Reasons to Have Pride in 2012, Part 1

We came out, we saw ourselves in media, and we conquered hearts and minds in the last year. From major wins to small victories, here is the first of four parts of 181 reasons to feel proud of not being straight and narrow.



lenny kravitz x400 | advocate.comBecause young fans of The Hunger Games barely bat an eye over the queer characters

Cinna, played by Lenny Kravitz, is the stylist to protagonist Katniss. Talking to the website Celebuzz, Kravitz said, “I didn’t know about Hunger Games, so when I’m telling kids and they say, ‘Who are you playing?’ and I say Cinna, they go, ‘Oh, you’re playing the gay guy.’ ” The singer actually based his Cinna portrayal on a bisexual friend of his, though he doesn’t think the orientation of the character even matters. Meanwhile, Kravitz’s costar Elizabeth Banks told Celebuzz that the dystopian Capitol where much of The Hunger Games takes place is a sexual free-for-all: “I always read the Capitol as [messed] up pansexuality, everybody is doing everybody. Back to Greek and Roman times!”