Comic Book Femme Fatale is one of the best blogs out there. In her repost from January CBFF poses the question what impact would it have on the self esteem of a gay school age child if every one knew that a contributor to the formation of this society was gay?
LGBTQ+ Erasure, in History and Media
This post is inspired by a Tumblr post that has been floating around the internet, regarding Leonardo de Vinci’s status as a gay or bisexual man. The post asks: Why were we not taught this in school? I’ve had conversations with some people about it, and for the most part the response has been, does it matter?
LGBTQ+ Erasure is a big deal. According to the CDC, LGBTQ+ teens are twice as likely to attempt suicide than their peers. It’s naive to say that problems like homophobia, LGBTQ+ dating violence, and suicides would all be solved by better representation, I know, but surely it would help. I say this all the time, so forgive me if I sound like a broken record: when people see people like them who are successful and happy, it reaffirms that they too can reach their goals. My youngest sister was so excited after seeing Big Hero Six because she saw a blonde, Hispanic, female scientist; the first time she’d seen a woman in fiction who looked like her, shared her background, and was interested in STEM like her.
Do you think that gay kids who experience homophobia and a lack of support know that one of the heroes of the American Revolution, the man widely considered to be the father of the American Military, Friedrich Wilhelm von Stuben, was widely considered gay? Or that George Washington was surprisingly tolerant of gay relationships at Valley Forge?