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My big gay post

My college friend Beth Stroud lost her case on appeal and has been officially defrocked from the United Methodist Church for being gay. I think she's very courageous. And her case has opened some minds, even if the outcome wasn't what she wanted.

About the same time that I learned that George Takei (Sulu from Star Trek) came out as gay. And I just shake my head when people wonder why it's a big deal. It's still a big deal to be a gay Asian male. How many do you know who are out? In fact how male celebs do you know who are out who aren't basically retired? I know... um George Michael. And he was always singing about sex.

I can't think of a single female Asian celeb who's out as lesbian or bi. Maybe I'm just not up on my celebs. I'm not exactly a celeb follower. But what I do know is the number of known lesbigay celebs is not anywhere near 10%.

I wish it wasn't such a big deal. But we still live in a world where being queer still has serious negative consquences.


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Jan. 13th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
Kathleen said...

The comedian Margaret Cho is out as bisexual, I believe. There's also at least one other well-known gay male Asian actor; the name isn't coming to me right now. The article about gay actors that Jed recently linked to discussed him.

As for non-Asians, there are a number. Sir Ian McKellan and Rupert Everett come to mind immediately. Of course they are both British; maybe that makes their gayness more "acceptable" to American minds.

Not to say that this isn't a big deal. Maybe it shouldn't be, but I agree with you that it is.

11/03/2005 10:32:33 PM

Batshua said...

Just because it's interestingish trivia, I'm living in the room Ms. Stroud lived in during her senior year.

11/04/2005 06:26:33 AM

R said...

Thanks for the link to Beth's site. As a non-practicing Methodist, I am very disappointed in the stance the church has taken on this issue. This is one of many reasons I don't actively practice the faith I was raised in. I hope that the support of her home church helps to continue to raise this issue to the greater community.

11/04/2005 08:04:54 AM
Thida said...

I'd forgotten about Margaret Cho. Thanks for reminding me. Glad we have at least one!

Batshua, that's cool!

R, I hope so too! I definitely think the case has raised a lot of good debate and discussion within the church.

11/04/2005 04:08:48 PM
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