Time to face facts: Gays have gained social victory

Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 1:00am

The gays have won. The problem is no one will admit it.

The latest big news is that Canada is poised to legalize same-sex marriage. But the signs of the gay victory have been all around for us for years.

The sitcom Will and Grace features openly gay characters who joke about their sex lives in ways that little more than a decade ago would have sparked complaints if uttered by heterosexuals, let alone homosexuals. Showtime's Queer as Folk depicts random gay sex in precisely the same trivial terms that HBO's Sex in the City depicts random heterosexual sex, which is to say with an air of unbridled celebration.

For the popular culture this signals the final stage of mainstreaming homosexuality. After repeated protests from gay groups in the late-1980s and early-1990s, Hollywood stopped casting gays and lesbians as villains (think of No Way Out and Basic Instinct). By the end of the

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