In the 1944 musical Meet Me In St. Louis, Judy Garland (of course) introduced the world to the song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," which features this line: "Make the yuletide gay." This could have been a watershed moment in homosexual pop culture, inspiring millions of people to turn the holiday into an over-the-top, fabulous celebration. ("Okay, Judy, I will," they said under their breath -- and BOOM, tinsel was born.)
|Santa has a lump of coal for whoever stole the gay out of this ornament.|
Yes, there's some merit to the argument that used pre-Stonewall, the word "gay" just meant "happy and carefree." Just last year Hallmark got tongues wagging when it changed out that very word from the old holiday jam "Deck the Halls" (with a lyrical origin of 1867) and replaced it with "fun" in a bizarre sweater ornament that seemed crafted to annoy the very (only?) demographic that would ever purchase such a product. Scores of LGBTQ organizations took note and pestered Hallmark with threats of black coal and clothing gifts a size too small with no receipt, and managed to get the company to admit that it had no right to take the "gay" out of Christmas. After all, one of the primary activities of this holiday includes decorating a giant phallic symbol with dozens of shiny balls and then covering everything in (Judy) garland and lace.
Whether you like it or not, Christmas was and always will be gay -- in every definition of the word. Here are five ways to make sure your holiday is fabulous, same sex-y and maybe just a bit too much.
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