In anyone's life they have done/caused to be done things that are good, bad and in between. That most certainly can be said about Hugh Marston Hefner.
On one hand he was guilty of the objectifying women, but on the other, he was an advocate for women's reproductive, educational, employment and personal rights.
The area where he was quite vocal, and the reason I'm posting about him in a positive way, was his support of the LGBTQ community, LGBTQ rights and his unwavering support for same-sex marriage.
It had a HUUUUGE impact when one of our cultural icons of heterosexuality said,
“The fight for gay marriage is, in reality, a fight for all of our rights. Without it, we will turn back the sexual revolution and return to an earlier, puritanical time.
Today, in every instance of sexual rights falling under attack, you’ll find legislation forced into place by people who practice discrimination disguised as religious freedom. Their goal is to dehumanize everyone’s sexuality and reduce us to using sex for the sole purpose of perpetuating our species. To that end, they will criminalize your entire sex life.”
He was equally as open about the threat of HIV/AIDS not being a "gay plague",
“The only thing ‘wrong’ with AIDS is the way our government responded to it. They are culpable on many, many levels.
I have chosen every aspect of human sexuality – and the discrimination that goes along with some of those aspects – as my major concern. Homosexuality and, later, the homophobia that surrounds the AIDS crisis are part of a much bigger picture for me.”
So "bon voyage" and R.I.P., dude. You were more than a bit of a perv, but at least you were honest about it.
Thanks for your support of my community and your support of a LOT of things that are important to me, such as LGBTQ rights, same-sex marriage, women's reproductive rights, homeless youths, the environment, etc.
P.S. Say hi to Marilyn Monroe for me and tell her I always thought she was hot as hell.