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on 07/27/2012 - 11:38 pm
GLEE leaves nothing to the imagination, and many parents couldn’t be happier. “They’re going to talk about it anyway,” my conservative sister remarks, “So I guess I’m glad that GLEE brings it up while we’re all sitting together. It helps us break the ice about sexuality, issues my teens are facing at school and where they stand on things.”
What does the show mean for the LGBTQ community? Let’s just say that it is leading the gay-teen revolution on TV. “Kurt” is the openly gay character, paving the way for acceptance across the masses. He says that he can relate to the ridicule that he faces on the set. His high voice and his tendencies towards the effeminate made him an open target for the jocks. Always loving to perform, he admits "I've gone from a theater geek in high school to a theater geek on national television!" For Chris Colfer who plays Kurt, GLEE is a welcome relief. He was never encouraged to express himself, he says, and now he gets the chance to shine like only a true diva can.
A Golden Globe and Peabody Award winner, GLEE has become a worldwide smash. While singlehandedly resurrecting glee clubs everywhere, the musical extravaganza has detailed the experience going through high school gay and chronicled the hardships. The show encourages us to break out and be loud. The shinier the better. Showing little restraint, it is all about being happy with your craziness and celebrating your extraordinary self.
I personally find the show fascinating. it gives a whole new meaning to free expression and showmanship. There is a urge to serve the viewers, gay and straight, with a healthy dose of openness that is sorely needed. If synergy and conflict are the backbones, love is the heart of the show. Hopefully they will never stop pushing the limits of theatrical passion and the right to live out loud!
This is Straighty Says and I’ll shoot it to you straight!
on 07/20/2012 - 08:41 pm
The brilliant sparkle of London’s summer lights are even brighter this year with the arrival of the Olympics, World Pride and an influx of global travelers. The city is positively buzzing, bending over backwards then springing forward as the events carry on into the heat. How is the gay community represented across the pond? Pretty in pink, faster than lightening and ready for a holiday.
Of the 10,500 athletes that will be competing at the summer games, there are a number of “out” competitors. Seimone Augustus of the U.S. basketball team and Matthew Mitcham of the Australian diving team are just a few of the gay players. Megan Rapinoe represents the U.S. soccer team and Marilyn Agliotti plays field hockey for the Netherlands.This year brings something new with Jordan Pisey Windle, the youngest person to qualify for the U.S. Olympic diving trials. Windle has two dads and is serving as grand marshal of central Indiana’s pride festival.
Veterans of the UK’s first LGBT Pride in filled the streets of London for this year’s World Pride event. A crowd of nearly 25,000 marched as they celebrated the 40th anniversary of Britain’s first Gay Pride parade in 1972. The event was slightly low-key with no cars or floats in the procession, but the atmosphere was still vibrant.
Needless to say, now is the time for a trip to London if you haven’t been or if you are simply looking for a fabulous vacay. Virgin Atlantic is offering cheap flights if you book them before July 25th. Want to get away and support your favorite Olympian? Go to Virgin’s website for cool prices on hot tickets - http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/us/en/ideas-lowestfares/lowest-fares/usa-special-offers.html?cm_mmc=US%20Display-_-paid-_-HereMedia-_-304631
If you make it there, be sure to send us pictures and give us your spin on a “Gay Vacay in London!” This is Straighty Says, and I’ll shoot it to you straight!
on 07/14/2012 - 09:23 am
It makes sense that Facebook would be on board. They may not be the trend setters of the 21st Century, but you can bet that the Internet giant isn’t far behind when it comes to social trends. If you want to update your “relationship status” these days, you now have the option of having a gay marriage icon for your page. This is not their first journey into the gay waters, however. In 2011, Facebook added “In a Civil Union” and “In a Domestic Partnership” options to user profiles. New icons with two brides or two grooms are the latest way to show you’re gay. The site has also taken a stand towards anti-LGBT bullying, proving that they do care about their gay followers.
What else is new? After the legalization of same-sex marriage in California, the buzz began with a slew of new and fun ways to celebrate. Trend Hunter (trendhunter.com) points out sixty nine different ways that people are jumping for joy after the overhaul. Some of our favorites included Feminine Accessories for Men, LGBTQ Pride Alcohol - ABSOLUT Colors, Cross-dressing Fashion Ads by Marc Jacobs and the Iconic Underwear Tribute by Calvin Klein. These fads are among the fabulous new ways that gay marriage is taking the world by storm and really making an impact.
Gay gifts are on the rise with a little something for everyone. “Thank You” Wedding Cards with two grooms are finally here. Lesbian In Training t-shirts come in many colors and iPad users can represent with rainbow print skins.
Brokeback Mountain has become an Opera, which sets the stage literally and figuratively for the rest of the population. This is just the beginning, the winds of change are always bringing something new. We just hope that the band keeps playing as gay-friendly trends keep us coming back for more. Know of any other cute and quirky trends? Let us know! We’d love to hear from you and we always want to learn about the latest and greatest for the gay community.
This is Straighty Says and I’ll shoot it to you straight! Thanks for reading!