It's impossible to watch an episode of America's Next Top Model and not notice Miss Jay Alexander, whether he's walking the runway in a pair of 6 inch heels or wearing outrageous fashions on the panel during judging, Miss Jay commands your attention.
As I sat and watched last night's episode it struck me that this was a man who was unafraid to embrace his feminine side and be as over the top as he pleased in front of a national television audience.
I personally think his personality speaks volumes about his character. In an era where hip hop music and fashion has seeped into black gay culture, the effeminate man is ignored, ridiculed, and considered to be passive and weak.
I don't know Miss Jay personally but I can't imagine any of these characteristics applying to him.
Log on to any gay dating website and you will read profiles that say "no queens and no fems".
Besides being extremely talented and entertaining, I consider Miss Jay to be extremely brave. In a climate where homophobia runs rampant, putting yourself on front street as a black queen is not a popular choice.
Miss Jay is definitely one of the reasons why I continue to tune into Top Model. If a fierce runway queen can live authentically in front of millions of people why can't my homo thug brothas in entertainment? I will refrain from listing any names.
Miss Jay : In the words of Rupaul ,"You better work bitch"!