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Of queens and princesses
I had a heated exchange last week over whether my queen, Lady Gaga, takes advantage of the gay community, the pink dollar, and our total obsession and complete devotion towards pop divas for her own gain.
We gays are a lucrative market. When it comes to performers we like something different and sometimes totally outrageous.
But always we demand quality.
Madonna, Dolly Parton, Cher, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Kylie Minogue, Beyonce, Cyndi Lauper, Pink, Katy Perry — the list literally goes on.
All of these divas got to where they are by appealing to the gays in one way or another, whether it be through their art or through activism.
And while some may view this negatively, maybe even pessimistically, I welcome their contribution to our community and to our activism however small and for whatever alternative reasoning they may have.
Some divas, like Madonna and Kylie, are credited with incorporating LGBTIQ people, trends and symbols into their art.
Others aim to raise visibility of LGBTIQ issues like Katy Perry with music video Firework and Nicki Minaj teaming up with M.A.C to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS.
But when a diva really shines is when she breaks away from her art and takes the time to speak out on an issue of her own accord, when she rallies behind the people rather than having people rally behind her.
All the aforementioned divas have spoken out, but the one who has had the biggest effect on me is Lady Gaga.
She marched in the 2009 National Equality March and became a true activist in the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’.
I have faith it’s not for the money and that these divas really believe in what they do and say.
Either way, in this fight for liberty and equality that so desperately needs visibility, leaders and numbers — we win!