Three cheers for Nathan Lane! I guess he hasn't exactly inspired me because I can't act(both literally and mentally), but he's really cool. There's speculation that Shakespeare was queer, since a lot of his sonnets were written to guys, not that that says much from my point of view. I'd call him a role model. I think I saw a list somewhere of all these famous people who were queer, of course now I can't remember it. Me and my too-small brain.
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There were some early feminists that were queer. The author of "The Yellow Wallpaper" short story was one of them, but her name escapes me. I think Christina Rosetti was great, but I'm unsure if she was queer.
In more recent times, I'd say Angelina Jolie, Rupert Evrett & Drew Barrymore are three people who have gone to the top, and not tried to hide their sexuality in any way. The same could be said of Elton John.
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hey, i'd just like to apologise for yesterdays post. perhaps a little too much information for some. oopsie. but wow... oh and i just found what looks to be a great website. not exactly to do with this thread, and i just got there so i haven't relly checked it out properly yet, but theres loadsa vey nice rock and roll type ladies. it is: www.absolutedivas.comPosts: 29 | From: London, England | Registered: Jul 2001
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This isn't really a person that I admire, more like a few characters. (I don't know thier orientations in real life), anyway, there's an Australian drama about a bunch of 20somethings in Melbourne called the Secret Life of Us. I don't know if it's made it outside the country yet, but anyone in Australia, I urge u to catch this one (repeats on channel Ten Mon&Tues 8:30). There are 2 gay characters, Richie and Simon, (they're not a couple). Richie goes thru a rocky coming out period, telling his g/f Miranda etc etc, and Simon's out, very comfortable, with an excellent dry wit. As far as realistic portrayals go, it's the closest I've seen so far.
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Well, if I can put myself at risk of looking like a great big suck-up, I would have to say that the bi-sexual 'role model' who has been most influential in my life is our very own boardmom...Miz Scarlet, AKA Heather Corinna. Maybe not universally famous, but certainly something of a celbrity around here.
I doubt that I'd be half as knowledgable about sexuality and comfortable with my own if it wasn't for this site, and her part in it. It seems odd that someone the other side of the world who I'll probably never meet has changed me and helped me so much. Almost everything that I read of hers inspires me in some way, and I think that's pretty damn rare (especially considering that I am an exteremely stubborn 16 year old who doesn't wish to be inspired/influenced/changed by anyone).
So, she's definitely one of my 'role-models'/heroines, and I'm honestly not saying that to win brownie points. I will now be running off to find some money to donate in an effort to support her wonderful work.
Wow, that sounded like sucking up. But it aint, it came from the heart.
------------------ You wanna save humanity, it's just the people you can't stand-John Lennon
Witness the infinite justice of the new century. Civilians starving to death whilst waiting to be killed.
I'm with Kathryn...Melissa Ethridge all the way. I've always kind of seen her as the 'mother' of all lesbians. I suppose I like her because she isn't stereotypical and she seems pretty cool. Okay...So she is hot as well. That's just a bonus though
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What a buncha big sweeties I have here! Thank yoiu guys. You made me all weepy, BJade.
You know, I was trying to think of who MY GLBT role models were growing up, and you know, I couldn't thinnk of a single one off the top of my head who was a celebrity, rather than someone I knew in life (My 7th grade social studies teacher who also taught me yoga early in the mornings before school would be top on that list in the early--influences group).
I think a lot of the musicians that I idolized were very pansexual (Bowie, Jagger, Annie Lennox in the early days, Lour Reed, Billy Bragg, etc.) but it wasn't very clear and it was far more general. except for Boy George. Really, he was out, queer and just bloody fabulous. Still is, bless'im. So hey! Look how lucky you are to have so many people to look up to in that respect! Neat!
What about Rosie O'Donnell? I love how she took an interest in that Florida gay couple. They have a number of children that they've cared for their whole lives, yet they're not allowed to adopt them because their gay. This whole situation basically outted her, and I think she's just so amazing and brave.
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A whole lotta folks are gonna disagree with me on this one, but I really dig Andrew Sullivan and Tammy Bruce. Both are openly gay political writers. Mr. Sullivan's work can be found in Time Magazine from time to time as well as many other publications and Ms. Bruce used to lead NOW in Los Angeles and have her own talk radio show.
And no-one has written about a transsexual role model yet...
One of my GLBT role-models is a fellow New Zealander. She is Georgina Beyer. She is Maori and a former sex-worker, broadcaster and actor.
She is a MTF transsexual who underwent a full sex change operation in 1984.
In 1995, she became the first transsexual in the world to become a mayor.
In 1999, she became the first transsexual in the world to be elected as a member of Parliament. She served as an MP in the NZ parliament until retiring in 2007.
What an inspiring lady- "What are the chances that a former prostitute could be elected a Member of Parliament, or of any parliament in the world, and what if that person were also a transsexual, the odds may seem insurmountable, but I am reported to be the world's first transsexual to hold such a position."
I would like to mention an almost unknown person, Lynn Conway in the trans category. Ms. Conway's work, first at IBM then at Xerox PARC, made high speed computing possible. Without her work, we would have no internet and thusly, no Scarleteen.
Bobolink, i read your link- Ms Conway does sound like someone who is not only very accomplished in her field, but a strong person who openly supports other TG people.
Its interesting, looking at her photo initially, I never would have picked her as being TG.
And yeah, Georgina Beyer is amazing. There was a documentary made about her in 2002 called 'Georgie Girl'. It went to a few GLBT film festivals.
She said once in an interview that she had never experienced prejudice from her parliamentary colleagues, even the conservative ones. That if anything, there had been more a sense of respect that against all the odds she had managed to make these sorts of achievements. And that makes me proud too, it makes me feel like we're making progress.
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Oscar Wilde. In an alternate universe where I was male and Lord Alfred Dougless didn't exist (or I pushed him off a cliff as an infant...either one), we would have been passionate lovers.
But on a more serious note, as a young writer, nobody has inspired me more. Wilde is the only writer who can bring tears to my eyes just for the sheer beauty of the language he uses. He had a talent that I haven't found in anyone else. He was an amazingly brilliant man.
Also, despite many of his life choices being morally questionable, I have to admire how he lived his life. He had had the courage to be himself in a society that wouldn't allow it, even though it ultimately destroyed him.
Also, Tony Kushner has inspired me a lot. Reading Angels in America got me to start playing around with writing dramatic scripts of my own, and I even won some awards for it. So, that's neat.
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I can't do a complete list, but some of mine are/have been:
Heather, definitely. Susie Bright, Patrick Califia, James Baldwin, Alison Bechdel, Michael Cunningham, Daniel Mendelsohn, Judith Butler, John Boswell, Lillian Faderman, Patricia Highsmith, Mirah, Ani DiFranco, The Indigo Girls, Tracy Chapman, Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney and Michael Stipe.
Peaches, Allen Ginsberg, Sarah Dougher, Kay Ryan, David Sedaris, Tilda Swinton, John Cameron Mitchell, Sophie B. Hawkins, Tori Amos, Leisha Hailey, Lisa Cholodenko, Phyllis Christopher, Ellen DeGeneres, Alfred Kinsey, Carol Queen, Betty Dodson, Tristan Taormino, Shine Louise Houston, Octavia Butler
Alan Cumming, Beth Ditto, Russel T. Davies, Antony Hegarty (of Antony and the Johnsons and Hercules and Love Affair), Rufus Wainwright, Betty Dodson, Michael Stipe, Courtney Love, Margaret Cho, Patrick Wolf, Shirley Manson, Kunihiko Ikuhara, Pet Shop Boys, Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
Miz Scarlet, aka Heather Corinna, is also a role model.
Dave Grohl gets an honorary mention for all that androgynous dressing up.
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Mostly, I'm inspired by how these people have created lives which are in alignment with their values. Heather's a big example of that for me.
Most of them are role models for me because of how they're able to communicate reality as they see it. They have a sort of intelligence and clarity that I really admire. There's a quote of Alison Bechdel's that I have written down in the back of my notebook that summarizes what I respect about these people: "Looking at the world and working to see what's actually there, not just what you expect to see, is a political act."
Also, for a lot of them, it's about how they look physically (gorgeous, strong, queer). Butch women in particular are role models for me.
Thinking about this I added some more names to my list, but I know I'm leaving out a bunch. There are a lot of famous queer people where I've only seen one of their essays/poems/stories/paintings/photographs or even just seen a single photograph of them, which has expanded my ideas about how I can be in the world.
It's feeling overwhelming trying to describe why exactly each one of these people are role models, so I'll just give a general idea of what they do. For some of them I'll note a work they've done which has been particularly significant for me.
Heather Corinna - Scarleteen founder/writer/sex educator/activist/artist Susie Bright - writer/sexpert/sex educator Patrick Califia - writer/BDSM activist/trans activist - "Public Sex" and a bunch of his erotica James Baldwin - writer - "Giovanni's Room" Alison Bechdel - writer/cartoonist Michael Cunningham - writer - "The Hours" Daniel Mendelsohn - writer/critic - I haven't followed him for a while, but in 9th or 10th grade I drooled over his reviews in the New York Review of Books and wanted to be him. Judith Butler - queer theorist - "Gender Trouble" John Boswell - writer/historian - "Same Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe" Lillian Faderman - writer/historian Patricia Highsmith - writer - "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (and sequels) Mirah - musician Ani DiFranco- musician The Indigo Girls - band Tracy Chapman - musician Bikini Kill - band Sleater-Kinney -band Michael Stipe - musician Peaches - musician Allen Ginsberg - poet - "Howl" Sarah Dougher - musician/professor/involved with Rock and Roll Camp for Girls Kay Ryan - the current poet laureate of the US Tilda Swinton - actor/openly poly (also has one of the best names ever) John Cameron Mitchell - director and actor Sophie B. Hawkins - musician Tori Amos - musician Leisha Hailey - musician/actor Lisa Cholodenko - director - "High Art" and "Laurel Canyon" are two favorite movies of mine Phyllis Christopher - photographer - It's not just Christopher's work, but "Nothing But The Girl: The Blatant Lesbian Image" had a big effect on me. Ellen DeGeneres - actor/comedian/celebrity/icon Alfred Kinsey - sex researcher Carol Queen - writer/sex educator/sexologist - "The Leather Daddy and the Femme" Betty Dodson - writer/sex educator/artist Tristan Taormino - writer/sex educator/creates porn from both sides of the camera Shine Louise Houston - maker of indie queer porn Octavia Butler - writer - I don't think she ever came out, but I'm virtually positive it was common knowledge she was a lesbian. "Lilith's Brood" Margaret Cho - comedian Coco Peru - comedian Adrienne RIch - poet Armistead Maupin - writer Lynn Breedlove - musician/writer Scott Thompson - comedian/actor E.M. Forster - writer - "Maurice" Virginia Woolf- writer - "A Room of One's Own" Lily Tomlin - comedian/actor Kate Clinton - comedian Christopher Dallman - musician Shar Rednour and Jackie Strano - porn makers Elizabeth Bishop - poet Big Mama Thornton - musician Melissa Etheridge - musician Peter Cashorali - writer - If you want to read something that always makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside, check out "The Ugly Duckling" in "Fairy Tales: Traditional Tales Retold for Gay Men." Bessie Smith - musician Frances Faye - musician Girlyman - band Kris Kovick - cartoonist Leslie Feinberg - writer/activist
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