By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
Captain America isn’t gay…but his brother is.
Hot on the heels of seeing The Avengers, with the adrenaline pumping in my veins, I did what any good queen would do…and went to Target. Like any geek, I had to check out the toy aisle and see all of The Avengers swag. I’ll have you know I had no trouble whatsoever picking up Thor’s hammer, Mjolnar, and I am no God. (Maybe a Demi-god.) Granted it was an 11 ounce light up plastic toy, but I felt mighty nonetheless. That is until I overheard a girl telling her boyfriend, “I’m sorry but Captain America is so gay.” That made me gayngry, and trust me, Mr. McGee, you won’t like me when I’m angry. I did not Hulk out, however. As much as I wanted to do a Black Widow spin kick and knock the glasses off her pointed little face, I still believe in educating over fisticuffs. So, I simply informed the ignoramus that being gay wasn’t a bad thing, and that Captain America wasn’t gay, but Chris Evans the actor who plays Captain America indeed has an identical twin brother that was gay. Not just every gay man’s fantasy but, in fact, the truth. Her boyfriend said they didn’t mean it like that, and I explained to them that it perpetuated a negative stereotype and using gay as a derogatory term was just as bad as the “N” word. Drama Queen? Maybe, but I would be remiss in my duties as a gay man if I walked away and didn’t say anything. And, maybe little missy and her boyfriend will think twice before using such hateful terms at the highly homosexually patronized Target in West Hollywood no less. Who do I think I am spouting off my uninvited “opinion?” A superhero? Not really. I made a promise to myself a long time ago that I would never sit idly by and let homosexuality be used negatively. That I would do my part. Some battles are worth fighting. This is one of them. I still believe in the good of man, I just want a better showing.
God knows what that girl and her boyfriend said about me as I hauled a– for the accessories aisle, but maybe, just maybe, I gave them something to think about. Maybe they didn’t “mean to offend me.” Maybe they will have children and teach them that it’s wrong. Maybe we will have learned something from Matthew Shepherd. Maybe there is no further threat of something as ignorant as “Don’t ask, don’t tell” happening again. Maybe we won’t have to tell kids that get bullied on a daily basis because society encourages them to do so that it gets better because it will be better. Maybe is better than nothing.
Chris Evans recently made a statement supporting gay marriage and saying once it was legalized, it would be an embarrassment of history in the future. Amen, sista friend! All this and Obama finally comes out in support of gay marriage at the 11th hour after remaining silent all this time, when we were not silent in our support of him. Although, I am pleased, shame on you, Mr. President, for finally realizing what Captain America knew all along.
Michael Troy is a deeply superficial person. Born in the midwest in the ’70s, Michael came to Los Angeles to pursue his bi-polar career path as an actor and artist. 2005 saw the release of Michael’s first published book, Homo-Hero’s Big Book of Fun and Adventure (www.greencandypress.com). Michael has contributed to the Lady Gaga comic book from Bluewater Productions and has his hand in various other upcoming projects. Michael has performed stand-up comedy at all of the major comedy clubs in Los Angeles and is making his triumphant return to the main stage of The Comedy Store in September. Michael offers an off-beat sense of humor as the star of such youtube cult classics As The Gays on Film (www.youtube.com/fullfrontaltv), A Minute With Margot, a loving tribute to Superman legend Margot Kidder (http://www.youtube.com/user/rktcommander), and currently hosts a vlog style series Lethally Blonde over at www.monsterburg.com. Sitting alongside industry heavyweight Phil Jimenez at the “Divas and Lassoes” panel for the 2010 San Diego comic-con, Michael maintains and cherishes his “underground” status. A staunch believer in Blonde Ambition, Michael hopes his new comic about shallow blonde super heroes in Los Angeles, The Blonde Squad, will set the world on fire (or at least brighten it a bit). Check out Michael Troy and Lethally Blonde updates here!!!