Sometimes it’s not how much of a following a story has, but the fact that it has a following in the first place that makes it worth covering. Over the last two months we’ve covered several issues that go deeper than just sex, money, and politics. One of those is the new face of the LGBT community, or should we say LGBTQA? Here are our favorite stories of people whose voices made an impact in 2013 and who we hope to see more of in the new year.
You know you’ve made it as an actor when Bill O’Reilly freaks out about the influence your character’s “alternative” lifestyle might have on the country’s youth. Alex Newell plays American TV’s first teen transgender character on Glee and is here to clear up the biggest misconception about him being “mid-transition.”
We speak about sex during an entire Alicia Menendez Tonight show, but from whose perspective? Seeing two feminine women kiss (or go further), is a foolproof way to attract male attention. Tara Lombardo from the Institute for Human Identity said it best: “A lot of femininity is based on the male gaze. If you remove the male perspective, you have to figure out the female gaze and at this point we still don’t know what exactly that is in the gay community.”
Mommy blogger Martin-Malone wrote, “I respect Drag Queens. They are artists. They are able to conceptualize an idea and transform themselves (without the help of magic, I might add). They are risk-takers. They are punk. And Disney Princesses? They are a man-made franchise created to sell cheaply made shit to our daughters. They are a perpetuation of the weak, dumb woman that obediently waits for a man to come along and make her valuable.”
We tested this theory and paired RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Manila Luzon and a young girl for a playdate. The end result may surprise you.
“I think it’s messed up for all these fans who came out and signed to not be acknowledged,” says Carmen Carrera about the petition on Change.org to have her be the first trans model to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Carrera adds, “[The trans community] is still working for equality and to be taken seriously.”
Now that same-sex marriage is legal in 16 states, why should gays get married? Is there more pressure for gay couples to tie the knot? While some may fear that same-sex couples will become as “boring” as male-female partners in “traditional marriages” when same-sex marriage becomes a federally recognized right, for many LGBTQ people, having access to the same freedoms heterosexual couples enjoy is more important than being a “fabulous” accessory-like a gay best friend.
Rapper Angel Haze, who told Menendez she would identify as pansexual if she had to choose a term, defines pansexual “as someone who sees people for who they are and not gender.”
High school is never easy, especially if you are transitioning genders. Zachary Kerr began his transition at age 14 and explains the step by step process he’s gone through since then.
Does it complicate relationships when one person is asexual and one person is not? We all know what LGBT means, but where do asexuality and pansexuality fit in the alphabet soup?