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.
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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.