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3 comments | Monday, April 23, 2007

I have to admit that I'm not a loyal reader of OUT Magazine. I prefer magazines that at least attempt to reflect the entire community. But I recently won a year subscription thanks to fellow blogger playboyadonis . The current issue lists 50 of the most powerful LGBT people in America and out of 50 there were only two peole of color. Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley(the man responsible for the hideous bolero Jennifer Hudson wore to the Oscars) and Hollywood manager Benny Medina( formerly Jennifer Lopez's manager).

Now I can think of at least 10 people who deserved to be included on this list and unlike Anderson Cooper and Jodie Foster they're actually out! It's no secret that I think Keith Boykin should have been included, that goes without saying. But what pisses me off is that our contributions to the larger gay community continue to be completely ignored, further promoting the myth that gay=white.

So I looked through the magazine to see if I could find any person of color and I did, there he was on page 67 shirtless, pubic hairs exposed and adorned with buttons that read Dick ! FAG! SUCK! etc. I'm not sure what message the photographer was trying to send, it's obvious that this model is gorgeous and I can appreciate that, but if this is all we get out of a 100 page spread then we have a problem.

Editor in Chief Aaron Hicklin should give me a call, I would be more than happy to lend my blackness to his magazine.


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I recognize four of the out 50 as queer folks of color: Andre Leon Talley (Black), Benny Medina (Black), Irshad Manji (South Asian), and Perez Hilton (Cuban).

I still agree with you that four (or a few more if I missed some) isn't representative of our community.

I thought it was telling that Silvio Horta (Cuban-American author of "Ugly Betty") won an NAACP Image Award, but didn't get a tap from OUT - even though OUT seemed to oversample people in the entertainment industry.

April 23, 2007 12:30 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Hold up I didnt even know that Benny Medina was gay

April 23, 2007 3:12 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

You should read this: http://queerkidofcolor.wordpress.com/2007/04/05/out-magazine-sucks/

April 23, 2007 4:22 PM


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