Have you seen this new cover for The Advocate's Pride issue? T.R. Knight's on the cover and he's labeled as a "hero". Can anyone tell me what he's done to be a hero? I know he was called a nasty word, but haven't we all been?
The accompanying article (the website only gives the first few paragraphs) calls him a "regular guy" in the title, and I have no idea what that's referring to. I know that lots of queers, having been told all our lives that we're "abnormal" and "abominations" and "biological mishaps", really, really want to be labeled as "normal" or "regular". Sure, everyone's abnormal in some way, but every little abnormality out of us is magnified and blamed on our sexual identity in a way that can make the average queer somewhat paranoid about his/her/hir actions and how they'll be interpreted. But calling a white TV star a "regular guy" does nothing to help other, non-TV-star queers feel any more "regular".
But I digress, since what I'm really trying to figure out is what makes him a hero besides being a celebrity. The article indicates that he's polite and he walks his dog. Sure, that makes him a hero to his dog, as it does to mine, but is that enough for a magazine cover? Why not highlight a real activist who is working to make our lives better?