Admittedly, I’ve always considered GLAAD the most bourgeois LGBTQ organization out there—sort of a feel-good parade of celebrities patting themselves on the back, pushing for the kind of gay acceptance that your grandma could muster. But since they just nominated the John Waters fever dream that is Honey Boo Boo for a GLAAD Media Award, they suddenly seem a little less square. From their website:
Breakout TLC reality star Alana Thompson, better known as Honey Boo Boo, said on her show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, “Ain’t nothing wrong with bein’ a little gay. Everybody’s a little gay.” Thompson’s out Uncle Lee Thompson (“Uncle Poodle”) and the rest of the family participated in Spirit Day on October 19. GLAAD posted an exclusive video of Lee speaking about being bullied for growing up gay in the South and Alana posted a picture to the official Honey Boo Boo Facebook captioned, “You can’t change the way you are or who you fell in love with… we support Uncle Poodle and all the other poodles in the world too.”
Of course people are losing their minds over such trash being recognized, (apparently the world is suddenly going to hell in a handbasket because a chubby little working-class redneck girl isn’t appropriately ashamed), but kudos to GLAAD for giving a platform to queer folks (and their allies) who don’t meet the luke-warm liberal vision of ideal respectability.
Lee Thompson is also HIV positive, and adamantly vocal about the importance of safe sex—can we get him a nomination, too? Here he is talking about bullying for GLAAD.