Photo-Illustrating Gays

The New York Times Magazine's demeaning photos for their young gay married couples piece is not, alas, out of the ordinary. The struggle of gay couples for basic equality and treatment must always be illustrated by camp, must it not? Dan Savage notes another depressing example:

And how does the AFP illustrate this story about marriage rights and discrimination and religious intolerance? Why, with a picture of shirtless men dancing at the annual Mardi Gras Parade in Sydney.

Sydney isn't even in the Australian Capitol Territory! This is so typical of the straight media. Illustrate a serious story about gay rights with a picture of gay people partyingbecause all gay people are silly queens dancing around shirtless or running around in bad drag. The subtext is this: Gay issues are just as silly as gay people are.