That’s So Gay: The Royal Wedding
As Will and Kate said “I do” this morning, we noticed that the pomp and circumstance had a certain amount of flamboyance to it. And even though there’s technically only one queen in the room (and she’s Elizabeth) there were plenty of moments that had our gaydar hitting the high mark.
1. Elton John and his partner David Furnish were among the gay guests invited to the wedding at Westminster Abbey. Also on the list was the first out international rugby star Gareth Thomas and transgender pilot Ian Holdom from the groom’s Search and Research team (she now goes by Ayla).
2. Kate Middleton wore Alexander McQueen. The deceased gay designer is also known for his avant-garde runway shows and now-famous Lady Gaga shoes. The new princess had a train measuring two meters (that’s more than three feet in American terms!).
3. The official wedding poem “Rings” was written especially for the couple by lesbian Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. In the free verse poem, Duffy charts different ring formations, from a pair of eyes to rings of a tree, even a lipstick ring: “I might/have opened your palm to the weather, turned, turned…/I might have raised your hand to the sky…/or given the ring of a boat, rowing the lake,/or the ring of swans, monogamous, two,/or the watery rings made by fish.”
4. Out Brit popstar George Michael, even though he was not invited to the wedding (were they afraid he might drive?), recorded a song for the newlyweds this week. The former Wham! singer’s cover of Stevie Wonder’s “You and I” is available for free download. He’s asking fans to make donations to The Prince William & Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund.
5. Morrissey, meanwhile, blasted the spectacle. In an interview with the BBC, he said, “Why would I watch the wedding? I couldn’t take any of that seriously.” He also said, “I don’t think the so-called royal family speak for England now, and I don’t think England needs them.” He went on to call them “benefit scroungers” and blamed the media for their love affair with the royals.
6. This week, gay activist Peter Tatchell sent the happy couple a wedding card that reminded them: “We wish you a happy life together. You can get married, gay people can’t. We are banned by the law. We ask you to support marriage equality.” Some say the statement was in bad taste, while others applaud the move especially considering that England coughed up approximately 32 million for security alone at this wedding. Yikes! Tatchell and others protested the wedding today by waving pink Union Jacks along the parade route.