The fall of the ban on gays in the military, also known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” is the most important event in Gay American History since Ellen came out as, gasp, an openly gay comedienne.
So what’s next on the Gay Agenda?
The official next cause de célèbre won’t be decided until the Big Gay Convention, scheduled for 2012 in Oslo, Norway. Kidding! It doesn’t take a vote to imagine the next closet door opening up: pro sports.
Pro athletes still don’t ask and pro athletes still don’t tell, but it’s only a matter of time. My prediction: by 2020, we’ll be watching, gasp, an openly gay pro athlete. Or two. Or more.
The cultural signposts are obvious: “guy on guy” is steadfastly becoming what “girl on girl” has become over the last 15 years: an acceptable source of eroticism in the media.
Macho actors play gay lovers on the big screen. Handsome male celebrities joke about doing other handsome male celebrities.
Two men kissing is an increasingly popular act on TV and in the movies. Pro athletes are coming out as gay-friendly.
Can the male equivalent of the hit song “I Kiss a Girl” be far behind?
Forty years ago, America was shocked when athletes started grooming themselves and hawking beauty products. Thirty years ago, America pushed back by saying, “Real men don’t eat quiche.”
Twenty years ago, lesbians weren’t part of our Basic Instincts. Ten years ago, men didn’t have bromances.
Now, the concept of the gay soldier is real.
I kissed a guy. Now, I can hardly wait for the first openly gay president.