Skip to comments."Braving the Streets Her Way" (Washington Post celebrates trashy "gay" lifestyle)
Posted on 10/03/2004 5:41:50 PM PDT by heye2monn
washingtonpost.com Braving the Streets Her Way By Anne Hull Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, October 3, 2004; Page A01
The belt buckle says SEXY. The silk jersey says Denver Nuggets. Both are laid out on the bed as Felicia Holt stands at the ironing board, trying to press some perfection into her Friday night. With sleepy eyes and a smooth jaw, she cocks her chin with satisfaction. What stares back is the creamiest thug on the block.
To be a young lesbian from the trash-blown and violent streets of Newark takes a measure of imagination.
Identifying strictly as butch or femme has diminished in recent generations of lesbians, but human sexual identity is fluid and there are infinite ways to express it. What comes naturally to Felicia -- despite her delicate features and hormonal moodiness -- is letting her khakis ride low around her boxers.
But there is the other edge of the sword. Felicia has been jumped and beaten. Men press her for sex. After Sakia Gunn was killed, Felicia had to become more discerning about the overtures. Some have a hint of playfulness, and she can handle those. Others have menace.
Felicia says that some men view her as competition for their women and want to remind her of their dominance. She has developed her own radar that tells her who might be trouble.
After Sakia was slain, most of the pulpits in Newark were silent. There was one that raged. Liberation in Truth Unity Fellowship Church is a full-gospel, sweat-under-the-armpits, rosewater-scented African American church for gay people. Services are held downtown on Sunday afternoons in a 260-year-old stone church borrowed from the Episcopalians.
Tomorrow: Felicia's song. © 2004 The Washington Post Company
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Anne Hull, the Post author, calls that behavior "natural" and writes that the beautiful heroine is fighting against the dark forces of predatory men and callous, "glowering" churches.
Michael Getler, the Post ombudsman, can be reached at "firstname.lastname@example.org"
The ombudsman will no doubt characterize the anticipated complaints as coming from narrow-minded fools.
The Post has just discovered what Howard Stern figured out 20 years ago that talking about lesbians is HOT.
talking about lesbians is HOT.
Not butch lesbians in Denver Nugget overshirts.
No way. Lipstick les's rule!
This sentence makes no sense.
And this story is about a teenage lesbian in Newark, New Jersey. What, exactly, is the local angle for this Washington Post story? Ridiculous.
Reminds me of Penthouse Letters.... It is interesting to see porn go so main stream.