For the remainder of 2015 and perhaps beyond, I will be talking on Your Gay News about Role Models, about our Heroes and Sheroes, the trailblazers, the ones who have opened the floodgates or those who have more subtly had an impact upon the perceptions of LGBTQIA etc people and upon our/their place in the world.
I grew up seeing caricatuires, effeminate men, stereotypes and safe homely closeted celebrities. I saw no-one relatable although I was drawn to the colourful and the bold characters in 80’s pop music, such as Boy George, Marilyn, Pete Burns and attracted to the likes of Jimmy Somerville and Frankie Goes to Hollywood; Somerville being the most like myself, a small-town Scottish boy who wanted to run away and question WHY?
Those who live authentically, openly and unashamedly are shining a light on the remarkable diversity that really exists in the world and in doing so they shine their light, the shine a light on the hypocrisy of assimilation and they allow us to reveal our own unique light. We are given permission to live without apology, from those who have defied the oppressive demands to blend in and conform.
Conformity makes others feel safe because it simplifies the world into neat, comfortable categories. Conformity perpetuates a lie and conformity is ultimately what will force us to die a little with each passing day.
So, my desire, with this series of reflections, is to acknowledge and celebrate the lives and achievements of our predecessors.
Who do you count as a Hero or SHEro? LGBTQIA or Straight-Allie?
Let me know and possibly have them featured on Your Gay News in the near future.
Biographies, achievements, impact, quotes…let’s celebrate all that is great about those who got us to where we are today and maybe even those who are getting us even further up the food chain today.
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