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The Kid Behind The Campaign To De-Queer Gustavus Adolphus College Is Soooo Not a Radical

Guess who read our post about Gustavus Adolphus College’s freshman orientation, where the incoming class is “forced” to watch a skit on sexual orientation and gender identity? Phil Cleary, the man who infiltrated orientation to bring you those secret clips of students acting all gay in front of each other!

Cleary, a Gustavus student himself who co-founded the uber-conservative student group Gusties for Restoring America, takes to his blog to identify Queerty as using Rule 11 of “Rules for Radicals,” which states: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.”

Which is totes what we were doing when we called out Cleary for attacking the college’s completely reasonable — and recommendable — attempt to familiarize students with all the types of queers they might encounter on campus.

Compare the way that they tell the story of freshman orienation at Gustavus, with a personalized, direct attack to the more subtle, non-confrontational method that I selected when simply addressing the seminars as an abstraction, without naming any individuals involved.

Don’t let their tactics suprise you. It takes less then minutes for them to turn you into what some call “a nationally syndicated “h8ter.”” Study them so you can anticipate what is coming. Then, you can learn to win on principle.

Suddenly I’m starting to feel all Andrew Shirvell in even mentioning Cleary’s name. Or I would, were it not for my core belief that bigots exercising their right to free speech, in an attempt to permit LGBTs to be terrorized, should be challenged.

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27 Comments

  • PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS

    Ohhh goody! Clearly not Gay Phil is a Queerty reader!

    Here is my message to you Phil: You are a vile little bigoted jerk. Please be so kind to let us know a single instance where a Gay person in any way whatsoever negativelly affected and or effected your life………..

    Has a Gay person ever physically assaulted you? caused you financial distress? Harmed a member of your family? please provide an example why you feel the need to toss hatred on a group who have zero effect on your life………

    You as well as every other rightwing scumbag can never provide any concrete answers as to why you feel so scared of all things Gay that you need to organize a group to focus your hatered on others that are diffent than you. You are actually nothing more than a sad pathetic little loser. The hatefull road you travel is filled with the rotting carcasses of those who spewed their hatred before you, many of them have been exposed as nothing more than selfhating Gay persons themselves………..

  • Jeff

    Cleary seems to leave out that the site he blogs CampusReform.org, a right wing extremist website which “is designed to provide conservative activists with the resources, networking capabilities, and skills they need to revolutionize the struggle against leftist bias and abuse on college campuses” The website is owned by Morton C. Blackpool’s Right Wing “Leadership Institute” (whois it) and whose past students include Karl Rove, Mitch McConnell and Joe “You Lie!”

    Oh, and I am sure that Cleary fogets to mentioon that he is also an Intern for the Office of the President at The Leadership Institute (Linkdin)

    What a little Nazi

    http://www.back2stonewall.com/2010/10/gustavus-adolphus-college-student-and.html

  • Devon

    How did he come across that article, pray tell?

    Did his left hand slip and click on the wrong link as he was browsing yesterday’s morning goods?

  • SometimesElla

    As long as he knows that when he does finally decide to come out, the Queerty community will be here to support him.

  • scott ny'er

    @SometimesElla: Ummm. Not so much. I have a hard time understanding and possibly support those who went against us and gay republicans (who support those who are against us).

  • SometimesElla

    @scott ny’er: Well sure, that’s assuming he goes the Log Cabin route, but say he doesn’t. Say he comes out and “repents” (for lack of a better word). He talks about disguising his fear with hatred and vitriol but regrets it and has grown. Would you really turn your back?

  • Jeff

    I’d get behind him. But only without lube.

    But seriously, hypoetically if he came out and “repented” he should only expect support after he undoes and makes amends for al that he had done.

  • SometimesElla

    @Jeff: agreed.

  • Phil

    Anyone heard of a google alert?

  • Tallest

    Hi phil!

    also, people, you may not realize this but using gay to insult haters doesn’t really make any sense, especially if you’re gay. Just saying.

    Oh and Phil, die in a fire plz.

  • SometimesElla

    @Tallest: I don’t see anyone using “gay” as an insult.

  • Tallest

    Not directly, but there implications in several posts that he is gay, like towards the end of #1, #2, and #4. those three imply he is gay. I prefer to think he’s just an arrogant (heterosexual) douchebag. We honestly don’t want to associate with those kinds.

  • SometimesElla

    @Tallest: It’s possible that he is just an arrogant hetero douche, but it seems that arrogant, hetero douches are usually more lazy and less passionate. Nothing seems to call people to action as fear – especially fear of him or herself.

    So when I say that he’ll come out one day, I certainly don’t mean it as an insult. In fact I’m trying to empathize. I’ve never been in such a position – full of so much fear and subsequent hate. I legitimately worry for such a person. It’s just not a healthy way to live.

  • SometimesElla

    @Tallest: See- this is what I think of when I think arrogant, hetero douche –
    http://i.imgur.com/atIEx.png

    Not particularly passionate, just lazy and ignorant, hateful, vitriolic, but not about to start a crusade.

  • Mr. Enemabag Jones

    Wow, an anti-gay conservative playing the victim card. Shocking!

    And I’m glad Mr Cleary pointed out the difference bewteen his post, and Queertys.

    Rightwingers paint people with broad brushes–all gays are this; all imigrants are that; all unions are those. Liberals on the other hand, attack individuals–Fred Phelps is this; Lou Dobbs is that; Chris Barron is one of those. Liberals judge people indivually, while conservatives chastise entire groups. As evidenced by Mr. Cleary’s first blog post, and his follow up post.

    There’s nothing “radical” about judging people individually by their actions

  • Davey Fan

    Yes, Mr Clearly is just another asshat in a long line of asshats.

  • Stratos

    What’s on the internet stays here forever. I hope a future prospective employer of Cleary’s sees what he’s done and what he’s like and it costs him the job.

  • Future Employer

    @Stratos Somebody who takes action for what they believe in?

    Viewpoints or not, I’d hire him over some lazy person who is unlikely to show up to work or even make a difference with their life.

  • Aunt Sharon

    Phil, you seem to be a smug little bigot, but sort of cute, too. Could I have a picture of your butt?

  • edgyguy1426

    well you know those Swedish types and how conservative they can be. I meant the Swedish types here and not in actual Sweden where things seem to be going quite well for us actually

  • Stefan

    The other day I went to the Facebook page to check it out. His profile is apparently secret (can’t be clicked on). Apparently he’s fine with dishing it out but he can’t take it back! Future NOM representative maybe?

  • PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS

    @Aunt Sharon: Auntie, while there is a strange cuteness about the little nazi, thru my extensive “hands on” research I have discovered that pudgy little fucks like him tend to have been ohh so very, very shortchanged by the p e n i s fairy.

    Which may explain a lot of where his anger comes from. Tired of having his partners burst out with an uncontrolable case of the giggles when he little Phil pops out………..He “clearly” can’t control it :p

  • alan brickman

    Just another famewhore….

  • Hilarious

    The words “white homophobia” and “white church” appear to be absent from this article.

    Why is that?

  • Phillip

    @Devon: For all I know he seeded the link here himself.

  • Screaming Conscience

    That’s rich – – – a gaggle of leftist bigots calling the kettle black. Well done, tolerationists.

  • Bakerboy

    Way to go Cleary. You are standing up for what you believe in and it hurts the little people who just can’t accept this. I know Cleary and he is true to the core of knowing this was not right to have freshman witness. Cleary has the backbone many of you clowns will only wish to have. In 10 years we will see who is clearly leading the ’cause’

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