Withering Glance: It was the best gay year ever

  • Article by: RICK NELSON and CLAUDE PECK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 25, 2010 - 4:31 PM

Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.

CP: Here we are, keeping our heads down, just trying to live our ordinary little gay lives, and we spark worldwide church schisms, national armed-services schisms, hysterical tirades from every direction.

RN: So does that make this a run-of-the-mill Year in Gay, or was 2010 the Best Gay Year Ever?

CP: Speaking just pop culturally, we were visited this year by Jonsi, Lady Gaga and the Scissor Sisters. The acme, however, was diminutive Swedish pop hero Robyn at the Fine Line.

RN: A close second was when you snared those half-price Marc Jacobs sunglasses the week before Pride. I'm still hearing the squeal. Next to just about any episode of "Glee," my pinnacle Year in Gay moment was last month at Northrop. Paul Taylor's company was in the house, killing it through three masterpieces by the master choreographer. Sheer beauty. Where would this nation be without its gay artists? Nowhere, that's where.

CP: As I said through my tears just after Paul Taylor's "Esplanade" ended: "Can I push rewind and watch it all over again?" Same goes for the gorgeous "Brief Encounters."

RN: Don't forget that Ricky Martin came out, as did anti-gay-for-pay Republican kingpin Ken Mehlman. Shocker.

CP: Wow, you go from high to low in a hot hurry.

RN: That's me. Let's take a moment, shall we, to bow our heads and remember the Dearly Departed Gays of Daytime. "One Life to Live" replaced the surprisingly well-told Oliver-Kyle tale with an endless diet of tedious heterosexual high jinks, while CBS just plain flushed "As the World Turns" off the air after 54 years, sending Nuke -- Luke Snyder and Noah Mayer -- down the drain with the rest of Oakdale. Rest in peace, Nuke.

CP: Maybe we could save space and leave out your soaps rundown. It is daytime, after all, when gays are working hard to support their lavish, and chosen, lifestyles.

RN: In all seriousness, let's not overlook the triumph that is the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and the hopeful outlook on California's Prop. 8 lawsuit. The gay teen suicide epidemic is horrifying. Given how gays are bashed in Congress, from pulpits, during elections and in the Smithsonian, is it any wonder that America's youth think it's OK to bully any peer they perceive to be gay? Hats off to the "It Gets Better" YouTube campaign, for sending a message of hope to beleaguered teens. It's a start, right?

CP: Who are you, Gwen Ifill? We haven't said a word about Johnny Weir's Olympic skating costumes.

RN: Or the Emmys that went to straight actors playing gay characters on "Modern Family" and "The Good Wife." Wait, viewers aren't sure if "Wife's" Archie Panjabi is playing a lesbian, or just a scorching-hot-but-conflicted bisexual.

CP: She sounds like a post-gay poster child.

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