GAYPROP One Foot In, One Out
In the 1990s, homosexuals played distinguished roles in the arts and the professions, in business, government, and in the military forces, and with the turn of the century their presence and contributions to the popular culture would be magnified. Despite their contributions, however, they found themselves to be living in two worlds, one the popular culture that was guided by the newprop of equality of status and opportunity, the other a mass culture where homophobes manipulated publics by use of the oldprops of fear, hate, and exclusion.
Sexual identity politics in the 1990s divided the nation along emotional lines. In their anger, zealotry, and breadth of relevance, demands of homosexuals, as well as reactions to them, became throwbacks to oldprop; only in the commitments exerted by many speaking to many did it take on the character of newprop.
The homosexual movement found itself attached politically to presidential candidate Clinton but at odds with Clinton, the President. Although he was acknowledged to look sympathetically on the problems faced by the homosexual community, he could not fulfill his promises to them that they would be given equal protection and opportunity under the law. They were tired of being invisible, of living in two worlds, one of equal contribution, the other of