Not surprisingly given the working class masculine origins of the cult, there are those who claim that no homosexuals can be skinheads. OI posters still occasionally end their messages with "Cheers". For about a year and a half now I have been studying non-racist and anti-racist skinheads and their look-alike neo-nazi "bonehead" cousins, using skin websites, e-mail lists and newsgroups as my primary source of data. Straightedgers do not use drugs or intoxicants and refrain from sex until marriage or, in the case of gay sXe, entering a committed relationship. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. Threads attempting to define "working class" have erupted several times on OI since I began monitoring the list, but even American and Canadian posters do not seem to be able to come to agreement about what the defining characteristics of working class are. OI is the younger of the two e-mail lists; the QSB began as a web community in and is currently evolving into an association of on-the-ground crews who socialize together.
So the English-only language policy is one which has developed to facilitate communication, not one imposed by the owner of either list. Both lists function regularly as channels for spreading news of upcoming events of interest to gay skinheads and reports on past events. Straightedgers do not use drugs or intoxicants and refrain from sex until marriage or, in the case of gay sXe, entering a committed relationship. Like other skins, they value loyalty to skin mates and encourage self-pride, self-reliance and hard work rather than relying on a helping hand from the government, the police or welfare agencies. OI posters still occasionally end their messages with "Cheers". It would be hard to imagine anything similar on the OI list, where even a post passing on the URL of a gay watersports 14 website attracted a rash of flaming. This is apparent not only in much of the straight and gay skinhead and "bonehead" rhetoric on the Internet but also in on-the-ground clashes between anti-racist SHARP, RASH, ARA 11 skinheads and "boneheads" such as those that resulted in the murder of two anti-racist skinheads in the Nevada desert in July and the many other less violent clashes at Oi!
Since forums for discussing these matters are no more available in Europe than in North America, it is tempting to "read" this as suggesting that North American gay skins are more interested in broader skinhead culture than are European gay skins, whose interest seems to be in a unique gay skinhead subculture. Some gay skinheads have a sexual fetish for skinhead clothing styles. So the English-only language policy is one which has developed to facilitate communication, not one imposed by the owner of either list. In contrast, new subscriber introductory posts to SKINS often contain quite open references to sex without drawing flames. Threads on skinhead history, skinheads and "boneheads" in the news, skinheads in films, and skinhead music are common on OI but rare on the European SKINS list.