Being gay is hip with straight 30-somethings. Genderqueer is in. Provincetown is cool. Ft. Lauderdale is hot.
Anne Hathaway and James Franco made sure that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people were well represented at the Oscars. In their opening monologue, the 29-year-old actress talked about the big presence of lesbians, with the films The Kids are Alright and Black Swan in contention for awards. Later, when Hathaway was cross-dressed in a tuxedo, the 32-year-old Franco appeared in Marilyn Monroe drag. Billions of people in the world saw him in a blond wig smiling.
Our 33-year-old, straight, Wall Street nephew sends us regular e-mails regarding gay and transgender issues. His wife is trying to get me into her firm to do diversity training with executives on gay and transgender issues. They both love spending the 4th of July in Provincetown with us.
Some straight 30-somethings are hipper with being gay than some gay 30-somethings are. In the latest issue of Out magazine, the editor explained they couldn’t get one young, out gay actor to agree to be featured in their Hollywood-themed edition. Instead, a straight actor who plays a gay character on Glee got the front cover. Aaron Hicklin, the editor, explained with frustration, "It’s the dirty secret of Hollywood that even gay actors have to measure their appearances in gay media, because gay is tough enough. But too gay is deadly." Are we sure of that? Read more…