The “gay villain” is an old phenomenon, usually imposed on us from outsiders who hate us. We like to think of ourselves as a group of heroic underdogs working together to create a more equal and caring world. But every now and then it is true that a bad seed comes along. Maybe it’s the result of the damage of bigotry. Or maybe, like everyone else, we can go bad, too.
The fact that more and more gay villains are rearing their heads out into the world is actually a good thing. It’s a sign of progress in society. We are slowly but surely liberating ourselves from the “underdog” role and becoming an essential part of the mainstream, warts and all. With that, of course, comes both heroes and villains.
Scroll down to see our list of the worst gays of 2013.
Lesbian waitress Dayna Morales made headlines in November when she claimed a family of four stiffed her on an $18 tip at a New Jersey restaurant, instead leaving a nasty note that read:
“sorry I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle & the way you live your life.”
As a result, Morales enjoyed national media attention and collected more than 3k in sympathetic donations from people across the country.
A week or so later, the family Morales accused of not tipping came forward to call her bluff. Shortly after that, Morales’ friends and colleagues also came forward to say that she was a “pathological liar.”
Morales finally admitted the whole thing was a hoax, then pledged to give the donations she collected to Wounded Warriors, a war veterans charity, but neglected to do so until the organization told one press outlet that they had yet to receive a penny from the woman.
“Ex-gay” activist Chris Doyle has had a busy year. In July, he coordinated an “Ex-Gay” Pride Rally in Washington, D.C. Thousands were expected to attend; less than 20 actually did. Afterwards, Queerty interviewed Doyle, who claimed fear of harassment and violent threats were the cause of the low turnout. Asked to produce evidence, Doyle refused.
In October, Doyle coordinated the first annual “Ex-Gay” Award Dinner and Reception, which was held in an undisclosed location in Virginia. It was reported that 60 people attended, but with only one Christian press outlet allowed to cover the event, it’s a good guess that the number was highly exaggerated.
Also in October, Doyle conducted an undercover investigation of Virginia’s public universities to see if LGBT resource centers were providing adequate information on ways to become “ex-gay.” Afterwards, he issued a press release of his findings and called for counselors to undergo sensitivity training and professional development on how to treat those seeking to change sexual orientations.
Love him or hate him (probably hate him), there’s no denying that Doyle is a man of conviction determined to share his message with the world. We wish Doyle well with his personal hetero quest; however, it is simply wrong to denigrate his fellow gays and lesbians in the process.
Rep. Jo Jordan
Out lesbian Hawaii State Rep. Jo Jordan confused the hell out of everyone when she voted against marriage equality in the Aloha state back in November.
Afterwards, she gave a long, rambling explanation for doing so which included the word “grrrr” twice and in which she said something about her religion being a mountain. (Read the explanation in full here.)
The Family Research Council applauded Jordan for betraying her community, releasing a statement that read, in part: “It doesn’t matter who you are, homosexual activists will harass anyone who isn’t one hundred percent sold out to their radical agenda to remake society. Unfortunately, Jo Jordan found that out the hard way.”
From respected lesbian lawmaker to poster child for the FRC. Oh, how the mighty can fall.
Robert Oscar Lopez
Every now and then antigay activist and homoerotic novelist Robert Oscar Lopez slithers out from under the rocks to talk about why gay people, but especially lesbians, are supposedly the scum of the earth.
Lopez, an “ex-gay bisexual” raised by a lesbian mother, became a golden child among social conservatives when he claimed that growing up in a same-sex household had damaged him, calling it “child abuse,” and saying it’s what has led to his own “adult social dysfunction.” Every consider taking responsibility for own actions, Robert?
After same-sex marriage was made legal in Hawaii this year, he gave an interview in which he compared gay parents to human traffickers, saying they “end up buying children overseas.”
Interestingly, also this year, Lopez self-published two gay-themed novels, Johnson Park: Five Gay Boys, One Street, Too Much Shade and The Melville Affair: Lust, Intrigue, and Terror Latin Style.
Needless to say, neither of the books made the bestsellers lists.
Lesbian Sarah Bray attracted national media attention in November when she claimed she was banned from visiting to her partner Jennifer Clemmer’s hospital room. Clemmer was checked into the St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis after an alleged prescription drug overdose.
“We are in a partnership,” a tearful Bray said at the time. “It’s heart-wrenching. If I were a man and this were my wife, there would be no issue.”
Turns out, the whole thing was a charade.
A week later, on November 20, Bray was arrested and charged with battery and criminal confinement. It was alleged that she had beaten Clemmer unconscious, then staged the whole prescription drug overdose in an attempt to cover up the abuse, which had been going on for years. Bray’s own children confirmed the allegations. The hospital staff was on to her, which is why they wouldn’t let her in the room.
If she is convicted, Bray could face up to four years in prison.
Sucks to be her.