Pachydermus disgtinguishus Elephants are the revered statesmen of the gay world, and their memories run long and deep. They’re the ones who’ve seen the gay ecosystem change and flourish over the years and have documented it all in their books/plays/photography/contemporary interpretive dance works. Elephants remember the Dark Times of AIDS and criminalization and wear the visible battle scars of that era. Some of the younger (and stupider) animals shun Elephants or ignore them altogether, but the smartest ones flock to them, knowing they offer knowledge, protection, and wisdom. Plus, they put on really great parties with excellent canapés.
Public debates, wrtiers’ festivals, at home in bed reading The New Yorker under high-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets.
By all means, engage in philosophical debates with Elephants about the importance of same-sex marriage and how tough it is to be young and queer right now, but do prepare to be demolished.