City Weekly received a voice mail from a reader who took exception to our recent cover story on the gay Latino club scene. --- His remarks add another uncomfortable dimension to the hard-knock life of this community—that is: contempt from within the LGBT community:
"I have a problem with the June 17 City Weekly, the “Kings of Queens: Behind Utah’s Sunday night gay Latino club scene, two men search for their community’s future.” I have been a reliable customer of the City Weekly since it was The Private Eye. Now, I’m a gay male in Salt Lake City—a respectable gay male—and this is disgraceful. We don’t need the public to look at this and feel that this is the type of trash that I represent. This is not me, I hate it, this is filth. These people that are doing this type of filth—you know, I like drag queens, but this is filth—they should go back to their country, and that’s just the way it is."
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If Stephen Dark's article did nothing else, it showed how isolated and vulnerable the gay Latino nightclub community is. Far from being a disgrace to gays in SLC, the individuals in Dark's story challenge Salt Lakers to walk their talk of inclusiveness. The tendency that must be avoided at all costs is putting up a velvet rope and saying, "That's all who can come in right now." Because there is no club; there is no destination. There are just hopes and dreams and endless movement.