Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Is That Really The 10 Greatest Gay Spokespeople of All Time?

An editor at Ranker. com recently sent me a link to one of their posts, which they assumed I would be interested in sharing with my readership.  The post is basically a list of the 10 Greatest Gay Spokespeople of All Time.  Here they are, in the order in which Ranker placed them.

'dscn2340' photo (c) 2006, Alan Light - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/


'Elton John 2011 Shankbone' photo (c) 2011, David Shankbone - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/


'Rosie O'Donnell' photo (c) 1995, Alan Light - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

'_DSC6916-1 cor1' photo (c) 2010, Beth Madison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/


'Neil Patrick Harris Time Shankbone 2010' photo (c) 2010, David Shankbone - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/


'Jane Lynch' photo (c) 2008, Greg Hernandez - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/


'Stephen Fry up' photo (c) 2011, Ντάνκαν - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/


'Alan Cumming' photo (c) 2011, CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

From Top to Bottom: Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, Sean Hayes, Rosie O'Donnell, George Takei, Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Lynch, Stephen Fry, Alan Cumming, Paul Marcarelli

As a straight woman of colour, it's not place to decide whether or not the people on the list should be honoured.  This is something for the gay community to decide on their own. What I can however say is that there are some extremely obvious imbalances, which once again confirms that regardless of the marginaliztion being discussed, that there is a tendency to privilege some identities over others.  Rather than say what I see as wrong, I am going to ask you what jumps out at you when you peruse these images.