"Back in 1986, Madonna’s best friend Martin Burgoyne died of AIDS. It was a time before AIDS was really even AIDS — back when it was still being referred to as Gay Related Immune Deficiency, and a time when people were still afraid to even be in the same room as a person with the disease.
Regardless of the unknown danger at hand, Madonna remained wholly committed to paying for his medical expenses and attending fundraisers to support her friend. (In fact, Burgoyne’s personal items — including fundraiser flyers and personal Polaroid photos of Madonna were to be auctioned off this week by his estate.)
Let’s remember: This wasn’t at a time when Looking was premiering on HBO. This was a time where gay men were genuinely considered a threat to public health, and when people’s friends and family were dying for no explicable reason. The fact is, it was at the risk of her career to remain committed to the LGBT community.”
"But to say that Madonna’s appearance onstage last night was merely advantageous and relevancy-baiting is to choose to ignore over 30 years of advocacy and outspoken support of the gay community. Frankly, she helped pave the way."
"The reason I do like “Same Love,” however, is its overall impact. It didn’t really hit me that the song was even becoming a hit until my little sister told me that she heard the song playing one day on the radio last year, and that she was touched by the song. And that’s sort of when it clicked.
I started to recognize the meaning behind “Same Love,” a song explicitly about being gay in America, about hateful YouTube comment section name-calling and marriage equality — being played on heavy rotation on hip-hop and Top 40 radio last year.
The mass-marriage last night was strange, frenzied and incredibly emotional all at once — but what it wasn’t, to me at least, was offensive.
I would encourage writers, YouTubers and Twitter personalities to step outside their reactionary bubble and recognize the greater good: Stop tearing down the people who are waging the same battle, whatever you suppose their true intentions actually are. Madonna? Macklemore? Please. These aren’t our real enemies.
The real enemies are the homophobic politicians and world leaders committed to outlawing LGBT “propaganda.” There are real, horrifying events happening every single day in the world — and if you truly believe the biggest problem is that a straight white man “using us” for record sales by publicly supporting LGBT equality on a nationally televised awards show in front of a tearstained audience, then you’re not genuinely fighting the same fight.”