"What is forgotten is that “those people” are out there every day questioning the norm and so removing societal barriers for finding and expressing one’s true self for everyone. If it were not for “those people,” then the “normal gays” of today would still be considered “those people.” The cultural shift that “those people” enact is both more enduring and more profound than any short term political battles that may be lost because of them. So honor your freaks, your transfolk, your drag kings and queens, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the leather daddies, and the dykes on bikes, for without them there could be no movement, no removal of obstacles." .... "One must be memorable before one can become an icon. Which of your icons is most memorable? A congressman from Massachusetts? No. A former boy band member who was outed by his boyfriend? No. A round-bellied, dog shit eating Drag Queen who called herself Divine? Now that one has possibilities." --
I was attracted to Ganesh long ago, and started collecting the occasional image of him, despite naving only a college overview of Hinduism. Because he was about doorways, and reading, and guarding. Because he's a bit Other. And has cool clothes. The Circle of Dionysius' 'Yes They Are!' ritual theater on queer deities is awesome. Go read the whole thing, and catch the performance if you get the opportunity!