I tried to not write about this. I really did. But it's gotten to a point where I couldn't overlook it.
Gawker.com, the media gossip website, has christened Lindsay Lohan a gay hero. What has she done to deserve this title? Has she marched for LGBT rights? Come out swinging against hate crimes? Donated large sums of money LGBT causes?
Nope. She might have a girlfriend and hasn't publicly denied it. According to Gawker:
Here's what's cool: Lohan has been entirely matter-of-fact about the whole affair. She's continued to appear in public with her rumored lover. There has been no moaning from her about private-life intrusion from the media, and no cries from her cougar mom to 'Leave Lindsey ALONE!'
Well! Break out the rainbow flags and start singing "We are family"... She hasn't denied being gay! What a hero!
We all know I'm not one to pick at celebs (except for that time with Tori Spelling... but she was asking for it), but calling Lohan a "hero" for not launching her media PR machine (i.e. her mother) to stop possible lesbian rumors DOES NOT make her a hero.
At a time in our history when we see true heroes for our community- like Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, Ellen DeGeneres, Bishop Gene Robinson, or countless others- living openly and fighting for the rights of all of us, why on earth would we even consider a self-destructive starlet a hero for simply not vehemently denying she might live on the isle of Lesbos?
I think we throw around the word "hero" way too easily nowadays. So Lohan has been photographed with Samantha Ronson kissing and cuddling. Great for her! I certainly wish her the best. She certainly hasn't completely come out. Yet Gawker seems to think that because Lohan isn't denying the rumor (which in itself insinuates that being gay is a scandal to be denied, but I digress) that she should be leading the next Pride parade.
Well, I guess LA Pride did have Paris Hilton as grand marshal one year, so it wouldn't be too much of a stretch.
So to Lohan, I say be yourself and find happiness. To Gawker, I say get a reality check and start looking at some of the real heroes of our community.