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Re: Which Gay Character Would You Recommend as a Role Model?
« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2008, 09:08:22 pm »
Chrissi! Thanks for adding Klaus "Wowi" Wowereit! Yes, I think he really is a gay role model. Or have you ever seen a politician hug his boyfriend like that in public?

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Re: Which Gay Character Would You Recommend as a Role Model?
« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2008, 09:18:35 pm »
You know, I'm trying to think of a celebrity who's out and gay who would NOT make a good role model. (This of course does not include those who are gay and NOT out -- the Larry Craig types.) The very fact that they're out and gay -- having that much courage is, in itself, role model-worthy, IMO. And for each new person who does it, it's that much easier for everyone else, until the day finally comes when it's no big deal and no "courage" is required.

And in response to a previous post, I think Rosie O'Donnell actually makes a great role model. You might not approve of her politics. But I watched her on The View for nine months or however long she was there and thought she was funny, intelligent and charming. And the comfortable, no-big-deal way she frequently referred to her gayness and her partner was very refreshing.





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Re: Which Gay Character Would You Recommend as a Role Model?
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2008, 01:40:34 pm »
Great question.

Thanks.

Much can be said and named!!

Who was the one male who had no money in San Francisco, and a lady gave him skates? Was he gay?

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Re: Which Gay Character Would You Recommend as a Role Model?
« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2008, 03:45:40 pm »
Hmm.. om

real life - the gay ministers on the current season of amazing race, Will Young (Uk winner of the first pop idol), Matt Lucas (from Little Britain),

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Re: Which Gay Character Would You Recommend as a Role Model?
« Reply #24 on: January 16, 2008, 09:25:38 pm »
This is a really intriguing question... I'm surprised I hadn't stumbled on this thread earlier.

It's interesting to me to see that a lot of the replies here are actually real people being suggested as role models.  And, yes, I'd definitely recommend Ellen (and Portia!) as well as Melissa Ethridge and Jodie Foster (although I recommend Ellen, Portia and Melissa over Jodie only because I applaud the former three for being so bold in coming out earlier or in a more determined way).

Suggestions of characters who could be considered role models are trickier in a certain way.  A lot of gay characters tend to be way-tragic or super conflicted.  I'll have to ponder this whole aspect of the question for a while before responding...


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Re: Which Gay Character Would You Recommend as a Role Model?
« Reply #25 on: January 17, 2008, 12:22:04 pm »
Jodie Foster and Ian McKellen and B.D Wong.

Although I only know B.D Wong from Law and Order SVU and The Band Played On. But he's brilliant. Just like Jodie Foster and Ian McKellen. Oh and Stephen Fry.

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Suggestions of characters who could be considered role models are trickier in a certain way.  A lot of gay characters tend to be way-tragic or super conflicted.  I'll have to ponder this whole aspect of the question for a while before responding...

I'll have to second that.

Oh, after I wrote that last bit of my post. I remembered a movie I really like that has a lesbian couple as the lead that is not tragic or conflicted. Well the characters aren't but the film is. Better Then Chocolate. So for characters, Kim and Maggie.

Also, even though this is a more violent movie. I would say Corky and Violet in Bound as well. Even though they get the bad guy, they have flaws themselves. And being a more violent movie, depending on what my teenager was like, I don't know if I'd let her watch it. But then if she's anything like I was when I was a teenager, then I probably would let her watch it.

Gay guy wise I'll have to ponder more. 

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Re: Which Gay Character Would You Recommend as a Role Model?
« Reply #26 on: January 17, 2008, 02:01:14 pm »
How about famous gay people from history? Here's a list I just found in a quick google search. Scanning through, I suspect some of the people on it may actually have been bisexual. (And I can't figure out why it's neither in alphabetical nor chronological order.) But anyway, it's an impressive list.

    Alexander the Great
         *Macedonian Ruler, 300 B.C.
     Socrates
         *Greek Philosopher, 400 B.C.
     Sappho
         *Greek Woman Poet, 600 B.C.
     Hadrian
         *Roman Emperor, 1st-2nd c.
     Richard the Lionhearted
         *English King, 12th c.
     Saladin
         *Sultan of Egypt and Syria
     Desiderius Erasmus
         *Dutch Monk, Philosopher
     Francis Bacon
         *English statesman, author
     Frederick the Great
         *King of Prussia
     Lord Byron
         *English poet, 18th c.
     Walt Whitman
         *U.S. poet, author, 19th c.
     Oscar Wilde
         *Irish author, 19th c.
     Marcel Proust
         *French author, 20th c.
     Colette
         *French author, 20th c.
     Gertrude Stein
         *U.S. poet, author, 20th c.
     Alice B. Toklas
         *U.S. author, 20th c.
     Federico Garcia Lorca
         *Spanish author, 20th c.
     Cole Porter
         *U.S. composer, 20th c.
     Virginia Woolf
         *English author, 20th c.
    Leonard Bernstein
         *U.S. composer, 20th c.
     Pope Julius III
         *1550-1555
     T.E. Lawrence
         *English soldier, author, 20th c.
     Jean Cocteau
         *French writer, director, 20th c.
     Charles Laughton
         *English actor, 20th c.
     Marguerite Yourcenar
         *Belgian author, 20th c.
     Tennessee Williams
         *U.S. Playwright, 20th c.
     James Baldwin
         *U.S. author, 20th c.
     Andy Warhol
         *U.S. artist, 20th c.
     Michelangelo
         *Italian artist, 15th c.
     Leonardo Da Vinci
         *Ital. Artist, scientist, 15th c.
     Christopher Marlowe
         *Eng. Playwright, 16th c.
     Herman Melville
         *U.S. author, 19th c.
     Horatio Alger, Jr.
         *U.S. author, 19th c.
     Tchaikovsky
         *Russian composer, 19th c.
    Willa Cather
         *U.S. author, 19th c.
     Amy Lowell
         *U.S. author, 19th & 20th c.
     E.M. Forster
         *English author, 20th c.
     John M. Keynes
         *English economist, 20th c.
     Ludwig Wittgenstein
         *Australian mathematician, 20th c.
     Bessie Smith
         *U.S. singer, 20th c.
     Noel Coward
         *English playwright, 20th c.
     Christopher Isherwood
         *English author, 20th c.
     Pier Paolo Pasolini
         *Italian film director, 20th c.
     Yukio Mishima
         *Japanese author, 20th c.
     Eleanor Roosevelt
         *U.S. stateswoman, 20th c.
     Julius Caesar
         *Roman Emperor, 100-44 B.C.
     Augustus Caesar
         *Roman Emperor
     Harvey Milk
         *U.S. politician, 20th c.
     Bayard Rustin
         *U.S. Civil Rights activist, 20th c.
     James I
         *English King, 16th-17th c.
     Queen Anne
         *English Queen, 18th c.
     Marie Antoinette
         *French Empress, 18th c.
     Melissa Etheridge
         *U.S. Rock Star, 20th c.
     Pope Benedict IX
         *1032-1044
     May Sarton
         *U.S. author, (1912 - 1995)
     Edna Ferber
         *U.S. author, 20th c.
     Elton John
         *English Rock Star, 20th c.
     Margaret Fuller
         *U.S. writer, educator, 20th c.
     Montezuma II
         *Aztec ruler, 16th c.
     Peter the Great
         *Russian Czar, 17th-18th c.
     Langston Hughes
         *U.S. author, 20th c.
     Pope John XII
         *955-964
     Madame de Stael
         *French writer, 17th-18th c.
     Martina Navratilova
         *U.S. tennis star, 20th c.
     Greg Louganis
         *U.S. Olympic swimmer, 20th c.
     Billie Jean King
         *U.S. tennis star, 20th c.
     Roberta Achtenburg
         *U.S. politician, 20th c.
     Barney Frank
         *U.S. Congressman, 20th c.
     Gerry Studds
         *U.S. Congressman, 20th c.
     Hans Christian Andersen
         *Danish author, 19th c.
     Tom Dooley
         *U.S. M.D. missionary, 20th c.
     J. Edgar Hoover
         *U.S. director of the FBI., 20th c.
     Frida Kahlo
         *Mexican artist, 20th c.
     Suleiman the Magnificent
         *Ottoman ruler, 15th c.
     Rock Hudson
         *U.S. actor, 20th c.
     Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
         *Mexican author, 16th c.
     Ralph Waldo Emerson
         *U.S. author, 19th c.
     Candace Gingrich
         *Gay Rights activist, 20th c.
     Margarethe Cammermeyer
         *U.S. Army Colonel, 20th c.
     Zoe Dunning
         *U.S. Military Reservist, 20th c.
     Tom Waddel
         *U.S. M.D., Olympic star, 20th c.
     Kate Millet
         *U.S. author, 20th c.
     Janis Joplin
         *U.S. singer, 20th c.
     Rudolf Nuryev
         *Russian dancer, 20th c.
     Waslaw Nijinsky
         *Russian dancer, 20th c.
     Ernst Röhm
         *German Nazi leader, 20th c.
     Dag Hammerskjold
         *Swedish UN Secretary, 209th c.
     Aristotle
         *Greek philosopher, 384-322 B.C.
     Paula Gunn Allen
         *Native American author, 20th c.
     Angela Davis
         *U.S. political activist, 20th c.
     June Jordan
         *U.S. author, activist, 20th c.
     Rainer Maria Rilke
         *German poet, 20th c.
     James Dean
         *U.S. actor, 20th c.
     Montgomery Clift
         *U.S. actor, 20th c.
     Baron VonSteuben
         *German General, Valley Forge
     Edward II
         *English King, 14th c.

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Re: Which Gay Character Would You Recommend as a Role Model?
« Reply #27 on: January 17, 2008, 10:28:05 pm »
Thanks ineedcrayons!

Wonderful list.

May we add to it?

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Re: Which Gay Character Would You Recommend as a Role Model?
« Reply #28 on: January 18, 2008, 01:00:09 am »
May we add to it?

Naturellement!  Who do you suggest?