“The phrase ‘mission accomplished’ has gotten a bad rap in recent years but in this case, it certainly applies,” Mccubbin said.
“When we set out to establish Lambda Rising in 1974, it was intended as a demonstration of the demand for gay and lesbian literature,” he said, noting that few if any mainstream bookstores and newsstands carried gay related books and periodicals at the time.
“Today, 35 years later, nearly every general bookstore carries GLBT books, often featuring them in special sections,” he said.
Mccubbin said the Internet also enables people today to access LGBT related information from almost any location in the country, accomplishing yet another part of Lambda Rising’s mission: to provide up-to-date information to a community that could not obtain it elsewhere.
Although the mainstreaming of gay culture comes with real costs (no Barnes & Noble or Borders can replace the diversity of offerings in a store such as Lambda Rising), somehow it still feels like progress. If not progress exactly, then greater maturity. Rather than lapse into nostalgia for “Gay Culture,” I would prefer to point to the possibility of a new and fully integral identity emergent in our midst.