A person who is gothic is one who enjoys the idea of death, blood, gore, etc., being a larger part of their life. Personally, true gothic people are caring, understanding, and usually outcasts. The reason this is is not just because of their all black clothing (which is only the case for a vast majority of them, while some do not wear all black), but also it is due to their beliefs being either against the mainstream, or some other bullshit reason.
Gothic people tend to be legitimate, hard working indivuals.... who would have guessed?! (hard sarcasm). These people who are usually self proclaimed gothics tend to be the occultists, which is the stereotype the "general public" has made for this word. Those people are typically satanists (those who worship the devil, and commit crimes in their worship, not following the true satanic religion set by Anton Lavey). These people often tend to be rude, or otherwise ignorant, people. This again is the common stereotype.
The gothic community (yes there is such a thing) sees these people as fakes, or people trying to fit in. This is most likely the case, and should therefore be reestablished to a more prominent word... maybe ass holes, or suicidal bitches. When a person is truly gothic, that individual most commonly is a practicing pagan, wiccan, TRUE SATANIST, or other occult of appropriate fitting. Remember, occultists are not devil worshippers.
Another thing to know of this, gothic people are people who stray away from the majority due to their belief of heavy individuality. They do not like to blend in; rather, they like to stand out and be noticed for their uniqueness. They are not trying to "get attention" so they can be attention whores. Gothic people are attention getters because they are strictly unique.
The gothic community was accepting of us when we attended a mass event with some friends.
I really enjoy my gothic friends, they are very understanding of what I believe and back me up. They sometimes help me question things I never thought about before.
It's incredible that gothic people really aren't that bad. They aren't ass holes like I thought.