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Gay Iconography: What You Said In 2014

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When I started writing Gay Iconography in late 2013, I hoped to explore why some celebrities and artists held mass appeal — not to be confused with universal appeal, mind you — within the gay community. Over time, what began as a light-hearted feature celebrating these stars with a few YouTube clips became a lightning rod of conversation and, shall we say, spirited debate.

The original premise, as stated in the early posts, was to “present a proposed iconic figure or character and then ask you to weigh in with your thoughts.” The second half of the stated mission — asking you to weigh in with your thoughts — is what’s made it most interesting for me.

This year, the first full calendar year of the column, Gay Iconography has received more than 1,300 comments (and, yes, I read them all). I thought it would be interesting to look back at lessons learned from these conversations and see if we’re any closer to recognizing what draws some of us to these cultural cornerstones.

The conversation may not have always been nuanced (and, of course, it did occasionally devolve into name-calling and flamewars like any comments section on the Internet), but there have been some surprising revelations. For example, while I had expected some controversial choices like Queen Latifah and Donna Summer to be met with criticism, and I could have anticipated younger picks like Robyn or Frank Ocean to be easily dismissed, I was still surprised to see people deny the impact of, say, Cher, Madonna or Dolly Parton. There’s always room to debate the merits of any one individual, but it seemed at times as if some folks aimed to refute the existence of a unique LGBT culture to represent at all.

However, looking back over the comments from this year, some trends do start to emerge as to what some might consider a gay icon. See some of the most prevailing ideas perpetuated in the comments and let us know if you agree, AFTER THE JUMP

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Cyndi Lauper Praises 50 Cent for 'Evolving' On LGBT Issues - VIDEO

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Cyndi Lauper says that 50 Cent is now a “good guy” despite encouraging gay people to commit suicide in 2010, reports Pink News.

The rapper - real name Curtis Jackson - tweeted at the time “If you a man and your over 25 and you don’t eat pu**y just kill yourself damn it. The world will be a better place.”

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In the same year, the rapper tweeted: “Perez Hilton calld [sic] me douchebag so I had my homie shoot up a gay wedding. wasnt his but still made me feel better.”

However, Jackson was added to the line-up this year for Cyndi Lauper’s annual True Colors Fund Home for the Holidays concert in support of homeless LGBT youth and in an interview with Buzzfeed, she said:

“50, god bless him – he’s a good guy.

“People evolve…that is what you have to leave yourself open for. You change the world when you change your mind.

“I want to inspire kids to show that they have hope.”

Watch Cyndi and Emily West perform “True Colors” at this year’s Home for the Holidays concert, which took place last weekend, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund Announces New Partnership to Fight LGBT Youth Homelessness

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Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund is embarking on a new partnership with homeless youth service provider Covenant House International to help fight the LGBT homeless youth epidemic.

Via press release:

Covenant House, which offers shelter to more than 1,900 homeless youth every night in 27 cities across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua is expanding the overall number of beds dedicated to homeless youth, including LGBT youth. The True Colors Fund is partnering with Covenant House to support and strengthen programs and services available for LGBT homeless youth served by Covenant House.

While LGBT youth make up only seven percent of the total youth population, they comprise up to 40 percent of all youth experiencing homelessness in America. Together, the True Colors Fund and Covenant House are committed to reversing this trend and providing help to homeless youth, many of whom become homeless after their families reject them because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“At the heart of the True Colors Fund's work is supporting service providers in ensuring the safest and most affirming care possible for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth experiencing homelessness. For us, partnering on this effort is a natural fit and speaks volumes about Covenant House's commitment to providing the best possible support to all youth,” said Cyndi Lauper, co-founder of the True Colors Fund. The partnership is beginning with Covenant House in New York City, and will expand to include other Covenant Houses in the US, Canada, and Latin America over the next year.

More information about the new partnership can be found here


50 Cent To Headline At Cyndi Lauper's LGBT Youth Benefit Concert

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The line up for Cyndi Lauper’s Home For the Holidays benefit concert have been announced and this year’s roster is shaping up to be rather interesting. For the past four years Lauper has produced the concert series in collaboration with her True Colors Fund, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about homeless, queer youth.

"I am astounded by the artists who continue to give of their time and talent each and every year and I am so excited by the line-up who are joining us in December,” Lauper exclaimed in a statement. “The concert plays such an important role in supporting the True Colors Fund's work to ensure that no young person is homeless again because of their sexual orientation or gender identity."

In addition to Salt-n-Pepa, Natalie Maines, and Sufjan Stevens, 50 Cent will lend his talents to this year’s show. Curtis Jackson, better known by his stage name, has a storied history of fending off rumors about his sexuality in addition to lashing out at the gay community.

In 2010 Jackson drew heat from Truth Wins Out over a series of tweets relating about oral sex that were interpreted as homophobic. Jackson suggested that men who do not perform oral sex on women should kill themselves, a message that particularly ill-timed considering that 19 year-old Tyler Clementi had recently killed himself after being publicly outed as gay.

“The other night I made a joke about a blow job,” Jackson explained. “My male followers enjoyed it. So I then went on to joke about women receiving the same.”

“[Somehow] they turned a simple joke about oral sex into a anti gay statement. I have nothing against people who choose and alternative life.”

In an interview with Playboy back in 2004, Jackson said:

"I ain't into fa**ots. I don't like gay people around me, because I'm not comfortable with what their thoughts are. I'm not prejudiced. I just don't go with gay people and kick it - we don't have that much in common. I'd rather hang out with a straight dude. But women who like women, that's cool."

Home For the Holidays will take place on December 6th.


Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper Team Up for 'Truly Brave' Mash Up: VIDEO

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To help riase money for the fight against pediatric cancer, Cyndi Lauper and Sara Bareilles teamed up for "Truly Brave" - a stirring mash up of their hits 'True Colors' and 'Brave.' 

Check out the music video, featuring young cancer patients from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Cyndi Lauper Explains the Sexual Inspiration Behind 'She Bop': VIDEOS

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In September 1984, Cyndi Lauper’s single “She Bop” reached number three on the U.S. Billboard’s Hot 100 — not bad for a song about female masturbation.

In a recent interview to promote her new two-disc release of She's So Unusual: A 30th Anniversary Celebration Lauper revealed that she actually got the idea for the song from a drunken associate and by fingering through the pages of a Blueboy gay porn mag. Hence the lyrics:

Well I see them every night in tight blue jeans
In the pages of a Blueboy magazine
Hey I've been thinkin' of a new sensation
I'm pickin' up good vibrations
Oop she bop she bop

Do I wanna go out with a lion's roar?
Huh, yea, I wanna go south and get me some more
Hey, they say that a stitch in time saves nine
They say I better stop or I'll go blind
Oop she bop she bop

Lauper has also said she recorded the “She Bop” vocals while nude and “tickling herself” in the studio. The late 80s era Parents Music Resource Center included the song in their "Filthy Fifteen" list of songs they found most objectionable. PMRC went on to create the parental guidance warning sticker system placed on albums with “objectionable” content — you know, songs about sex, drugs, violence, or the occult (the things that make music awesome).

Watch the videos AFTER THE JUMP…

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