‘GAY’ GOES MAINSTREAM

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‘GAY’ GOES MAINSTREAM

‘GAY’ GOES MAINSTREAM

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Gay has come to be accepted as a part of mainstream popular culture. Since the riots in small tavern in New York City there has been a great change in acceptance of gay community in the society. Forty years since the Stone Wall riots, gay has spread from the small tavern to every other continent and major cities like Mumbai, Shanghai, Dubai, and others which could not be considered as potential harbor for gays. Everywhere gay has landed, it has won, and in time. Yet, four decades ago, on June 28, 1969, it appeared like a uphill battle that pitted corrupt cops against people who were determined to  live up their American dream of freedom, or just another unlucky event in the mucky sixties.  Stonewall Tavern was just a small Greenwich Village bar which brought together gay people huddling together as friends and lovers  away from the hostile community that considered gays and lesbians as ‘social outcasts’. However, it may have been the way in which gay culture was constructed as associated at that time rather than perception as social deviance that made it unacceptable in the society.  Stonewall Tavern was a  hangout for every social deviant, from macho bikers to drug queens,  who made pilgrimage from as far as Ohio, Iowa, and Kansas.