I can’t stop thinking about physical manifestations of identity. When I was a baby gay, I pierced my right eyebrow. I was newly out, and I wanted to let all the other queers to know I Was One of Them. And to inform the straights too, if they knew what it meant.
When you’re queer, you can easily pass as straight, so a lot of times people will alter their appearance to show to the world that they are queer. Haircuts, clothing, jewelry, piercings, whatever. We laugh about stereotypes, gay hats, shirts and so forth, but there’s a reason why they exist.
We go through the world physically manifesting various parts of our identities, and it’s especially prevalent in minorities and subcultures. We want to belong. We want to find our people!
How Dianna styled her hair and what she wore on stage Saturday night? That was a huge physical manifestation of identity, and it was really, really queer. It was like she sent out a huge rainbow colored bat signal to all the queers paying attention. I’M HERE, ACCEPT ME, EMBRACE ME, I AM ONE OF YOU!
That’s what I was doing when I got my piercing, and nothing will ever convince me that’s not what Dianna was doing on Saturday night. So, in conclusion… Likes Girls? Yes.