At Gents of Lancaster, we share a set of beliefs that represent what we hope the future can bring for “gents” in general.
Who’s a “Gent?”
Originally, we used the term “Gent” as an alternative way to frame ourselves — three white heterosexual men — against other masculine archetypes like “bros.”
However, the idea that a “gent” extends far beyond the qualities that only Gentry, Chris, and Alex share.
Historically, the term “gentleman” and “gentlewoman” were used to show a degree of respect to individuals with strong social standings or wealth.
Today, the term “gentleman” has stuck around while “gentlewoman” has all but disappeared from modern American language.
To make matters more complicated, there’s no existing equivalent for those who don’t identify as either gender (or any at all).
But there’s a solution to this.
“Gentleman” is a well-known and flattering term. By shortening it to “gent” — removing any direct reference to an inborn quality of the person the term describes — we can embrace it as an all-encompassing, omni-inclusive classification.
As a result, we believe the term “gent” to cross all boundaries of social, individual, religious, sexual, etc. qualities.
A gent is any person on any spectrum of any quality, completely unrestricted by the circumstances of their birth.
We invite you to join us in using the term “gent” to describe those who share a simple set of three beliefs — the three below that Alex, Gentry, and Chris all share.
We believe masculinity, femininity, gender neutrality, and other personal identifiers don’t inherently require violence to be expressed.
We believe gentleness, kindness, and patience are the proper alternatives, all of which have the chance to make the Lancaster community a more welcoming place.
We believe everyone is entitled to a base level of respect unless their actions or behaviors show otherwise.
We believe gentleness, kindness, and patience are important, but we also recognize that these qualities all have their limits. Acting in the defense of yourself or others is its own form of kindness.
We believe the community is better when everyone is true to themselves.
We believe that each person is also flawed, and those flaws have the potential to improve or hinder the community at large. Improvement may require embracing or changing those flaws, which also dynamically impacts the community.
Have a question about our beliefs? Contact us.
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We’d love to hear from you.