The Good Ole Days When Lesbian Kisses Actually Meant You Were a Lesbian

By the looks of the MTV Music Awards last night if you’re a female celebrity and you haven’t gone girl-on-girl before a crowd of roaring, adoring males, you’re probably gay. Last night, Sandra kissed Scarlett as revenge on Jesse. How did lesbian kisses become the ultimate mainstream display of hetero-desirability?

Back in 1995, “I Kissed a Girl” was a song by a lesbian folk singer about being gay. Eight years later, Madonna caused a media shitstorm by kissing the resolutely straight Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera on an MTV stage. Seven years later, a former Christian rocker turned “I Kissed a Girl” into a anthem of straight girl titillation. Now America’s middle-aged sweetheart SANDRA BULLOCK is locking lips with ladies on another MTV stage as proof that she’s lovable as ever. And tween queen Miley Cyrus says the girl-on-girl near-kisses in her choregraphy are “nothing” and shouldn’t imply gayness even slightly.

I kissed a girl ’cause it’s trendy…

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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