A few months ago I read an article on the Huffington Post that cited a new article claiming gay males are much more proportionately likely to have an eating disorder than straight males. This is a pretty expected result but when thinking about reasons why this is so, it’s especially disappointing.
In popular culture, the gay male persona falls into one of two groups. First, you have the standard or stereotypical pretty, thin or fit. In the other group, you have everyone else. Most gay men I know fall into neither group but I’m willing to bet most have had issues with body image at some point in their lives as they strive to fit into the thin and fit group, because that’s what represents us.
One of the highlights of the Grammy Awards this past weekend was when Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their anthem Same Love with Mary Lambert. It wasn’t so much the performance itself that garnered attention but when Queen Latifah presided over the marriage of 33 couples.
While the marriages received the predicted criticism from the expected sources, the Queen herself got some flack as well – for not making it more about her.
Earlier this week, a player in the NBA publicly revealed he was gay. While someone coming out isn’t considered to be “headline” news the way it was just a few years ago, this particular case was. Jason Collins is considered to be the first out player in major league professional sports. There have been others who have come out but