As a celebration of pride, I want to honor those who have worked tirelessly for the LGBTQ community in helping shape the way people perceive it. In the wake of Orlando’s Pulse Club Massacre, our country opened its eyes even wider to the violence and mistreatment of the community as a whole. An important group within the LGBTQ community that have been lasting figures, drag queens, have helped usher in a new world of acceptance and love. We thank those Queens for giving us happiness when it seems dark and gloomy. They offer hope when there doesn't seem to be any at times. Today, many drag queens have reached celebrity status, and that's thanks to RuPaul. Unless you’ve grown up on a deserted island or lived under a rock, you know who RuPaul is. And if you don’t… there is something called Google, do yourself a favor and look her up. Since RuPaul created RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2008, there have been 100 queens, 8 seasons, 3 spin-offs (All Stars, Drag U, and Gay for Play) all of which have helped and nurtured lesser know talent to become stars in their own right. So instead of celebrating famous actors and athletes that have come out in the past, we celebrate the underdogs of the community that have had a bigger impact on helping the world see a different, more fabulous side to the LGBTQ spectrum.
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?Thou art more lovely and more temperate...
There comes a moment in life for some when the realization hits that you're way too fabulous for everyone else—more talented and fierce than all the nauseating kids in your class, and of course, you were destined to leave the monotony of your suburban existence behind and become the star you were meant to be. But there was one problem, that fierceness got suffocated by your parents, teachers, and anyone else that didn't "get it." What's a kid to do? For many the solution was: Divine. Hollywood's First Drag Superstar Harris Glenn Milstead, aka Divine, helped many live out their fantasies of living that outrageous life they had always dreamt of. He helped define and pave the way for a generation to come.
We're here. We're queer. Get used to it because it's the 21st century people! In this ever changing world we live in we need to stay informed, especially when learning to adapt in a culture and society that is rapidly changing. We live in a time where LGBTQ issues and topics are on the global forefront. The millennial generation, which consists of probably the most diverse and most accepting individuals of any generation yet, deserves a big shout out for their social engineering to get the LGBTQ word out via social media. Staying informed is imperative for our culture to progress and sustain. We must learn from history and use that to change today's problems. Eventually, minds and attitudes will change with the tide. Thanks to Twitter, many can use a 140-character social tool to spread their message to a global audience. Oftentimes, it's a more powerful tool than the news, as the mainstream news doesn't always report on issues such as transgender inequality, gay marriage, homophobia, or LGBTQ pop culture news. These LGBTQ groups are on the front line helping shape a new generation and defend LGBTQ rights worldwide. #LoveIsLove
As a divorced woman in my thirties, I have witnessed my fair share of injustices. For example, my husband stopped being attracted to me after I couldn’t lose the baby weight from having our son and I wasn’t awarded full custody because I was unemployed. I have bounced back from my divorce and I am comfortably well-off, with a good job, and liberated enough not to have to take alimony from my ex-husband. Even though those points in my life were some of the lowest, I find it difficult to complain about it. For most people around the world, marriage is something that can never be achieved, never mind getting a divorce.
Throughout history there has been a strict rule of thumb, men are men and women are women. But in the early 1970s, Rock and Roll musicians broke that rule when they dipped their toes into the glittery waters of glam androgyny. Traditionally, Rock has always been on the cutting edge of cool and has characteristically been a patriarchal dominant genre. That tradition changed with Glam Rock. It ushered in a new generation of people breaking social and sexual norms by embracing femininity.
One of the most annoying things in the world is hearing a word or phrase and realizing you have no clue what it means, especially when you're out with LGBTQ friends. Sometimes it can be frustrating to feel left out of the convo. As a gay man, I’ve used and heard slang that most heterosexuals wouldn’t recognize if it slapped them in the face. Believe me, I’ve had plenty of blank stares when I’ve used them. Even worse, too many people who don’t properly understand what the slang means use it in a negative way, often as a way to attack the LGBTQ community. But don’t fret, it’s time to get informed. With my help, you can be in the know when it comes to LGBTQ speak.
I watched three girls make out at an all-exclusive sexually charged event. And yes, I would watch it again.