While I know that no one really takes these lists seriously and actually fashions his or her life after pronouncements of self-proclaimed stylistas - who would possibly abandon twittering for slow blogging? - I am a wee bit concerned that among the Post's top ten is gay rights. Apparently, gay rights out, vampire rights in. Surely, this is an attempt of some writer to be hip, phat, hot, or whatever the adjective du jour is, but.
Gay rights is not a trend. It is not a "phase" like the one most of us were supposed to have been going through. Like other human rights, it should not be a matter of fashion, of what is in and what is out. However, during the past few years, being gay or supportive of the "lifestyle" has become hot. Remember Will & Grace, Queer Eyes for the Straight Guy, designer homes and haute cusine? See Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi, or Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson everywhere? Heck, even Dougie Howser is out. I Kissed a Girl is topping the air waves. Now don't get me wrong, this has been a good thing. All this has made the LGBT community more visible and mainstream. But what happens when people move on to the the next "thing," the next cause, the next disaster?
Already, people have moved on from Proposition 8, the choice of Rick Warren and Barack the Magic Negro. Remember the South Asian Tsunami, Katrina, the anti-war protests, the anti-immigrant crackdowns and pro-immigrant rallies? While most of us have been diverted to the next great cause, those for whom we once raised our voices and fists, continue to struggle through dire need or injustice. Entire communities in South Asia and Louisiana have still to be rebuilt. War rages on in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hard-working immigrants find it harder than ever to achieve the American Dream. Millions are still dying from AIDS. Billions are still hungry and poor.
Image from Times Square Alliance.