This has always been a rough one for me, because I have always firmly believed that no one should ever be forced into coming out as gay. For most people who fall under the umbrella of LGBTQ, it's a serious, emotional decision for which they have to be ready. And I still believe that. I receive e-mails daily from closeted gay male readers who are fighting with this dilemma every waking minute.
However, there are still a lot of double standards going on in Hollywood these days that are both disingenuous and sneaky. I'm not going into a long rant about this because I know everyone "gets' it.
Here's an article that gives 20 reasons why Matt Damon was wrong to tell gay actors to remain in the closet.
So there still are no openly gay leading men, at least on the Major Motion Picture front. It’s a pity.
According to Matt Damon (in a comment he’s since insisted was taken out of context), this is because the career of Rupert Everett, who came out in 1989 when Matt was 19, did not achieve the stardom Everett apparently assumed he was destined for. Apparently this narrative, promulgated mostly by Everett, made a deep impression on Damon.
Damon’s theory, whether he meant it or not, is another version of the old canard that openly gay men can’t be leading men because straight men recoil at the notion and, for women, it ruins the fantasy. Hahaha
You can read the rest here. It's a list of successful openly gay stars, proving Matt Damon wrong. However, Damon isn't totally wrong because that same passive aggressive, self-loathing homophobia still exists today in Hollywood.
Cher, Dyslexia, Gays, and Hollywood Fail, Again
On the surface, this sounds okay. I can even relate to it to a certain extent...again, on the surface. However, I would never be presumptuous...or foolish enough...to even try to begin to understand what life is like for someone with dyslexia. And frankly, I would like the same respect extended to me as a gay man from someone who is still coming from a place of privilege like Cher.
But while making yet another fundraising appearance for Hillary Clinton this week, the Oscar winner talked about another reason why she feels so simpatico with LGBTI people: her dyslexia.
‘I understand, and I think this is a thing that I share with my gay brothers and sisters, that I understand shame-for-no-reason,’ she said at The Park on 10th Avenue in New York City.
‘I understand trying to overcome what you shouldn’t have to overcome, something that’s just natural, that we are, the people who we are, the colors that we are.’
Here's a link to the rest.
This is Hollywood fail, and in the same way it always has been. As far as I know, Cher will never know what it's like to be refused the right to marry legally. And that's just one thing.
University of Indonesia To "Normalize" Gays
Evidently, they think they can "normalize" gay people at this university.
Syamsu Qamar Badu, the rector of the State University of Gorontalo (UNG), issued a new set of policies targeting LGBTI people.
This includes a ‘special team’ employed to look out for, and offer ‘counseling’ for, students they suspect of identifying as LGBTI.
‘This identification process will not be easy, but we can’t just let it happen if there are male students wearing lipstick on campus,’ Badu said.
You can read the rest here.
Lipstick on campus? Someone should tell them.
And it's interesting to note that The Indonesia Psychiatric Association (PDSKJI) still believes "homosexuality" is an illness.
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