Now, it just might be stereotyping, but “My theory is” that at most of the people who sing YMCA at baseball games doesn’t know what the song (seems to be) is about. They may even be dismayed to hear it. I’ll also bet that most students, bored by badly taught works of (enter namefamous gay writer here) don’t know that sonnets written by (same here) where by a gay man.
What brought this on? The realization of Freddie Mercury or Alan Turing’s homosexuality? No, it was the trival fact that while the Japanese manga (comic book) “Miyuki-chan in Wonderland” which depicts the Alice in Wonderland inspired adventures of a young girl’s dreams of being chased by women, is obviously about a young girl running from the fact that she is a lesbian, people I have met in real life seem shocked by the idea.
P.S. Why not call this “who’s a gay celebrity?” Because the search engine seems to miss three letter words.
P.s.s. Yep, celebrites that are now known to be gay, but wear not then, like Rock Hudson count.
Yeah, I know, don’t they. I am a member of the Bush/Dick shippers fanclub local 42.
But really, in my book, the more gay visability, the better, while the more text books that never have even one line saying, “such-and-such famous artist was gay”, and instead let kids think that there is no one gay is a bad thing.
I don’t have my gaydar set very high. I also was suprised when my mom told me that Jodie Foster was a woman in comfortable shoes. Heck, it took a while to dawn on me that about half the congregation at my church is gay and lesbian. It isn’t unimportant but I think our goal as a society should be to reach a point where when we learn someone is gay the general public’s response is “meh.”
Whoa! Since I started typing my response, I have had real answers. Thank you, guys.
btw, I was shocked (and aroused) when I realized the probably implication of the Book of Ruth, when Ruth is speaking to Naomi:
And Ruth said "entreat me not to leave you, or to return from following you. Where you go, I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people and your God my God; where you die, I will die and there will I be buried.
…What? I meant intellectually aroused, *intellectually *, I tells ya!
A buddy of mine from the north of England once told me, years ago, that the favorite group of many hooligan types was Queen, and it was worth your life to suggest that Freddie Mercury was gay. That has always made me laugh, whether it’s true or not.
I was astonished to find out that Freddie was of Indian extraction. don’t know why.
Wow, I must be backwards. I knew about Dusty Springfield (she was bi) but not about Jodie Foster. I just learned that glances at clock two minutes ago.
Other than that, so far, no one that I can think of. My husband, however, is a huge fan of Nathan Lane, and when I mentioned once that he was gay, he didn’t believe it. I think it’s dawning on him now, though… slowly.