From 2 July – 18 October 2009 the National Portrait Gallery has an exhibition Gay Icons and related events all celebrating the notion of gay iconic. Sandi Toksvig explains in a Guardian article she hopes the exhibition will “..give courage to those people who still struggle with their sexuality. It might make people feel better about themselves and it might make other people rethink their perceptions of gay life.”
I will be chairing the panel Fade to Black on 9th August 15.00 – 17.15 at the National Portrait Gallery. On the panel will be film director Pratibha Parmar, writer Andrea Stuart and performer Maria Rosa Young after the screening of Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman.
My icons were not about making me feel better about being gay as Sandi recommends. I loved the people listed here because they appeared deviant, quirky, trashy, transgressive or were just plain ornery.
So who are your gay icons?
July 21, 2009 | Filed under LGBT Culture and tagged with Anna Nicole Smith, Beth Ditto, Cheryl Dunye, Gay Icons, Grace Jones, Lena Horne, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Nina Simone, Sandi Toksvig, Stormy Weather, Streetcar Named Desire, Sylvester.