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Halloween: The Great Gay Holiday


By Shirsendu ChakmaPublished 7 months ago β€’ 3 min read
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The LGBTQ community, like other groups, observes and celebrates various holidays, including Pride Month, National Coming Out Day, and Transgender Day of Remembrance. However, one holiday, Halloween, often dubbed "the great gay holiday," holds a special place in the hearts of many LGBTQ individuals. This article explores the unique significance of Halloween within the LGBTQ community, highlighting its historical roots, its role in providing a space for self-expression and freedom, and its appeal to those who may feel like outsiders in society.

Halloween's Evolution

Halloween, a celebration enjoyed by both children and adults, traces its origins to All Hallows Eve, the night before All Saints Day. This Christian holiday itself adapted elements from the Celtic festival of Samhain, a time of connection with the spirit world. Rich Wandel, a gay high priest of Wicca, underscores the importance of Samhain in remembering those who have passed away, a sentiment that resonates with many LGBTQ individuals who have lost friends due to various circumstances.

A Transgressive Festival

Halloween offers a unique opportunity for self-expression, transcending conventional norms. As Nicholas Rogers notes in "Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night," it is the LGBTQ community that has most flamboyantly embraced Halloween's potential as a transgressive festival, operating on the margins of orthodox time, space, and hierarchy. The gay community has played a significant role in Halloween's adult rejuvenation.

The Spiritual Connection

Judy Grahn, in "Another Mother Tongue," emphasizes the significance of Halloween for LGBTQ people, historically serving as priests, witches, shamans, healers, and intermediaries between the mortal and spirit worlds. Impersonating spirits provides a safe way to venture outdoors on Halloween, a task well-suited for LGBTQ individuals given their historical roles. This quality of impersonation and the act of crossing over between worlds contribute to Halloween's status as the most significant gay holiday.

Freedom and Self-Expression

For LGBTQ communities, Halloween has long symbolized a time of greater freedom. Even during the 1940s and 1950s when police harassment of gay bars was rampant, Halloween remained a special evening when drag queens could step out without fear. This sense of liberation is one of the many reasons Halloween holds such appeal within the LGBTQ community.

A Celebration of Individuality

Halloween's allure extends beyond its historical and spiritual connotations. LGBTQ people are drawn to Halloween because it aligns with their role as societal outsiders, their penchant for cross-dressing and gender-bending, and their love for the extraordinary and fantastical. It's a time to embrace the unusual, find humor in life's absurdities, don festive costumes, and immerse themselves in the world of make-believe. Halloween allows LGBTQ individuals to shed the constraints of everyday life and fully express their fun, exotic, and erotic selves.

In conclusion, while Halloween may be seen as a mere children's holiday by some, it carries a deeper meaning for the LGBTQ community. It serves as a day and night of freedom, self-expression, and celebration of individuality. For LGBTQ individuals, Halloween is a time to break free from the mundane, embrace the extraordinary, and be unapologetically themselves. It's not just a holiday; it's a symbol of the LGBTQ spirit.

The "I hate gay Halloween parties" meme caught fire over the weekend after several users started posting their obscure Halloween costumes to the platform, with members of the LGBTQIA+ community opting for less obvious costumes this spooky season highlighting their random looks.

Prefaced with the mantra, "I hate gay Halloween parties," social media users all over shared their obscure getups, including an attempt at Jennifer Lawrence on the hot wings-themed interview show, Hot Ones, Lady Gaga in her recent commercial for the migraine medicine, Nurtec ODT, and someone dressed as a sassy piece of steak, a.k.a. "Big Miss Steak."

"hate going to gay halloween parties like what do you mean you're jennifer lawrence crying on hot ones, what do youβ€” WHAT DO YOU MEAN??," one user wrote, sharing their J.Law-inspired fit.


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Shirsendu Chakma

I want to see you with my two eyes πŸ’”πŸ˜’πŸ˜­

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