I often talk about the stereotypes and how the mainsream media seems to always focus on certain aspects of the gay community and misses other aspects completely.
But the fact remains that the gay community is filled with diversity on all levels. And some of the stereotypes that are put out in the mainstream are true and they shouldn't be diminished either. So while I do wish that we saw more shades of gay, so to speak, in the mainstream, I also think it's important to celebrate some of the stereotypes as well.
Beekman Boys On Amazing Race This Fall:
FABULOUS + AMAZING = FABUMAZING!
The Fabulous Beekman Boys will be competing on this fall's season of The Amazing Race on CBS.
This information came from an e-mail announcement and there's no link. But I think that's about as bad as it gets with regard to stereotypes. Fabumazing? In any event, I enjoy what the Josh and Brent do. And we all know, "Farmin Ain't Easy."
Drag Queen Barbie:
Styled with glamorous Marilyn makeup in a barely-there, platinum mini-dress—the showstopper part of which is a bejeweled, corseted bodice—and draped with a floor-length white fur, the Blond Diamond Barbie is designed by New York City fashion duo the Blonds. BarbieCollector.com, which sells the doll, calls it “pretty, provocative, and magical.” A slew of major media outlets—among them TIME, ABC News, Entertainment Weekly—and countless smaller blogs call it “Drag Queen Barbie.” That title is not exactly accurate, but the doll is progressive—albeit controversial.
You can read more about drag queen Barbie here. Again, another stereotype that is a big part of the gay community and always has been.
Mary Cheney, Vice-President Dick Cheney's Daughter:
When you think of a gay marriage, you probably imagine a lot of things. However, one thing we‘re almost certain you don’t expect is for Dick Cheney to be in attendance as the father of the bride. Or, in this case, one of two brides. Yet just recently, he has been just that.
You can read more here. And, this is about as far from the stereotype as it gets. Republican Veep, Dick Cheney, has a gay daughter? And she got married? What on earth could possibly happen next?
This Is a Huge Part of Gay America:
Notice how I left it blank. That's because there are still millions of gay men and women who still aren't "out" because they can't come out. They fear losing their jobs, they fear losing their families, and they fear being shunned from their religions. In fact, I would go as far as saying they make up the majority of the gay community and don't even know it.