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Gay Role Models and Heroes

Postby MoRutherford » Mon Dec 17, 2007 2:27 am

Hey all

Was having a recent discussion with a friend who is gay and he complained about there not being any good gay role models or heroes. I started to think of a list of famous gay people, but whether they are role models or not does come to question.

Freddie Mercury (of Queen)
Michael Stipe (of R.E.M.)
Bryan Singer (director)
Oscar Wilde (author/playwright)
Maynard James Keenan (of Tool, though may not be gay, but there's definitely something going on there -- I have a live performance of them performing a song referencing anal sex, and there's a man undressing on stage while Maynard pinches and rubs his nipple.)

I know I could think of more, but then it gets in to more celebrities. Please add more, but keeping in mind how well of a role model they are. Though some of these above I can't wholly speak for.
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Postby gvtire » Mon Dec 17, 2007 11:26 am

Raymond Burr (Actor: Perry Mason, Ironside)
Amanda Bearse (Actress: Married With Childern & Director)
Randy Shilts (Author: And The Band Played On)
Jodie Foster (Actress)
Janis Ian (Singer: At 17)
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Postby blackmet » Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:59 pm

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Postby Texas_Thang » Mon Dec 17, 2007 11:53 pm

Out of the current crop of celebrities... John Barrowman is must current "hero" du jour.

Out, outspoken, and famous.
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Postby devilnuts » Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:39 am

George Takei!!! Although I do have to include Stipe and Foster up there, Takei is my #1. I mean, THIS was just hilarious. I think it was a great example to all the GLBT community that words don't have power over you if you don't let them.
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Postby Texas_Thang » Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:43 am

Oh I'd forgotten Sulu. ;)
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Postby furface » Tue Dec 18, 2007 9:36 pm

k.d.lang (singer)
Chad Allen (actor/activist)
Neil Patrick Harris (actor)
Sir Ian McKellen (actor)
Peter Jackson (director/producer)
Jasmyne Cannick (writer/activist)
Gary Studds (politician & activist, dec.)
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Postby devilnuts » Tue Dec 18, 2007 9:58 pm

furface wrote:Peter Jackson (director/producer)


Just read on the news a bit ago that he is going to be doing The Hobbit. That should be intesting. It was the only story of Tolkein's that I really enjoyed.
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Postby gvtire » Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:34 pm

Martina Navratilova (Sports: Tennis Grand Slam Champ)
Greg Louganis (Sports: Olympic Diving Gold Medal Winner)
Mark Bingham (Victim of 9/11)
Dr. Tom Waddell (Co-Founder of the Gay Games)

And if we include transgenders:

Renee Richards (Sports: First Trasnsgender to play in one of the Grand Slam tennis tournaments)
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Postby Westwood » Wed Dec 19, 2007 11:38 pm

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Postby Texas_Thang » Wed Dec 19, 2007 11:41 pm

The late Mark Bingham, one of the heroes of Flight 93.
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Postby batty » Sat Dec 29, 2007 1:11 am

MoRutheford, I guess you raise an interesting question in that whether or not, in this day and age, merely being a public personality who is openly gay is enough to earn the title of "gay role model" (Btw, I remember in Journalism school they discouraged the use of the phrase "openly gay" because it could bring the assumption of actively flaunting one's sexual orientation)

I believe it still holds true, being out and in the public eye is still something worthy of respect and inspiration; knowing that, like vultures circling above, tabloids will savour that juicy gossip, political opponents will grab that opportunity, teammates or fellow athletes will have a field day.

That being said, the first name that came to mind when I thought of a famous gay public personality was .. Jim McGreevey :? :? not so much of a role model eh?
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Postby Earl Butz » Sat Dec 29, 2007 6:36 am

Gee the first guy I always think of is....Richard Simmons!! Not sure he ever formally came out, but let's face it.....he's gayer than a picnic basket!!

Elton John
George Michael
Ellen Degeneres
Melissa Etheridge
Barney Frank
T.R. Knight
Clay Aiken
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Postby selective_soldier » Sat Dec 29, 2007 2:52 pm

I think there are more gay positive influences than people give them credit for. To me it would depend on why an individual would consider them a hero.

Would they have to be "out" to be a recognized role model?
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How about the ones we know are gay, but we understand their circumstance and why they can't be out?
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& there's always the str8 actor playing a gay role
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As for me, if there were any person I would consider leaning in the direction of a hero/role model, would be a recent story found in this forum in the military section.
December 27, 2007
Sergeant Darren Manzella, Featured on 60 Minutes, Visits Washington for January 8 Media Briefing
WHAT: Army Sergeant Darren Manzella, an openly gay medic featured on the December 16 edition of CBS News 60 Minutes, will visit Washington and talk with reporters about his experience serving under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and his work with Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN).

WHO: Sergeant Manzella will be joined in Washington by Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of SLDN.

WHY: Sergeant Manzella reported to CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl that he has served openly during much of his time in the Army, with the full support of his colleagues and command. SLDN reports that a growing number of service members are also serving openly without incident. The organization is aware of more than 500 troops who say they are ‘out’ to their colleagues and, in some cases, their commands, and have come out without incident. Manzella will join SLDN to talk about changing attitudes in the armed forces, and his experience serving openly, despite “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

WHEN: Tuesday, January 8, 2008 @ 9:30am

WHERE: Lisagor Room at the National Press Club
529 14th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

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Postby chidiver » Sun Dec 30, 2007 5:15 pm

I agree that Mark Bingham is a role model to be proud of:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Bingham
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Postby mmm19500591mmm » Mon Dec 31, 2007 3:54 am

my gay hero is Rob Halford!

he is the singer for Judas Priest the greatest band of all time
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Postby jpaul74 » Mon Dec 31, 2007 11:32 am

devilnuts wrote:George Takei!!! Although I do have to include Stipe and Foster up there, Takei is my #1. I mean, THIS was just hilarious. I think it was a great example to all the GLBT community that words don't have power over you if you don't let them.


Takei was at the head of the Pride Parade in Chicago in '06. When I saw him drive by was when I first found out he is gay. :o

Michael Stipe of course is wonderful. And judging from their new songs on youtube, he's become my greatest gay hero.

This website is pretty inspirational:
http://gayinfo.tripod.com/
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Postby Laiku » Sat Jan 19, 2008 6:29 am

Who are most of these people?
I barely heard of half of them.
The only ones I would agree, that they could by role modely are Singer, MCKellen and Jackson, but only because of their work.
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Postby kyrio » Tue Feb 12, 2008 1:17 am

I choose Mark Westlife ^-^
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Postby Laiku » Wed Feb 13, 2008 10:07 am

Not the best, but very far from the worst :?
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Postby Kingsley_Shackelbolt » Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:11 am

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Postby nolula » Sat Mar 01, 2008 1:28 pm

furface wrote:k.d.lang (singer)
Chad Allen (actor/activist)
Neil Patrick Harris (actor)
Sir Ian McKellen (actor)
Peter Jackson (director/producer)
Jasmyne Cannick (writer/activist)
Gary Studds (politician & activist, dec.)




wait, magneto is gay????? wow, this is a big shocker to me. but it actually makes me happy to have someone like him gay.
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Postby hello123 » Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:57 pm

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Postby devilnuts » Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:08 pm

hello123 wrote:Alan Turing


How in the hell did I forget about this one? :wink:
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Postby Screamer » Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:27 pm

A role model would for me be more like someone I know, but I'll grant that doesn't make for the easiest discussion. And I don't mean to say anything wrong with Quentin Crisp or whomever.

This may only be a rumor (rumor alert!) but I read something referring to Yasujiro Ozu as gay. Tokyo Story could be the greatest movie ever and it would be cool if it were made by a homo. If not, there's still Visconti who adapted the Leopard. But I've no idea if either of them ought to be emulated personally. I was only interested in the movies...
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