This morning, checking birthdays on the IMDb, I noticed a sidebar showing a list of "Gay actors." I clicked on it, to see if there were any surprises. There weren't.
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What struck me as interesting, tho, is how far the Gay community has come in just a few decades. Once upon a time, being openly Gay was basically the kiss of death, and performers especially -- yes, even Liberace -- would sue newspapers and magazines that said they were, even if they were!*
The list was interesting, in that it pretty thoroughly shattered the persistent stereotype of Gay men being effeminate. Oh, sure, some on the list very much fell into the "Well, duh!" category, but many more were big, studly, masculine figures. Gosh, could it be that homosexuals inhabit many different physical types, just like everybody else?
There were one or two "unconfirmed sightings" that sort of belonged to the "They're Famous So We Claim Them" category, but mostly I felt the whole thing was a positive. "We're Queer and we're here!" Bravo!
Next step, of course, will be when it doesn't matter, either way. THEN we'll finally see homosexuals, male and female, achieve true equality. Looking forward to that day!
* Liberace famously sued a London columinst who called himsefl "Casandra," after the Greek heroine who could predict the future but not be believed. Liberace won his case, and a substantial settlement. When Liberace's homosexuality was confirmed, decades later, "Casandra" asked "Can I have my money back, now?"