So last night I was at ASC and three people sitting at the bar were, among other things, discussing the gay community in Albuquerque, or better put - the lack thereof.
I've been wondering today about what community means, and specifically what gay community means. Going to a bar isn't community forming because as I looked around everyone was involved with their own little group and there's nothing communal about that. I can't say that going to a bar builds the gay community anymore than I can say eating at a restaurant builds the community.
If I use that as a building block then we'd have to create something akin to an old Irish pub where everyone talks with everyone, knows everyone, and is invested in everyone.
So my three problem solvers raised the question of community and I'm bringing it to a wider audience:
Does Albuquerque have a gay community? And if so, where is it, what does it do, and how does a person become a part of it?
PS: as an aside, all the while they were discussing the matter of community not once was I invited into their discussion. Now isn't that interesting?