Hosted by Jon Stewart, the 2005 Academy Awards featured a montage of scenes from old Western films. Through Stewart's introductory comments and the use of selective editing, the show presented these classic cowboy films as containing overtly homoerotic themes. The montage itself was inspired by Brokeback Mountain, an Oscar-nominated film from that year that told the story of two male cowboys who fall in love.
This military-themed Budweiser advertisement, released in April of 2011, was regarded by some viewers as bearing a strong gay subtext, perhaps even going as far to demonstrate an overt display of support for gays in the military. Although the military is clearly a fitting theme for a brand like Budweiser – traditionally associated with masculinity and patriotism – this potential showing of support for the LGBT community would certainly be a new turn for the beer company.
On February 12, 2008, 15-year-old Lawrence “Larry” King was murdered by a fellow eight grader at his school in Oxnard, California. Larry was murdered because he had asked his murderer to be his Valentine. In this video, one of America's most prominent lesbian woman, Ellen Degeneres, takes time on her popular daytime talk show to discuss the matter. Ellen, clearly very emotional, makes the statement that she and this boy are not second-class citizens, and that it is okay to be gay. She also calls attention to humor directed at gayness and how it creates the context that allowed for such a murder.
In 2011, a Harps Grocery store in Arkansas blocked the cover of an US Weekly Magazine that featured Elton John, his husband David Furnish, and their new baby, Zachary. Placed over their faces was a sign that read: "Family Shield. To protect young Harps shoppers." In an effort to bring attention to the sign, a Twitter user snapped a photo and began to tweet a message to celebrities that were supportive of gay rights issues. It soon went viral online, forcing the Harps Grocery to respond, and eventually to take down the "Family Shield" signs.
Above is an excerpt from "You Say Latino," a comic artist Terry Blas created to define and talk about common confusion around the identity terms “Latino” and “Hispanic.” Emphasizing that the terms are not the same, and therefore not to be used interchangeably, he uses his personal experiences growing up in what he calls a bicultural household (his father is from Utah in the U.S., and his mother is from Ameca Meca, Mexico), and traveling in different parts of the U.S. and Mexico. He explains that “Latino” is about geography and being from Latin America, whereas “Hispanic” is about language, and being from a country whose primary language is Spanish. He uses being from Brazil, a Latin American country whose main language is Portuguese, and Spain, not a Latin American country, but whose main language is Spanish, as examples illustrating how the Latino and Hispanic identity terms describe different things. The comic ends with a reference to a young Terry understanding the difference between Latino and Hispanic, but wanting to know the difference between the terms “queer” and “gay.”