Journo Nina Burleigh’s got some interesting thoughts on the Republican party:
Republicans in Washington know there are probably more gay men in their ranks than there are on Castro Street.
Still, against all logic and sense, they won’t utter a word about tolerance.
It’s time for Republicans to embrace their own gay wing and stop fueling the sickness of suppression that drives men like Larry Craig into airport bathroom stalls. Until they do, they’re headed straight for the toilet with him — not that they shouldn’t jump right in anyway.
Ain’t that the truth…
A few will. When the late Rev. Falwell went on his “Telly-Tubbies” rant, GOP operative Mary Maitlan did call the Rev. out for his homophobia. Alas she is one among few.
Why do they ignore them? Why do gay GOPers stay in the closet?
Simple: heterosexual privilege. They can hide their proclivities and portray themselves as upstanding WASPy citizens with the conventional, traditional American nuclear family and conventional ideals of wealth, power and success.
Being able to uphold this image while secretly engaging in gay sex allows them to stay channeled into the streams of economic and political power. That power is more addictive than any drug, and is more compelling to them than living lives of integrity and honesty.
And because of this, they will stay in the Log Cabin closet.
Alan down in Florida
Doesn’t Mary Matalin have a gay brother?
For this to work, the GOP gays have to accept the GOP gays. No one hates on the LGBTQ community more than gay conservatives, so why would a gay conservative risk coming out?
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