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Barclay, Paris  (b. 1956)  
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In 2001 Barclay won the GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Stephen F. Kolzak Award for his work in combating homophobia. He has also supported the Human Rights Campaign, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, and Project Angel Food, among other causes.

Barclay is the long-time partner of Christopher Mason, an executive in the food industry. The couple had airline tickets for a flight on September 11, 2001 but opted to fly to California a day earlier; otherwise, they would have been on one of the planes that were crashed into the World Trade Center.

"After that, Paris and I came to the conclusion that we needed to make a difference in the world," Mason told Anne Stockwell of The Advocate. "For us, that meant adopting some kids."

Mindful of the fact that African-American boys are the least likely children to be adopted, Barclay and Mason chose to add two such sons to their family.

On September 14, 2008, Barclay and Mason were married in a ceremony that was at once personal and political. Their sons, William and Cyrus, served as ring-bearers. Barclay and Mason also used their nuptials as an event to raise funds for the election of Barack Obama and for Equality California's campaign against Proposition 8.

When asked by Shulman about his views on the comparison of the movement for glbtq rights and the movement for civil rights for African Americans in the 1960s, Barclay stated, "I feel that if we really believe in civil rights, just as Jesse Jackson was always saying with the Rainbow Coalition, we believe in them for everybody, and that's that. End of story. It actually irritates me when people are upset about the parallel as if, in some way, it cheapens the black civil rights movement. To have true equality for all men and women in the United States means everybody. It doesn't mean you get to pick your constituency."

In response to a further question from Shulman, Barclay expressed his support for the community, declaring that "if they are people who are discriminated against, people we have a relationship with, then we should put them on our list of people that we're going to go down with."

Linda Rapp

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Although there are frequently social and legal barriers to overcome, adoption is an important way in which lesbian and gay male couples create families.

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American television has made significant strides in its portrayal of homosexuals in dramatic series and movies, but cable networks have been more daring than the "big three" broadcast networks.

arts >> Overview:  American Television, Reality Shows

Reality television viewers have come increasingly to expect the appearance of gay men and lesbians on these shows because their presence helps further underscore the "reality" in Reality TV.

arts >> Overview:  American Television, Situation Comedies

American television sitcoms have consistently reflected the presence of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people, often in distorted and stereotyped ways, but occasionally in ways that acknowledge our humanity and complexity.

arts >> Overview:  Film Directors

Gay, lesbian, and bisexual film directors have been a vital creative presence in cinema since the medium's inception over one hundred years ago.

social sciences >> Overview:  Gaybashing

Violence perpetrated against people thought by their attackers to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered occurs with disturbing frequency in the United States and other countries.

arts >> Overview:  Music Video

Gay and lesbian content in music videos was rare in the early 1980s, but with more openly gay and bisexual artists that situation has gradually changed.

arts >> Overview:  Musical Theater and Film

The musical has been a significant aspect of American gay male culture, manifesting itself both in diva worship and, more recently, in the presentation of openly gay characters and shows written by gay writers primarily for gay audiences.

literature >> Overview:  Musical Theater

There has always been homosexual involvement in American musical theatre and a homosexual sensibility even in straight musicals, and recently the Broadway musical has welcomed openly homosexual themes and situations.

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Barclay, Paris. "A Letter to Judge Roberts." The Advocate 946 (September 13, 2005): 88.

_____. "My Father's Dance." The Advocate 832 (February 27, 2001): 43.

Feran, Tom. "Hopes Are High That 'Angels' Will Fly." Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio) (January 19, 2000): 1E.

"HIV/AIDS; World Television Premiere Event: The Film 'Pedro' Airs on MTV, MTV Tr3s, mtvU & LOGO on Wednesday, April 1 at 8:00 PM." TB & Outbreaks Weekly (Atlanta) (March 17, 2009): 69.

Russo, Tom. "Paris Barclay's Long Road to 'Letters from 'Nam.'" Boston Globe (September 2, 2001): L6.

Shulman, Randy. "Signature Moments: Paris Barclay Talks about the Vietnam War, Gay Marriage, and the Fabric of Hate." Metro Weekly (Washington, D. C.) (September 10, 2009):

Stockwell, Anne. "Love Stories: Paris Barclay and Christopher Mason." The Advocate 1018 (November 2008): 33.


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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Barclay, Paris   
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
    Publication Date: 2011  
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