Nineteen ninety-eight was a watershed year in the battle for gay rights in America -- in a bad way. Bill Clinton had in nominated James C. Hormel as ambassador to Luxembourg. But his nomination as the first openly gay U.
The Nifty Nineties
The Gay 90's — Mark Ryden
Maybe it happened aeons ago, when David Bowie ventured out for his very first purchase of eye shadow. Maybe it happened hundreds of times over the last decade, in ways just as important — and just as forgettable. In , the gay stream flows freely into the mainstream. Just look around — look everywhere.
The Gay 90s
For members of the LGBTQ community, it can be tough to find representations and role models for ourselves in the media even today. If you were growing up queer in the '90s , though, finding positive representations of queer people in TV, books, music, or movies was definitely no easy feat. That's a big part of the reason that so many of the queer icons we had as kids and teenagers are basically inter-generational; LGBTQ people older and younger than us share some of the idols, especially if they're still producing work or are active in LGBTQ politics. It's also fair to point out that we might idolize "queer idols" we do not identify as queer, but are openly LGBTQ allies. On the flip side, we have to be careful not to assume anyone's sexual orientation or gender identity until they share it with us.
Thankfully, no bomb exploded at Tower City that night or any of the following nights during The Gay 90s six-year run. Harris told the paper if they did not use his proper title, there would be no interview. A few short months later Harris made the P. Later that year, Cleveland Magazine named Harris one of the 86 most interesting Clevelanders — again, a first for any openly gay Clevelander.