8 responses

  1. Ryan
    April 28, 2012

    Another good example of a homophobe might be someone who mocks lesbians for not looking feminine enough. Someone like Richard Grenell.

  2. Mary
    April 28, 2012

    If anyone is looking for a little refresher about what homophobes can accomplish if they get a little traction, I recommend “The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in 20th Century America.” It’s an academic book, but pretty readable.

  3. Stephen
    April 28, 2012

    Please don’t lump together Christie and the president. Also, please don’t suggest that Romney’s lack of principle is somehow equivalent with president Obama’s attempt to deal with a Republican party whose sole aim since he took office is to destroy him. No, all politicians are not the same. And no, not all gay Republicans are viewed as being quislings. That term is reserved for those who actively work to hurt us.

  4. Brant
    April 28, 2012

    I hope that you can understand why most lgbt’s find it almost mystifying that there are some gay people support a party where their most vocal wish to deny lgbt’s any rights, and their ‘moderates’ do not denounce those claims.

    I understand the necessity of havin. Lgbt’s in both parties, and especially the republican party, since they are the most homophobic of the two, but Grenell (among other conservative gays) seems to have no problem verbally attacking other lgbt’s strictly ad hominem, and supporting candidates who are at least publicly homophobic.

    I have no problem with a log cabin type republican, but the GOProud type seems (emphasis on seems) to take some mental gymnastics to understand.

  5. Reed
    April 28, 2012

    “Homophobe” is a such a strange word. It almost cloaks the hatred with a certain psychological detachment. I much prefer the term proffered in “After the Ball”: “homo-hatred.”

  6. MCB
    April 28, 2012

    The “phobia” in homophobia is the same as the one in xenophobia. It can mean fear, but it also means intolerance, aversion, and hatred. The Greek phobos means “fleeing.”

    Also, screw being allowed to discriminate. If history teaches us anything it’s that the right to discriminate winds up screwing over minorities and encouraging majority privilege. Homosexuality may be gaining more acceptance now, but the next group to be marginalized won’t appreciate it if we decide that it’s now okay to discriminate again.

  7. David Waite
    April 28, 2012

    Stephen, please don’t take this personally; I feel sure you are a nice person who naturally gives others the benefit of the doubt and judges others by your own high standards of decency.

    Unlike Timothy, I’m a liberal and have been one since 1955. (I don’t call myself a progressive because no one can or will take my self-label from me with pejorative lies about liberals.) When Timothy Kincaid wrote this:

    “(And to be honest – okay, to be cynical – Romney’s opposition to marriage equality is probably as firmly committed as his opposition to mandated health care or any other position he happens to be espousing today. He seems to share with our current president – and most of our past ones – a strong devotion to whichever way the wind is blowing.)”

    I say he wrote pure fact. Pure FACT. No one can possibly support marriage equality publicly in 1996, pretend to have been influenced by religion to oppose it in 2004 and 2008, and then claim his views on it are “evolving,” without being a lying politician who qualifies for the Mittens Etch-A-Sketch award.

    What Tim wrote was truth. Sometimes the truth hurts. Hiding from truth by denying its reality leaves one’s ostrich behind out in the air to be thoroughly kicked. Protect your booty.

  8. Mark F.
    April 30, 2012

    “Please don’t lump together Christie and the president.”

    Why not? They both officially oppose marriage equality at the moment but don’t seem to really have a big problem with gay people.

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