After the National Equality March wended its way through the nation's capital this past October, the New York Times ran coverage of the event under the headline "Gay Rights Marchers Press Cause in Washington." A year earlier, in the midst of California's Prop 8 battle, American Apparel debuted its "Legalize Gay" t-shirts, which were scooped up by supporters of gay rights, gay marriage, gay adoption, and gays in the military. After Prop 8 passed, comedienne Wanda Sykes came out. She was very proud, she said, to be "gay."
At the risk of seeming pedantic or quibbling, one might pause to wonder what ever happened to the word that once seemed to march so firmly hand-in-hand with "gay." Whither "lesbian"?
I've heard this "gay is the new black" sentiment a few times in the very recent past, and I'm beginning to think it's less of a coincidence and more of the current mood. After hearing it yesterday on the Tyra Show, I'm convinced that what we've got on our hands is the media's latest attempt to pit two marginalized groups against each other.