Last weekend was Bats Day in the Fun Park–that’s Goth Day at Disneyland for the uninitiated. This was the first year–and I’ve been a bunch–that we didn’t get hostile glares — and watch, laughing in disbelief, as parents snatched their children away from our strolling black-clad hordes.

I did get asked a lot

So is there a special event today?

And I explained that we’re Goths and just like everyone else we love Disneyland and have families and friends and like to enjoy the happiest place on earth.

What we did notice was assimilation–there were times we couldn’t tell if people were with us or were One of Them, the others, the normals. Skull shirts, black clothes, bright colored hair were matched with cut-off denim shorts, fanny packs, Dockers, mom jeans and Jesusy stuff. It was a little weird. On one hand: They have been assimilated and resistance is futile. Or has our dark subculture gone mainstream–and is that “bad” or “good”?


Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.