Category: Gay Icons

More Gay Icons; Ryan Murphy’s Gay Icons; Beyonce Should Donate Money From Coachella To LGBT Causes

More Gay Icons

I’ll never get this gay icon thing for anything, so I’ve given up trying. I like them all, and I respect them all, but I wouldn’t stand in a long line for any of them.

The fact remains that a lot of gay people do have icons, and here’s one of them in 2017.

Carol Channing – Bob the Drag queen breathed new life into this lady’s legacy when he impersonated her on Drag Race — but let’s be honest, she didn’t need any help. Her legacy is lively enough as it is. As Dolly Levi, she’s a constant reminder that you can bounce back from tragedy. And in Skiddoo, she’s a reminder that you shouldn’t take every role you’re offered.

You can check out the rest of the gay icons here. If you check out the comments, you’ll see that not everyone who is gay agrees.

I do think I understand *why* some gay men have these icons. Growing up in a heteronormative world wasn’t easy for any of us, and I think some gay men identify with these icons in ways that go much deeper than entertainment. That’s something I do understand. I felt that way with Anne Rice novels.

Ryan Murphy’s Gay Icons

Here’s another one about gay icons, and this one is all about Ryan Murphy.

Ryan Murphy’s latest anthology series finally has a premiere date. The highly anticipated Feud: Bette and Joan, about the legendary beef between Hollywood—and more importantly gay—icons Bette Davis and Joan Crawford joins FX’s Sunday night lineup on March 5.

Here’s the rest.

I’ll give this one a shot. I’m not much for the gay icon angle, but I do enjoy history of film movies. And the camp factor alone in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane is worth checking out.

Beyonce Should Donate Money From Coachella To LGBT Causes

Now here’s something I totally agree with.

Last week I posted about the owner of Coachella allegedly making donations to anti-gay causes. I also posted about his apology a few days later. He claims he didn’t even know what causes he was supporting, and he’s broken ties with them all since he found out. I thought he sounded sincere. Evidently, his apology and his efforts to prove he’s not anti-gay wasn’t enough for some people, and I don’t think it ever will be enough…for some people.

So what can be done about all this? Aside from just not going, you can also sign a petition asking performers to donate their proceeds to queer causes to counteract Phil Anschutz’s agenda. It’s directed at performers like Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead, and recommends donations to The Trevor Project, Trans Lifeline and the Human Rights Campaign.

I’m not a huge fan of boycotts of any kind because they usually wind up hurting so many people who had nothing to do with the original issue that caused the shitstorm. There are a lot of innocent people who depend on Coachella for a living and they’ve never done anything wrong or anti-gay. Why would anyone want to hurt them?

So this idea that Beyonce and her grand fellow celebrities should donate their proceeds sounds like an excellent compromise. I love it. Go ahead, Beyonce, give your money to LGBT causes.  

You can read the rest here.

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Cher on Wigs; Bear or Otter? Anderson Cooper on Adam Levine

Cher on Wigs

Cher had a few interesting comments about Conshita Wurst’s wig. Wurst is the winner of the Eurovision Song Contesnt, and Cher also had a few nice things to say as well.

The Dark Lady singer and living legend described the Austrian singer and future gay icon as someone she respected and admired.

She said: ‘#Eurovision Winner is Fascinating 2 Pieces of Advice..U Deserve a Lovelier Name & Wig This is NOT SHADE I Respect & AdmireYour Resolve.’

I just wish I could understand this “future gay icon” thing a little better. I don’t have any icons like Cher. Most of the gay men I know don’t have any icons. I like Cher. I’m sure she’s a nice person. I respect her hard work, but I don’t want to be Cher and I wouldn’t stand in a long line to see her. I’m not all that fond of her music. I find Chaz a lot more interesting.

You can read more here.

Bear or Otter?

Actually, speaking of things I don’t always get, here’s another one. I never understood the whole animal classification deal with gay men. But I do like this piece.

According to this article, a gay cartoonist has come up with a way to classify all gay males as animals, among other things. And this time he does it with humor and it’s hysterical.

While you might know how to spot your chickens from your bears, a gay cartoonist has decided to widen the field.

The author of Adventures In Gay, who goes by Hat, has created highly scientific classifications to decipher the typical gay male.

You can read more here, and see the video. I love things like this because it means they are laughing with us and not at us.

“A gay guy who is closed on Sunday is a Post Orifice.”

Anderson Cooper on Adam Levine

After Adam Levine bleached his hair platinum blond, many started commenting and making comparisons to Anderson Cooper’s looks. So Cooper took it in his stride and made a few of his own comments.

Cooper provides plenty of photographic side-by-side evidence that even with the platinum hair, the two men look nothing alike.

For example, while Levine was famously on the cover of People Magazine as ‘The Sexiest Man Alive,’ one of Cooper’s covers was for Web MD magazine.

‘Adam has moves like Jagger and I always thought I had moves like (fellow CNN anchor) Wolf Blizter.’

Although I have to admit that Adam Levine once had a memorable feature in Architectural Digest where his home was the focus of some interesting elements of design, I find Cooper more attractive than Levine. It’s not just about looks either.

You can read more here.

Joan Rivers Flips Leno; Beyonce As Marilyn Monroe

Joan Rivers Flips Leno

I think this is pop culture news, and also gay news because like it or not Joan Rivers is an icon to some gay men. But in all seriousness, she’s no fool, she makes most feminists look lazy, and she’s always taken control of her own life and her circumstances. And after years of being banned from the Tonight Show, thanks to the way women are often treated in Hollywood (and the fact that straight white men still control Hollywood), Rivers finally made a return appearance thanks to Jimmy Fallon.

You can watch a clip here where Rivers discusses the Tonight Show appearance and also discusses how she feels about the way she was treated…largely, she believes, because she was a woman. She also flips Jay Leno the bird for banning her from the show.

I used to watch the Tonight Show when I was a kid back when Johnny Carson hosted the show. I vaguely remember Joan Rivers as a guest host. Whatever happened between Rivers and Carson can only be told by Rivers now because Carson never spoke about it in public. In the same respect, Jay Leno never had Joan Rivers back on the tonight show either. The only reason I find that interesting is because I never once watched the Tonight Show after Carson retired. There was just no way I could deal with Leno as Carson’s replacement. I just never got it…or him.

I’m finally watching the Tonight Show again thanks to Jimmy Fallon.

Beyoncé As Marilyn Monroe

Tony and I finally traded in our twelve year old Jag and bought a new car this past January. I loved that Jag. We bought it on the showroom floor twelve years ago and I fought to keep it for the last four years. But it was getting up there and it was time to trade it in for something new. And with the new car I discovered satellite radio for the first time and I can now listen to Ryan Seacrest in the morning. When I heard about Beyoncé channeling Marilyn Monroe on Seacrest’s show this morning I earmarked it for a post because it’s interesting to see Monroe’s legacy alive after all these years. Beyoncé will be on the cover of Out Magazine in May, in full Marilyn drag…and using the exposure as a platform for feminism.

The 32-year-old pop superstar — who poses topless while wearing a platinum wig — channels her inner Marilyn Monroe for a timeless black-and-white photo shoot and talks about her self-titled album and feminism. Although the “Drunk in Love” singer has mastered the art of surprise, it’s no secret that she is an advocate for women’s right, and now she’s using her magazine spread as a platform to once again influence female liberation.

You can read more here.

I posted about Beyoncé’s clever marketing ploy last Christmas here. That time it was Beyoncé who flipped the proverbial bird to Amazon.

Amazon and Target refused to sell Beyonce’s new album because she released it on iTunes first, with a one week iTunes exclusive. It’s interesting because the very thing Amazon did to me with the exclusive they require for the lending program is the exact same thing they penalized Beyonce for doing with Apple. Beyonce retaliated by going to a Wal-Mart store this past weekend where she gave 750 shoppers a fifty dollar gift card, an amount that totaled something close to thirty eight thousand dollars.

Amazon clearly survived the gesture.