Can Gay Action Stars Become Straight? Are We Helping Ann Coulter? Should We Fight for Trans Equality?
Time for the Queerty weekend post with five of the most compelling, thought-provoking (or just downright bitchy) comments that came directly from you! Here’s what made us ponder or giggle to ourselves in the office.
1. Conversion therapy is not just for gays. In fact, we’re making scientific progress in turning straight men into homosexuals. A technique which uses drugs to alter hormone levels and stimulate hypersexuality. I just wish the media would cover both sides of the story and give us more credit.
— Kev C comments in mock disapproval at media bias on White Liberals Burn Tote Bags As NPR Admits It Flubbed Ex-Gay Story
2. His publicist says he shouldn’t talk about his personal life. His coming out was “immaturity”. Then why the hell is he talking about dating women now? Isn’t that personal, too? He should say no comment. What makes this situation particularly offensive is that he himself said, “I knew I was going to have to do interviews with gay magazines, so I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to have to be open’. It’s who I am. And if people don’t like it, then I don’t want their jobs. I’ve never been a very good liar.” How do you rationalize pretending to date women (lying) after a statement like that? He should have fired any handlers that advised him to do it. He could just do like Matt Bomer and say nothing about his private life. Matt even talks about his kids, but nothing about his husband. Don’t give them any new quotes and all they will have is old news. Lying is just going to create scandal and ruin his credibility.
— jonjon1968 gives PR advice on Action Star Luke Evans Doesn’t Realize His Gay Past Is All Over The Internets
3. How can one “hate” Ann Coulter? I mean, obviously the things she says are worthy of criticism and, at least, public condemnation. They’re silly and deliberately cruel, like a poor imitation of how a child describes vegetables. It’s a game, though. She’s not a very bright gal, and would obviously support the contrary view if the money were as good. And that’s what it all comes down to: money. I’m uncomfortable that Ann Coulter is given this much coverage to say things that I disagree with for money. But I hate that we live in a society that has enabled her to make a career out of saying these things that I disagree with a lot more than I could ever hate the former [sentence], or the buzz that this faux outrage generates for her (no one of any worth is truly pissed off by what she has to say anymore, and if you are, you’re a fool. Genuine outrage ONLY feeds her brand, and is what she craves). How easy it is to be used. Do any of you ever feel used by posts like this?
— Ganondorf thinks we are giving Coulter just what she wants on We Agree With GOProud: Ann Coulter Is A Gay Icon!
4. We need a proper “Boycott Watch”, giving us a comprehensive list of all homophobic companies. We can start by placing New Balance at the top of the list.
— Skeloric gives us a good idea on New Balance: “Please Don’t Hate Us Because Our Chairman Gave $500K To Mitt Romney”
5. I do support and champion and fight for Trans Equality – even though I’m just a gay man. Just as my non-gay family and friends fight for, promote, and CHAMPION LGBT Equality, even though none of them are LGBT.
I fight hard for Transgender rights and awareness and understanding, but you have to offer applicable plans and solutions, not complaints.
If gay men won’t stand up for and fight for trans people, then gay men can fucking forget having the support of the non-gay communities.
–Little Kiwi makes a big case for empathy and unity on Why Have You Marriage-Hungry Homos Forsaken Our Trans Brothers And Sisters?