Santino Rice

Santino Rice is an American fashion designer and television personality. He is best known for his featured appearances on the reality television programs Project Runway, RuPaul’s Drag Race and On the Road with Austin and Santino. He’s also appeared in several other TV shows and has been a judge of the Miss Universe Pageant. He is openly gay, which he proudly embraces as part of his public identity.

Santino Rice on Gen Jones:
While a member of Generation X himself, Santino has made a point of consistently including Generation Jones in his various social media posts about generations, like in this tweet to his over 100,000 Twitter followers in February 2020.

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Karen Tongson

Karen Tongson is a widely known and esteemed advocate for LGBTQ+ issues. Karen is the author of Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries, Why Karen Carpenter Matters and Normporn. In 2019, she received the prestigious Lambda Literary Jeanne Córdova Award for her body of work in Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction. She is Professor of English, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and American Studies & Ethnicity at USC, and Chair of the Gender & Sexuality Studies Department. She is married to media scholar and TV critic Sarah Kessler.

Karen Tongson on Gen Jones:
Karen has publicly discussed Generation Jones multiple times, like here in November 2022: “But also, as many have pointed out, the demographic breakdown lumps in Generation Jones (born between 1955-1965), who are an entirely different, late-boomer group. I have more to say about them in my thirtysomething chapter in the Normporn book, but in short, it makes a diff.”

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Craig Seymour

Craig Seymour is a widely-respected journalist who has been writing about music—mostly black music—for over 20 years. He is proudly gay and has made his “gayness” a key part of his public persona. He is the author of several popular books, most notably his critically-acclaimed biography Luther: The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross. His journalistic research materials are housed as “The Craig Seymour Collection” at Indiana University’s Archives of African American Music and Culture.

Craig Seymour on Gen Jones:
Craig is so proud of his Gen Jones identity that “Generation Jones” is the first description of himself that he includes in some of his social media profile bios. He also brings up Gen Jones publicly in various situations, like here in July 2021: “I knew I never felt like Gen X…Jonesers are kids of the 60s, formed in idealism. But we came of age during the worsening economy of the ’70s…the KEY difference between Gen X and Gen Jones is that X’ers didn’t have the ’60s at all.”

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