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RE: More on Bruckner's 6th and Blomstedt

"I know some of us gay men can be insufferably shallow and ready to snipe bitchily at what is disliked."

Based on the intelligence of the rest of your post, I would assume this is some gentle sarcasm. My experience (as a straight man, so casual observation only) is that the classical music arena is one place where the anti-gay hostility that is still pervasive in much of our society is not so strong, and gay men are a little more comfortable about being openly gay. (Though apparently that wasn't the case for Leonard Bernstein in the fifties. I've read he felt he couldn't be openly gay without hurting his chances to direct the Boston Symphony, a position he coveted but never obtained. In NY, he succeeded Dmitri Mitropoulos, another gay man.)

I know that in many venues in business, law, etc., many gay men feel they have to "live a lie" and pretend to be straight at work in order to be accepted. So if Mike saw two gay men holding hands or otherwise being "obviously gay" at a concert (sniping bitchily?), I think that's great. Let's hope the classical music world can teach a lesson in tolerance to everyone else.

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