The Advocate posted a list of the Top 50 more influential queers in mainstream media. It caught my eye today and I checked out the list. I’m not familiar with all 50 but I definitely think they got the Top 5 on the list right.
As 2012 winds down, you can’t but help reflect on the year and there is so much to be super thankful for and super excited about when it comes to gay right and the noble cause of equality. The Advocate has a GREAT article about 25 heroes that came out in 2012 and I wanted to share it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, and again…and again: There is no greater activism that does more good than the simple act of coming out. Click the link below to see which of the 25 the Advocate mentioned in my article caught my eye!
This article in the Advocate was submitted by one of our readers and I thought I’d pass it along…
Every now and then, a spotlight shines on our American democracy, and when it does, a respectful nod should be offered—if not a rousing standing ovation. Surely this is the case, given how far our country has come in our most recent election regarding the LGBT community. This isn’t to suggest that we have arrived as a nation. We haven’t. But it’s important to say, even though we have a long way to go, we also have come a long way.
Conservative blogs around the country are in an uproar over what they allege to be the liberal gay media’s failure to report on an assault of a gay conservative.
In a posting at her own site, The Snark Who Hunts Back, and reposted here at Queerlandia, Meredithancret states the liberal gay media believes “we deserve it, so why should they bring attention to a story about a gay conservative who has been brutalized. They think we deserve to be assaulted and put in our place.” That, of course, is not the case.
The only local newspaper coverage of the incident I could find, and it didn’t appear to make it into the printed edition, was a short online article in The Cap Times, and it does not indicate the police are investigating the alleged incident as a hate crime. That coverage is left to The Daily Caller, the source of every other report echoing around the conservative blogosphere.
Dan Savage had some comments about the coverage, and lack thereof, at The Slog. The short version: the report doesn’t smell right.
Kirk Cameron is in the hot seat lately with regard to ‘homosexuality’ (I really don’t like that word, by the way-it feels antiquated and reminds me of the days it was considered a disorder in the DSM). The Advocate has an interesting piece on what other 80s TV stars have said about it. It isn’t groundbreaking and doesn’t really matter, but it’s worth a look. Or, actually, maybe it does matter in the sense that our social attitudes are influenced (for better or worse) by those we see in the media and especially by those who have achieved some level of notoriety. It doesn’t mean their views are more valid than anyone else’s, but they are certainly more visible than most. Here’s a blurb and you can read the rest here:
Posted on Advocate.com March 07, 2012 01:15:00 AM ET
What Other ’80s Teen Stars Have to Say About EqualitySee how the views on gay rights and marriage equality of other teen stars of the 1980s such as Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, and Sarah Jessica Parker measure up with Kirk Cameron’s.
Eighties teen idol Kirk Cameron, who played Mike Seaver in the sitcomGrowing Pains from 1985-92, sparked a media frenzy with his antigay comments on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight show last week.
“I think that it’s unnatural,” Cameron saidwhen asked if homosexuality was a sin. “I think that it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”