Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to Harvey Fierstein. A pivotal film for me during the wakening of my sexual orientation was Torch Song Trilogy; while affirming of being gay, it also showed the struggles of being openly gay in the 1980s. As a gay man, that movie had a tremendous impact on my life. Fierstein also wrote the book to the musical La Cage aux Folles, and starred as Edna Turnblad in the musical Hairspray. Fierstein is one of the most recognized LGBT civil rights activists we have today and a personal hero of mine. An Athiest/Jew, Fierstein is very vocal about separation of church and state, specifically that separation as it pertains to the protection of the LGBT community:
We are lucky enough to be living in a country that not only guarantees the freedom to practice religion as we see fit, but also freedom FROM religious zealots who would persecute and prosecute and even physically harm those of us who do not believe as they do. . . . If you refuse to salute the flag and say God in your pledge, you’re actually judged un-American. But that’s not the way America is supposed to be. That’s the way Iran is. . . . Predicating patriotism on a citizen’s belief in God is as anti-American as judging him on the color of his skin. It is wrong. It is useless. It is unconstitutional.
Click here to learn more about Harvey Fierstein. TSM would also like to wish him a Happy Belated Birthday.