June 19, 2007
Boinkology Top Ten: Gays in the Media

As you’re probably aware, June is Gay Pride Month. To show our gay pride, we’re having Gay Week over at Boinkology: from Monday to Friday, it’s all gay posts, all the gay time.

Remember when Ellen came out? Remember how it was a huge deal, because being gay (or at least out) and in the public eye was pretty rare?

It’s now ten years later and gays in the media are (thankfully) a lot more common than they once were. Though they’re far from being everywhere you look, they’re not that hard to find (they even have shows devoted to them!). In honor of that achievement, here’s a list of Boinkology’s favorite gays in the media:


10. JOHN WATERS Not only has he made some of the greatest movies of all time, he’s also probably the only person in the whole wide world capable of making me want to move to Baltimore. Oh, and, he hosts this show. I’ve never seen it, but the concept alone is, like, +100 cool points.


9. SAM CHAMPION It’s always nice to see gay people in jobs that have absolutely nothing to do with them being gay: like, say, being the weather anchor of Good Morning America. If that alone isn’t enough to make you adore Sam Champion, check out this video.


8. TRISTAN TAORMINO Back when I was a budding, young, queercurious lass of seventeen, Ms. Taormino and her Voice column taught me about butt sex, dildos that look like Jesus, queer sex parties, and a whole lot of other things. She’s probably not the reason why I got so interested in sex, but she sure taught me a lot.


7. GEORGE TAKEI This is the part where I admit that I like Star Trek. But even if I didn’t, George Takei would totally be on this list, both for having an awesome voice, and for being an out and proud gay Asian (because if there’s one thing as rare as gays in the media, it’s Asians in the media — and gay Asians? My goodness!).


6. TED ALLEN Of all the queers of Queer Eye, Ted was always my favorite. Not only was he not a giant gay stereotype (sorry, Carson!), he was also the food guy (and thus provided me with the advice that I was most likely to use). Oh, and those glasses! I recently learned where Ted Allen lives: it is taking a whole lot of restraint to keep me from going out to Brooklyn and stalking him.


5. ALISON BECHDEL First she created Dykes to Watch Out For, a comic strip about, well, dykes to watch out for. Then she wrote Fun Home, a “tragicomic” graphic novel about her childhood in a funeral home (and with a closeted dad, to boot). Pretty awesome.


4. TONY KUSHNER I cannot express how much I adore “Angels in America”: it’s quite possibly one of the most amazing plays I’ve ever seen. Add to that Kushner’s amazing, thought provoking essays and fabulous speeches (and a whole bunch of other amazing plays) and it’s pretty hard not to like him. The year after I graduated Columbia, Tony Kushner spoke at graduation. It was the only time I wished I’d taken an extra year to finish college.


3. ARIEL SCHRAG I went to college with Ariel Schrag (we even took L&R together). She probably doesn’t remember me, but I still think it’s pretty cool that she’s put out some amazing comics (many done while still in high school) and managed to get a job writing for “The L Word.”


2. DAN SAVAGE For me, Dan Savage is like the male counterpart to Tristan Taormino (which is only partly because their columns are right next to each other in the Voice). Who else is going to teach me about sounds, adult breastfeeding, and dolphin sex? Who else is going to take revenge on asshole politicians by making their names synonymous with a gross byproduct of anal sex? No one, that’s who.


1. GAY ROBOT He’s gay. And a robot. And sure, he has questionable taste in men, but don’t we all?

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  • Viviane says :

    Alison is on LJ.

  • Chris H says :

    At some point, Savage started to really bore me; it seems that his column far too often is focused on what a rude, “politically incorrect” badass he can be. I think Susie Bright or Carol Queen should’ve gotten props before him, but then I’m kind of a San Francisco boy, even if I’m living in Brooklyn. We all have our own list.

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