Michael Aaron

Did you ever think…

There’s been a lot of “I never though in my lifetime I’d see…” talk going around the past year. With Jackie Biskupski’s election as mayor of Salt Lake City it comes to mind again. Me? I actually did think a gay mayor was possible. When DeeDee Corradini became the first woman to be mayor of Salt Lake, I figured someone else with a strong personality and a butch haircut could do it as well. I didn’t, however, know it would be Jackie with her long, golden locks.

Yes, we have come a long way in a short amount of time and a hearty congratulations is due to Jackie for a well-played campaign. She has so many of different persuasions behind her in this win.

More didja-ever-thinks are now flowing through my mind:

Did I ever think a major league football player would come out as gay? Yes. But not until after the entire Women’s National Basketball Association came out first.

Did I ever think dozens of major actors would come out during their career? Yes, but a lot more than have.

Did I ever think a gay Captain Sulu would capture the hearts of hundreds of thousands? Oh, my, no.

Did I ever think that Bruce Jenner (or any other major athlete) would come out as trans* on national television and win an award for bravery? No, and no.

Did I think that, if a major athlete were to come out as trans* on national television and win an award for bravery, that the trans* community would trash them as egomaniacal and in it only for themself? Yes. Unfortunately it is what this community does. Do I think that will ever change? I can only hope.

Did I think that a “fierce” little boy would be in a Barbie commercial? Oh, snap! Hell to the no, and I’m gleeful he is.

So what is next on the didja-ever-think list? I can’t wait to find out.

Michael Aaron

Michael Aaron is the editor and publisher of QSaltLake. He has been active in Utah's gay and lesbian community since the early 80s and published two publications then and in the 90s.

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