It can be exhausting to keep up with who is in hot water, who’s cancelled and who is persona non grata when it comes to queer celebs.
The reasons someone might be cancelled can vary: they might have said something un-Woke on Twitter. They may have voted for Trump. They may have spoken ill of Beyonce — Beyonce forbid! But there’s a simple solution as to how we can deal with this. Maybe not every queer celebrity should automatically be given icon status. I know the number of queer celebs we have is small, but there are also infinitely more marginalized voices we should be listening to than the Fab Five on Queer Eye.
This week, INTO also ran deeply personal essays about reclaiming the word “fat” and what one trans woman learned about relationships from polyamory.
INTO Staff Writer
“There’s no reason that Van Ness or Del Rio or Brown or any person who signed their name to a contract should be given a special place in our politics,” Mathew Rodriguez writes. “The age of Trump offers several lessons, but perhaps highest among them is that celebrity worship is a danger. (Funnily enough, the phantasm of an Oprah Winfrey presidential run was the Very American Response to this Very American Problem.)”
“I didn’t think fat bodies were ugly or disgusting. I always preferred someone with a larger body, even now. I simply stared at fat people and rewrote the story of their body in my own head,” Arkee E. writes about internalized fatphobia. “I assumed that many fat people are uncomfortable in their bodies. I assumed that many fat people are only fat because they sit around all day and eat ravenously. I assumed that many fat people are too lazy ‘fix’ themselves. However, I was the lazy one. I was lazy for assuming fat people needed to fix themselves.
“Polyamory was instrumental in my self-actualization. Little in my life feels as natural as the fact that I can love and be loved by more than one devoted long-term partner, and that having the occasional outside tryst doesn’t diminish that love,” says Alyssa Gonzalez.