This is the question that Jeremy Lybarger poses in his profile of gay survivalists, those who are preparing for end of civilized society or some other calamity that will require them to retreat to a bunker. The Advocate magazine article, entitled, ‘The End Is Nigh’ explores why some within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community would want to join up with Survivalist Groups when homophobia seems to be so rampant within them:
While “gay survivalist” might sound like a Saturday Night Live skit, an increasingly vocal number of LGBT Americans are banding together online in preparation for social, economic, or governmental collapse. There are an estimated 3 to 4 million survivalists in the United States, and although it’s impossible to know how many are gay, the question — or rather, debate — of whether to accept them runs rampant on survivalist websites.
“For your own good, stay in the city and stock up. Your commune will be sighted by the first group of armed heterosexuals that is nearby. Most likely they will burn you alive. I am not joking,” one commenter cautioned prospective gay preppers. This is one of the more extreme responses, but its sentiment is echoed across dozens of similar forums. The message to gay preppers seems to be: You’re better off dead.
Given this animosity, why are more and more gays keen to join or start survivalist camps? To be sure, most such camps are the stuff of message boards and listservs, but several commenters do claim brick-and-mortar compounds everywhere from Nyack, N.Y., to Dallas, Texas. If TV shows such as Doomsday Preppers and Apocalypse 101 ushered survivalism into the mainstream, a gay conservative fringe made it the unlikely contingency plan of untold numbers of LGBT Americans.