In The Fever Swamps

July Is Ex-Gay Pride Month, and Other Right Wing Lunacies

In this week’s tour of the fever swamps, we get to look at the alternate universe of ex-gay pride, the coming generation of barbarians and the marriage equality resistance force.

Too much fun during gay pride? There right-wing has a cure for that —literally. Despite Exodus closing its doors, Voice of the Voiceless (VoV) soldiers on, promoting July as the first-ever Ex-Gay Pride Month. In case, you’ve never heard of VoV, it’s basically an anti-ex-gay defamation group, or, in other words, a group of self-haters who feel picked on. You are cordially invited to attend the Awareness Event and Dinner Reception. All you need to do is send a bio and headshot to VoV for approval. If that sounds like a low-tech Grindr–well, we couldn’t possibly comment.

We can always count on Linda Harvey to keep striving for her personal off-the-wall best, and she never disappoints. Her latest: marriage equality will turn children into “barbarians.” In a variation of her usual rant about how anything gay harms children, Harvey said marriage equality is “going to mess with their hearts, their minds, their spirits, and their bodies” because the “security level” that was once in place in society will be gone. “I think that we are looking toward; I don’t know that this is, maybe it’s too strong a word, but raising barbarians,” Harvey concluded. This comes just days after Harvey suggested that young people accepting their gay peers was like believing that the sun revolved around the earth. Seems Linda’s stuck somewhere around the year 1500, which seems about right given her opinions.

MassResistance just wishes we were among the more enlightened countries. Like Russia and Nigeria. The Massachusetts-based group issued a press release applauding the passage of vicious antigay legislation in Nigeria and blaming antigay violence in Russia on, you guessed it, the victims. “Although in some cases the punishments are more draconian than Westerners are comfortable with, there is a sense that these nations do not want their cultural decisions dictated by the United States and other Western countries.” As for the violence in Russia, it was “unfortunate” (a synonym for “you had it coming”) but “provoked by homosexual activists” who had staged a kiss-in.

And if you think this week was fun, wait until the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality next week. The right wing is already vowing to disobey the Court ruling if it is favorable to equality.  We can hardly wait to see the fumes rising from the swamp!

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  • Triple S

    Notice how people automatically think by including the phrase ‘right-wing,’ even though it may not be, it makes whatever it is they are describing evil? Not sure why. We’ve seen way more examples of evil left-wing in the world than right-wing.

  • AladinSane

    right wing
    1. The conservative or reactionary faction of a group.

    Please describe how both uses in this post are neither?

  • CreoClay

    If they’re going to pick a month for a celebration of Gay Shame, they should really consider a month that isn’t defined by going to the beach and explosions of colorful fire in the air. Maybe just have it on the coldest day of the year.

    I can see it now! Members of the “cured” community can march in gender conforming clothing with signs proclaiming “you are loved but only if you reject part of yourself” Floats drive by in slow procession depicting the history of conversion therapy. Oh look! There’s the aversion therapy float! They decided to use Real electric shocks on it this year. Edgy! And look! There is the Church intervention float! A group of family and important figures in the struggling person’s life surround them in embrace and chant “God loves you but Hates your Sin. You can overcome this Sickness.” They throw not candy but rubber bands with which you can snap yourself if you feel same sex attraction. Ohhh, my favorite is next. The ‘I can Lead a Double Life Dancers’!!! Opposite sex couples slow dancing modestly while dozens of Grindr notifications go off.

    …I can’t even satirize this anymore. This is really sad to think about the individuals who succumb to the shame their communities and family put on them.

  • D9W

    …”a group of self-haters who feel picked on”…

    Oh you mean people like Michele Bachmann and the GOP?

  • ShowMeGuy

    @CreoClay: You’re funny. You should do this professionally.

  • Boosh


    no joke I would watch this sketch on Comedy Central. Why is there no genius gay duo on CC that lampoons homophobia and heteronormativity? Like a gay Key & Peele. It would be awesome.

  • Harley

    Wow. Now all we need is the “ex-black” month, or the “ex-left handed” month. How about the “ex-tooth” month as most of these jokers are probably missing most if not all of their teeth, since brushing is an abomination according to the bible. Oh, hell. Just give me a pulled pork sandwich while I go put on my poly-blend shirt and go rape some girl and make her my wife. Then I’ll go enjoy my 600 concubines, as outlined in my bible as legitimate marriages.

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