I think as minority people we strive for it, as LGBTQ folk we strive for it even more. Being normal for us becomes a distant dream and instead we learn to embrace ourselves for who we are. What would happen if that difference became a distant memory? In the 20th century homosexuality has slowly but surely made its way to the fore front of entertainment, music, politics and business.
Shows like Glee and channels like Logo have attempted to educate heterosexuals and homosexuals alike about homosexual customs, life styles and culture. While shows like The Real World, Will and Grace, and the more recent Modern family have done their part to make gay a normal institution. Bravo the secretly but obviously gay cousin of Logo is doing the same with its programming. A lot of the content features gay men but it’s not specifically targeted towards LGBTQ folk.
While women have always been the more accepting gender, men have been a little more shaky when it comes to welcoming gay with open arms, but while riding in a friend’s car I stumbled across a line I’d never heard in the uncut version of J. Cole’s over played number one single “Can’t get Enough”. It went as followed, “Make an old man get his glasses, make Wesley pay his taxes, then follow yo’ moves all week on twitter, probably make a gay nigga reconsider.” Now I’d heard the song somewhere around 5000 times in the last month, but I never knew there a was a word before “nigga” . My initial reaction was “what did he just say?” My internal was puzzled. Then I really thought about it. It was about gay people, in a rap song, but had no real negative connotations. Only some hard ass self-righteous queen could find a problem with that. “Oh my God he called us a gay nigga he’s a racist!”
With that line he made us a normal valid part of his song. He didn’t say fag or anything of the standard homosexual references in a rap song. He simply stated that the girl was so hot she’d probably make a homosexual reconsider…we’ve all met at least one of those girls and half of you have reconsidered. I’m a gold star. I wasn’t ecstatic, more like concerned. What if this was to become an everyday occurrence? What if gay became a house word? What would happen to our culture? I’m sure there are many positive to this, but what about the negatives? I’m worried well become a little boring, lose our illustrious flare, we’d simply blend in. As it says in our motto, we here at Shuomii aren’t about that life.