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Heroes: Straight and Gay
When growing up we usually look at a hero or role model in one particular way. Even
though everyone has differences we usually look at someone who is a hero in a special way.
Whether that way is because of their strength, bravery, or courage, we can all say we have a hero.
Some hero’s are of different race, ethnicity, belief system and gender, but most, if not all are
straight. It is rare to hear people call someone who is homosexual, a hero. In a sociological
world, we may look at gays or homosexuals as inferior or “queer” to everyone else. What we do
not understand, is that every type of people have heroes. Homosexuality is a big subject and
discussion in the United States, but to the people who have came out free, they may and very
well could be heroes. They lead by example, and show that by hiding an image is not the right
way to live a life. Heroes, such as Brian from
Queer as Folk,
shows people that, yes, you can be
gay and also be a hero and role model to others.
Joanne Di Mattia, who has written an article on gay heroism, clearly shows how Brian is
a hero in
Queer as Folk.
Brian is the main character of the show and is usually the center of
attention. He is superior to mostly any other character in the episodes, and has good relationships
with them all. He is very dynamic, as he is able to get along with many different types of people.
Joanne describes him just like any other hero. She says that he has marked out from society,