Compassionate Bigotry and the Future of Anti-Gay Rhetoric


In recent weeks, a article from June 2014 has resurfaced. I read the article based on its title---5 Truths You're Not Allowed To Say About Gays In America---and have decided to give it a once-over here on the blog. While the article is now twenty months old, many of the themes it covers are very much at the forefront of current debates over LGBTQ rights. Further, the article's entire approach seems to me emblematic of hew rhetorics opponents of gay rights have used in recent years. … [Read more...]

Why Public Speculation about the Duggar Children’s Sexuality Should Be Off Limits

When Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar signed on with TLC, they put their family before the public as a form of entertainment, and that is how many Americans seem to view the Duggars---as entertainment. I'm not surprised, then, to see people publicly speculating about the Duggar children's sexuality, but I am concerned. To be clear, I'm not talking about noting that the odds are one of the Duggar kids is going to be gay. I'm talking about public speculation about the sexual orientation of in … [Read more...]

Coming Full Circle

As a teenager, I attended an anti-gay "traditional marriage" rally in my state's capital. I listened to the speakers and cheered along with the crowd. After the rally was over, I spoke with press, explaining my opposition to same-sex marriage. At the time, I had never met a gay person, or, at least, I had never met a person I knew was gay. I believed a lot of lies about the "gay lifestyle" and was convinced that gay people were secretly miserable inside.I would never have believed that, a d … [Read more...]

One Million Moms Declares War on Children of Gay Parents

I was not at all surprised to read that American Girl is receiving criticism over including an article about a girl with two dads in their magazine, but as I read the criticism and then read the controversial article itself, I was profoundly saddened. I realize that on some level, the title of this article may seem like hyperbole, but bear with me, because what's going on here is important.Let's start with a recent Washington Post article, Maryland family faces harsh criticism after daughter … [Read more...]

Jesus the Enabler

I recently came upon this in a post from RightWingWatch:On "The 700 Club" today, Pat Robertson praised a man who banned his gay grandson from bringing a "friend" to Thanksgiving dinner because "there's a real good chance that he might come out of that so-called lifestyle" as long as the family does not condone his behavior. Fielding a question from a grandfather who had told his grandson that "the presence of his sex partners would not be welcome in our home," especially on Thanksgiving, R … [Read more...]

Rand Paul: If Gay People Don’t Want to Be Discriminated Against, They Should Keep Their Gayness at Home

Rand Paul spoke with college students in Iowa last week. LA Times political writer Seema Mehta, who is following the Paul campaign, reports that the Kentucky Libertarian Republican Senator and GOP presidential candidate just said that it's OK to fire LGBT people because they can just go to work elsewhere.. . .Paul also told students that gay people shouldn't be openly gay if they want to keep their jobs, according to [tweets by] TIME Correspondent Phil Elliott: Asked about an … [Read more...]

That Jewish-Baker-Swastika-Cake Analogy Is Backwards

I recently came upon this quote by blogger Amethyst Marie: "What I'm really sick of is the "Would you expect a black caterer to work a KKK event?" or "Would you expect a Jewish baker to make a swastika cake?" rhetoric. First of all, you shouldn't have to be black or Jewish to find the KKK or neo-Nazis offensive. Second, WTF is up with this analogy? When have LGBT ever banded together to terrorize, imprison, torture, lynch, or commit genocide against Christians? If anything, the analogy should … [Read more...]