Jojo Siwa is gay and that’s important
Jojo Siwa is gay and everyone, even those of us who don’t know her much, should be super excited.
Let’s be realistic here. I’m 34 years old. I was in high school when Jojo Siwa was born and I was well over 20 when she first came to prominence through her appearances on various reality TV shows. Even when my age matched his target demographic (many years before he was born), I was going through a pre-teen gothic phase where I was much more interested in reading horror-themed books than drinking. of the electric pop music it produces. But my separation from her target population is why I’m so excited for her to come out, and everyone should be too.
You see, members of the LGBTQ + community are everywhere. We are here in geek circles (hello, Geekiary readers!) We are rich, middle class, and poor. We are the cool kids, the geeks, the jocks, the goths. We are young, old and middle aged. Being queer isn’t tied to just one specific “type” and it’s important to see it portrayed.
How Jojo Siwa came out is also incredibly important. It first caught the attention of the big internet when she posted a video of herself singing on Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” track, which has become an LGBTQ + anthem for many. While singing, she was decked out in rainbow accessories, but there was still a certain level of denial since rainbows are only part of her aesthetic. But the next day, she posted a photo of herself wearing a “Best Gay Cousin” shirt, then retweeted people congratulating her on coming out. You couldn’t deny it then.
It was well planned. It wasn’t spur of the moment or forced by a third party like so many other coming out stories tend to be. She controlled her story, spoke on her own terms, and did everything with a smile. It made being true to yourself a positive choice to make, not a tragic event forced on someone. Seeing someone do this with such joy is incredibly refreshing for a (comparatively) older queer woman like me, and a fantastic first example of coming out for a younger generation who had never met her before.
There is no doubt that she will face backlash from unsuspecting conservative parents who may not want their children to be fans of an openly and proud gay woman. But right now the internet is inundated with support and luckily this is the strongest response to it. Children deserve to see this support, and for those who are struggling at home with the situation, I hope they take the positive responses to heart and keep them with them throughout their own journey.
Fanaticism still exists, although the world is much more tolerant now, but the loud voices of support are choking them for now. Young children see it, even though their immediate family may not be as supportive.
I’ve never watched a single Jojo Siwa video or show, or listened to one of his songs, but that doesn’t matter. I welcome her with open arms to the LGBTQ + community and am incredibly grateful for the example she sets for her young fans.
Author: Angel Wilson
Angel is the administrator of The Geekiary and a commentator on geek culture. She received a BA in Film and Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz. She has contributed to various podcasts and webcasts, including An Englishman in San Diego, Free to Be Radio, and Genre TV for All. She has written for Friends of Comic Con and won the 2019 Hugo Award for her contribution to fanfic on AO3. She identifies as queer.
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