Politics, pop-culture, & the gay evolution

May 21, 2012 @ 8:53 am | By TheFeministGriote | 5 Comments

On May 9, 2012 President Obama stated, “I’ve just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” For those of us who follow politics on a consistent basis we weren’t the least bit shocked at by President Obama’s admission.This administration has been very progressive and inclusive of the LGBTQ community. President Obama hired Jeremy Bernard an openly gay man as the Social White House Secretary making him the first openly gay man to hold such a position. That move by President Obama is a far cry from Mitt Romney. Romney hired Richard Grenell an openly gay man to help him with his foreign policy, but Richard Grenell was mercilessly hounded by right-wing extremist. Those vicious taunts led to his early resignation. Mitt Romney didn’t openly defend his hiring of Richard Grenell, instead he opted to remain eerily quiet on the matter. In other words he was okay with Richard Grenell being bullied, sound familiar?

President Obama has also hired a transwoman Amanda Sampson as the Senior Technical Advisor for the commerce department. This administration has stopped defending and upholding DOMA, so it came as no shocker to me when President Obama expounded on his evolution on same sex marriage.

Since President Obama has come full circle on the subject of same sex marriage, there have been some very interesting supporters, who agree with the President’s sentiment. Jay-Z recently commented to CNN:

 ”I’ve always thought it as something that was still holding the country back. What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination, plain and simple.”

Floyd Mayweather also weighed in on the subject by tweeting his support for the President on his gay marriage stance. Two men who I never really thought would be so “cool,” on the issue of ‘the gays.’ I think the most shocking evolution came from non other than Beenie Man, who has actually posted a video apologizing, for his anti-gay lyrics. That is a news worthy evolution!

With that said, the NAACP just voted on May 19 to endorse same sex marriage. The NAACP’s endorsement of same sex marriage is also not surprising, they’re in fact a civil rights group, and therefore, it makes sense for them to endorse a civil right’s issue! After all there are queer people of color the two are not mutually exclusive.

With everyone talking about same sex issues and the rights of LGBTQ persons, I am still not fully satisfied, with where the conversation is going. As a lover of pop-culture, I would love to see Beyonce, Rihanna, and Niki Minaj come out and support same sex issues, and all issues that plague the LGBTQ community. There is no question that these ladies music and style is heavily influenced by gay culture and that gay culture is also influenced by these pop-stars.

After all when Bey says, “snap for the kids” we know exactly who she is referring to. Interesting that Beyonce’s husband has verbalized his support, but not Bey herself. Minaj and RiRi definitely like to give the allure that they can be swayed into bisexuality with their risque lyrics and well photographed girl-on-girl antics, but yet and still those antics never translate into political action.

Lady Gaga is truly the quintessential pop-star. She is using her platform to validate and affirm her LGBTQ fans. Gaga belts out music that supports all identities, lobbied for same sex marriage in New York, spoke out against DADT, and started a non-profit Born This Way, that empowers youth to become their authentic selves despite the societal pressures to conform.

Gaga is not simply  pandering to her LGBTQ fans she is making them her priority!

I definitely understand that I am projecting my expectations and politics unto Minaj, RiRi, and Bey, but I am okay with this. Whenever I have the pleasure of watching a drag show, the go-to contemporary gay icon that is always being channeled, is Bey.

I know that when it comes to world issues and politics we have no idea where Beyonce stands on those issues, and for the most part that is okay with me. But I think in this age, where America is on the precipice of major change, it would be nice to hear Bey, and her cohort pledge their support to their core demographic.

I am fully aware that RiRi, Minaj, and Bey coming out verbally in support of the LGBTQ community will not suddenly better the lot of LGBTQ people in this country, I am not delusional. But what it would say is that these women care about the humanity of all of their fans and not just their pockets.

What do you think?


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5 Responses to “ Politics, pop-culture, & the gay evolution ”

  1. The thing is the reason why you know what Jay-Z thinks of gay marriage is because he was asked about it in an interview. I am a fan of both him and his wife so I read/watch a lot of their interviews, and while they are both: powerful celebrities, music icons, entrepreneurs and supporters of Obama, the kind of questions they are asked are completely different. Jay-Z is always asked about what he thinks of the state of the economy, the state of the music industry, what he thinks of Obama’s presidency…ect. Beyonce is repeatedly asked about what kind of skin products she uses and what diet she is on. Jay-Z is seen as this wise, thoughtful man -as evidenced by his achievements- who’s opinions are worth knowing, while Beyonce is simply seen as an attractive celebrity regardless of her achievements.
    So you have to take that into consideration, that the respect the media gives men is far superior to the respect they give women.

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