We spent most of our formative years trying to laugh our way out of awkward situations, so we know how to take the piss out of ourselves — just make sure we get to set the tone. Partying also feels political again. But the new iteration does more than simply represent two generations of US queer culture: it makes the generation gap between them one of its themes.
In fact, without giving too much away, the new series cleverly satirises the golden-age thinking that can go on when it comes to gay culture. Many of these new events trade on the romanticized nostalgia for a not-so-distant past, allowing younger patrons to relive those atmospheres of fun and subversion without the same pervasive, and deadly, fears.
Leave the matchmaking to characters in Jane Austen novels.
It exposes that you have a very stereotypical way of thinking about gay people. As public gathering spaces and community hubs like them disappear, our cities become less diverse and less, well, interesting.
Everyone is supposed to look like a model, have an Adonis body, be super successful, like everything we like, and fit the molds we've created that no one can ever actually live up to.