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Bas Kosters Dash Column 42 Gay means happy, right?

Posted on: April 15, 2015 - Posted in: column

I had a little brainwave this week, and found it quite amusing, although the matter is rather concerning. Let me share my thoughts. By the way, LGBT stands for: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender. More and more alarming signs of intolerance towards the global LGBT community are in the news. Numerous countries are debating laws against acts of homosexuality, whilst in other countries rights to decline LGBT patients were proposed.
This public intolerance is worrying me to say the least. Although the country I live in is very liberal, also here you find spiral movements in tolerance towards the LGBT community, but also towards people that in some people’s opinion don’t fit the normal standards. With every new generation of youth, there is a new battle to be fought, a battle for the protection of your rights as a human being.
Fashion plays an important role in the development of a lot of people’s identities. Designer brands are used as people means of communication. They want to tell you something with wearing that Dolce and Gabbana jacket, Dsquared shirt or a Michael Kors bag. But in no other industry the sexual preference of the people shaping the industry is so present. I do not want to claim that the whole fashion industry consists of homosexuals, but it would be ignorant to say that it does not play a role. A lot of designers are prolific and public homosexual men. Now my thought: Does a homophobic person realise that his or her clothing might be designed by a homosexual, or has the thought never occurred to them? And is it something that should worry them, or is a fashion designer an exception to the rule? You could say the homophobe is openly promoting a homosexual lifestyle by flaunting their designer wear initially sprung from a gay man’s mind.
The thing is, if it does not matter to them, could the homosexual status of the designer be put to good use? Somehow people always seem more accepting of the homosexuality of a famous singer, than of their neighbour. Does that leave an opportunity for the design world to give a contra reaction to this worldwide intolerance? It might be an utopian thought, but at least it’s a nice thought.

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