November 12, 2006

The Party of the Angry Closet

I found this post on the blog Proceed At Your Own Risk which took a different spin on what appears to be a crowded closet in the Republican Party.

"It may very well be that the GOP's abominable homophobic campaign and party rhetoric is primarily fueled by a long-standing core and tradition of pathologically self-hating closeted gay men in key positions."

"So, I'm posing an ugly and incredibly distasteful question that the gay community must ask itself. Would a national political campaign be so focused on homophobia if not for the presence and influence of so many self-loathing closeted gay Republicans? When we blame straights for Republican and Christian homophobia are we pointing the finger in the wrong direction?

And are we ourselves, in a gay community sense, at least partly responsible if not primarily responsible for fueling this nightmare?

If this theory is even partly correct, then it is critical and vital to our future that we hunt down and expose these men with urgency and even brutality."

"It's time to consider that our collective silence on this issue and with regard to these individuals may be one of the root causes of national homophobia institutionalized by one of our two political parties.

The gay community may be more responsible for homophobia than we care to admit. Furthermore, the gay community may have more control over its own future than we care to address. In some circumstances, outing may be as much of a civic duty as voting. Forgive the cliche, but growing pains are an inevitable part of life and maturation; and now may be the time for some pain."

The word brutality seems to cross a line, but overall his points seem to make a lot of sense to me. What do you think?


  1. I have no sympathy for these gay men and women who work so hard to deny the rest of us the right to marry, the right to work without fear of discrimination and the right to be happy. Being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender is nothing to be ashamed of and yet these people in the Republican Party are just that, ashamed. So, I say out every last one of them as publicly as possible.

  2. Gay Republican politicians aren't self-loathing -- gay Republican VOTERS are self-loathing, since they believe it is appropriate for their rights to be subject to a majority vote.

    Since all politicians are, by definition, moral defectives, there's little point in trying to single out a special pathology for closeted gay Republican politicians. It's plain old power lust, just like the rest of them.

  3. I've been thinking about having a T-shirt made that says, "Yes, I'm queer. No, I'm not Republican."