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The Problem Guests: Icons, Objectification & LGBTQ Activism

Written by @drjeffgenderprof – Please check out more of his work on Medium

“Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy have the gay Internet abuzz,” reported Logo after the openly gay Olympians shared a kiss on stage at the GLAAD 2018 Media Awards, held in Los Angeles. Like many, I was impressed that Rippon and Kenworthy used the platform afforded to them by the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea to raise awareness of the Trump administration’s systematic attacks on LGBTQ people. Rippon, in particular, put Mike Pence in the crosshairs by vocally critiquing the Vice President’s anti-LGBTQ record. But since the games, the pair have been increasingly objectified by the (gay) media. Their bodies receive all the attention while their messages take a backseat. Continue reading

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The Problem Guests: Sexual Identity, Shame, and a Need for Healing

Written by @unicorns_drink_blood

Too often I see men, especially queer/gay men, distorting their sexual identity into an easy to swallow two dimensional presentation. Often relying on stereotypes of what it is to be “male” to set acceptable parameters. Letting society define your sexual self is limiting at best and dangerous or detrimental at worst. Forcing parts of ourselves to remain in the shadows is in reality telling ourselves we are ashamed of our person. Continue reading