COMMENTARY: Lindsay Lohan’s recently released faux eHarmony profile is perhaps the most brilliant 90 seconds in the young actor’s career. She simultaneously manages to poke fun at herself, her relationship with Sam Ronson, and eHarmony -- a homophobic dating website that would never allow her to post an ad looking for a "man or a woman."
But when I posted a link to the video on my Facebook page, I received comments like “she’s young and immature and well -- who cares?”
The answer: I care. Deeply. And so should anyone who’s concerned with the future of queer rights and visibility in the United States.
It can’t be stated strongly enough: Lindsay Lohan is unlike any other LGBT celebrity to come before her. She’s young, she’s beautiful, she’s A-list -- and at the top of her career, she began publicly dating a woman. This is not the coy “maybe/maybe-not” game that other young celebs have played, or the outing of a former star. It’s worlds beyond the occasional kiss or the admission of having “dated women in the past,” which until now was the most radical truth that Hollywood stars would own up to.
While never choosing a label and avoiding public statements, Lindsay Lohan lived her relationship with Sam Ronson in the public eye almost exactly, one feels, as she would have had she not been famous. They partied, they made out, they fought, they bought groceries. And yes, I read about it every time. Not just because I love gossip, but because Lindsay Lohan is both representative of and at the forefront of an important cultural shift in the way sexuality plays out in the public sphere. She is the first of a new post-identity wave.
And it is this same wave that is helping to win the fight for same-sex marriage -- as well as other queer issues like adoption by same-sex parents, hate-crimes bills, and discrimination protections. In the aftermath of the Prop. 8 vote in California, an important set of data came out: 63% of voters ages 18 to 29 rejected the initiative, but 54% of voters 45 to 64 supported it.
If that’s not a generational shift, then what is?
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