"Kylie Minogue has considered becoming a lesbian." Speaking of the late actress Talullah Bankhead, Minogue is quoted as saying, "I'd go gay for her." "..God knows I can't get a man - so maybe I should cross over."
Whether she was "joking" or not, her making such statements reinforces in the minds of homophobes that being Gay is a choice, and that one can either be with a man or a woman, and if one makes "the wrong choice" he or she is a "sinner," and/or a deviant who does not deserve equal civil rights.
The distorting frivolity evidenced in Minogue's reported statements, coupled with the apolitical frivolity and/or stance by all too many Gay people, who have translated the ground breaking work of a Barbara Gittings, a Troy Perry, a Frank Kameny, and so many other LGBT rights activists in the 1950's to the 1980's into the frivolous perversion of these and other such heroes' lives and work into the Alice in Wonderland "right" to use hateful epithets as self-identifiers; celebratory events that for the life of me I can't see what's being "celebrated," save for satisfaction with second-class citizenship, bereft of dignity and equal rights; being grateful for mere crumbs of incrementalism, so that the pathetic outcome is that even the very mention of "Gay" in Obama's nomination acceptance speech [Even though Obama has stated from the outset that he is against same-sex marriage.] causes great optimism among Gay people who should certainly know better.
As long as frivolity and apolitical positions are taken by LGBT people; as long as there is a settling for crumbs of incrementalism and mere rhetorical acknowledgment by politicians who care nothing about Gay people but in merely getting their votes; as long as people are more concerned about such "issues" as the lifestyles of other Gay entertainers rather than spend that energy caring about and actively working to get full and equal rights; as long as the demand for dignity by LGBT people is put on the back burner by LGBT people themselves, the more we can be sure that no significant movement toward acquiring full and equal civil rights will occur in the foreseeable future.
Indeed, for a Kiley Minogue, whether or not she was "joking," to explicitly state that she might become Gay because she says she "can't get a man," or because she says she fantasizes about Tallulah Bankhead, seriously demeans and trivializes the sufferings of countless Gay people at the hands of homophobes who have incessantly chanted that same mantra that "homosexuality is a choice"; have thereby, through the inundation of their ignorant and hateful messages, reinforced the hate of others, and have hitherto prevented many otherwise intelligent and decent people from becoming potential allies.
Whether Minogue was "joking" or not, it's absolutely no joke, as so many lives have been hurt and even ruined because of the fiction that such possible "jokes" have helped reinforce by facilitating the work of homophobes who, especially with the very possible ascendancy of McCain and Palin to the Executive Office, will likely be able to make homophobia even more popular in terms of its expression in the culture, and in the consequent climate of hate, even including the possible removal of some of the few civil rights for LGBT people that currently exist.