lights on my banister from last year that I've been too lazy to take down. I don't know if that qualifies.


Oh, ghetto track lighting? Seriously, where did that stereotype come from?
 
2007-10-05 07:49:03 AM
Man, how many cliches can an article use?
 
2007-10-05 07:50:43 AM
FTA: "Some residents fear that their community could be overrun by an outside element -- straight people. "It does not matter how friendly they are," said Roger Bergstrom, 77, who shares a condo at RainbowVision with his longtime partner, Barry Baltzley, 57."

I'm not homophobic, but their hypocrisy pisses me off. Hypocricy because they themselves don't like being thought of or treated different for being gay
 
2007-10-05 07:50:52 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2007-10-05 07:54:27 AM
CaptainBeerI wonder what it sounds like when he tells someone to get off the lawn.
since you asked......

"Yoo Hoo!?! Sweetie, could you get off my lawn, pretty please. wink wink."

Tat'dGreaser

The line is from "Steel Magnolias"
 
2007-10-05 08:02:50 AM
fta: Donadello spent most of her time alone in her room, fearing homophobia.


donadello needs counseling.
 
2007-10-05 08:03:49 AM
Tat'dGreaser

Yep...I's ghetto, I'm afraid. 4 years of college and I end up in an apartment that routinely has "eviction day". That's where they throw your shiat out the door onto the streets and it's fair game to whoever can carry it off before you get there. Always fun to see two meth-head ladies lugging a futon off like ants.

But the stereotype? Meh...dunno. I guess maybe 'track lightin' is a code for the informed (much like toe-tapping in a bathroom stall). And here's another tip if you're ever out homo-spotting. If you see a nervous looking fellow reading a magazine at the book rack (clearly trying to conceal it), and as you approach he quickly puts it back, back facing outward, and walks away fast...check it. Chances are the magazine is one of those men's workout magazines (which is really just softcore gay porn).
 
2007-10-05 08:07:36 AM
This is all just part of the gay community trying to take over the world. First they chase us out of our parks, now they're taking over the cities.
 
2007-10-05 08:08:39 AM
demanton: Looks like dirty martinis to me.

And since property values go up when the gays move into a neighborhood, is the inverse also true? Would their values go down if the straights started moving in?


In most cases, yeah. That's what has happened around here.
 
2007-10-05 08:10:04 AM
NautACrazyAstro: The line is from "Steel Magnolias"

Ah, no shiat. I never knew that.

kid_icarus: Chances are the magazine is one of those men's workout magazines (which is really just softcore gay porn).

I knew they were covered in oil for a reason!
 
2007-10-05 08:10:34 AM
Lemonparty Estates, eh? Well, find a need and fill it...as it were.

/Didn't RTFA
 
2007-10-05 08:11:13 AM
Heterophobes. They should be strung up.
 
2007-10-05 08:13:27 AM
gay retirement community?
you know you've had too much internets when...

NSFW (new window)

/do not want
 
2007-10-05 08:15:23 AM
I'm not homophobic, but their hypocrisy pisses me off. Hypocricy because they themselves don't like being thought of or treated different for being gay

You don't get it do you? Straight people make gay people uncomfortable because a lot of straight people are intolerant. Gay people don't mind straight people, but they also want to have the freedom to be close to their partners and feel as if they can walk outside without fear of being beaten or murdered because of the way they were born. If straight people in America were accepting of homosexuals there wouldn't be a need for a gay ghetto like this, yet that isn't the case. And to call it hypocritical is absolutely ridiculous because gays motivation isn't hate like it is with straights, it's fear.
 
2007-10-05 08:15:40 AM
zebsmith: This is all just part of the gay community trying to take over the world. First they chase us out of our parks, now they're taking over the cities.

Now they just need to learn how to repopulate lost numbers.
 
2007-10-05 08:17:41 AM
I'm retiring from the Senate because I had gay sex in airport bathrooms, so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies...
 
2007-10-05 08:19:06 AM
rekoil: I'm retiring from the Senate because I had gay sex in airport bathrooms, so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies...

you win
 
2007-10-05 08:19:52 AM
Tat'dGreaser: That brings up a question, where did that "gay people like track lighting" thing come from? None of my gay friends have a preference for it.

Fashions change, and at one time it was true. Back in the early '80s, when I built sets 'n stuff for community theater groups, it seemed like all my gay friends and acquaintances had track lighting. Steel Magnolias may have popularized the idea, but the joke was around for years before that movie was released.
 
2007-10-05 08:21:06 AM
They must go though a hell of alot of adult diapers there. More than the usual retirement home.
 
2007-10-05 08:22:19 AM
I'd hit it.

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2007-10-05 08:24:13 AM
So...when gays make jokes about straights moving into the area it's funny and clever...but when straights make the same jokes about gays it can be considered a hate crime?
 
2007-10-05 08:24:31 AM
Sir_Spanksalot: They must go though a hell of alot of adult diapers there. More than the usual retirement home.

win.
 
2007-10-05 08:26:44 AM
fireclown: Heterophobes. They should be strung up.

Time for a straight pride parade.

We're straight!
We mate!
It's great!
Get used to it!
 
2007-10-05 08:27:22 AM
Jebus_Crispy: gay retirement community?
you know you've had too much internets when...

NSFW (new window)

/do not want


I am I don't know horrified but unable to look away. Need Eyebleach
 
2007-10-05 08:28:33 AM
rcdl: You don't get it do you? Straight people make gay people uncomfortable because a lot of straight people are intolerant. Gay people don't mind straight people, but they also want to have the freedom to be close to their partners and feel as if they can walk outside without fear of being beaten or murdered because of the way they were born. If straight people in America were accepting of homosexuals there wouldn't be a need for a gay ghetto like this, yet that isn't the case. And to call it hypocritical is absolutely ridiculous because gays motivation isn't hate like it is with straights, it's fear.

As a gay man, I say fark 'em all, and I don't mean that in a literal sense. Not only is it hypocritical, its ultimately counter-productive. What a farking splendid way to try to integrate into society to show that we aren't all freaks - GAYS ONLY! BREEDERS GO HOME!

Hooray.

If we don't want to be discriminated against, we had best stop discriminating.
 
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