Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 16:49:46 +0000
From: Johnnie J. Young <>
To: Multiple recipients of list MSM-L <>
Subject: MSM Mentioned in Gay Article

I just ran across a tiny little mention about MSM in an article from last 
month about the emergence of gays and gay themes in Hollywood.  Thought 
everyone might find it interesting...

Entertainment Weekly Magazine, September 8, 1995
"America Sees Shades of Gay: A Once-Invisible Group Finds the Spotlight"
Written by Jess Cagle, Excerpt from page 29

Even the creation of gay icons among movie stars isn't what it used to 
be, now that the rest of the country wants in on it.  Gay audiences have 
always had a soft spot for certain performers -- Bette Davis, Judy 
Garland, Marlene Dietrich, James Dean -- but the attraction was an in-joke 
among these stars gay fans, who turned these curious heroes and heroines 
into almost mythic beings based on their masculine/feminine personas or 
operatically tragic lives.  But the current crop of heterosexual 
performers hitting it big with gay audiences may not spawn the next 
generation of dragsters; if they've got dual appeal, they get the joke and 
it's fine with them.  Sharon Stone -- a latter-day Joan Crawford -- has 
captured the hearts of gay men by taking roles that cast her as a lethal 
threat to straight, macho men.  (Asked to explain her crossover appeal, 
Stone shrugs, "In my work, I try to celebrate life without judgment.") 
Comedian Jon Stewart's now-defunct talk show was embraced by gay audiences 
because, he theorizes, "it sort of had an outsider's appeal."  Sarah 
Jessica Parker has publicly expressed her desire to be a homosexual icon, 
and Mary Stuart Masterson proudly acknowledges her lesbian following.


I know that was a long way to go for that one mention, but I thought 
everyone would want to see it in context.

Johnnie J. Young