Friday, June 27, 2008

My Weekend Crush

For Pride Weekend I usually like to feature a gay Weekend Crush. But I think this year I’ll make an exception. Because, while she may not be one of us, Cyndi Lauper is totally with us. She has been an ardent and adamant supporter of GLBT rights throughout her career. But it’s more than just that. Cyndi has been a life-long champion for every girl who was ever called “so unusual.” She was different. She was bold. She wrote a song about female masturbation. In short, she fucking rocks.

It was my father, of all people, who actually first noticed her. While lazily watching MTV one afternoon, Cyndi’s video for “Time After Time” came on. I wasn’t really paying attention. I think I was too engrossed in my Tiger Beat and preadolescent crush on Michael J. Fox (What? If you squint he looks kind of like a butch girl). My dad was working in the background and stopped to listen. “Who is that? I like that.” And, after I stopped to listen, so did I.

Now all these years later, it’s been a trip to find myself, in some minuscule way, part of her world. That she would take the time to give my silly little site a shout out (two even!) along with countless others is a testament to her dedication to our cause. This weekend, I’m head out to the True Colors Tour to feel beautiful like a rainbow with Cyndi and friends. There probably won’t be a post on Monday as a result. But, I think it’s a worthy excuse. And I have my dad to thank for all of it. He died four years ago today. I think this crush is really for him. Happy pride and happy weekend, all.

14 comments:

Huggitis Brown said...

Very sweet post, word up to your father.

Shasta said...

What a nice tribute to your father. And please enjoy yourself at True Colours. It looks like so much fun.

Anonymous said...

Love Cyndi, love the song. Check out the duet version with Sarah McLachlan on "The Body Acoustic". Perfection.

Pyewacket said...

Awww, Ms Dorothy...

you made me laugh...

"I think I was too engrossed in my Tiger Beat and preadolescent crush on Michael J. Fox (What? if you squint he looks kind of like a butch girl)."

LOL! I know exactly what you mean!

And you made me tear up *sniff*...my dad has passed away too.

Have a great time, Ms. Dorothy...

and for anyone who cannot make one of the True Colors tour dates but wants to see Cyndi...for those of you who can get US soaps...Cyndi will be on the July 3 eppie of As The World Turns performing as part of the storyline for those two cute gay boys and (I think) a soap first when Pride Fest is celebrated in the tiny town of Oakdale! That is something I plan on copying to DVD.

Have a great weekend everyone! :D

Anonymous said...

Funny, I had a crush on Michael J. Fox around that time too. Never realized the squinting butch girl thing but that would make sense. LOL.

OT, but there's an ad when I log out of myspace that I stare at all the time b/c I can't figure out if it's supposed to be a man or a butchy gal (you know those cookies...tracking your stuff and putting up ads just for you).

Happy Pride all!

notblueatall said...

I will be at True Colors, too! I can't wait. Seeing Cyndi for the first time at last years' TCT was adream come true. She's been my heroine since I was 5 (25 yrs.). So glad that she's become an icon in the GLBT community, too! =0)

slacker said...

Lovely post, Ms. Snarker. I am greatful to you and to your father for your contributions to pop culture. Cherish those memories.

Lezlie Mac said...

Aaawwww..Sweet. Yet still funny..

Happy happy happy pride every one !
Soyons fières !

Her Name is Jane said...

sugar AND spice? funny funny! happy pride!

CoffeeDog said...

Happy Pride - loved the story about your dad.

The Voracious Vegan said...

Hmm...Michael J. Fox.....I see it now! Loved the post, hope you had a great weekend.

packrat said...

Aw, nice. Hope you had a lot of fun, and held the lighter during that song for your dad.

The Big Shamu said...

It must have been a very good weekend.

Anonymous said...

Shout out to your father, where ever he rests.
Cindi's sister is gay, right? Weren't they on the cover of the HRC newsletter/mag thingy a year or so together?