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In light of prominent anti-gay activist Roy Ashburn recently being caught walking out of a gay bar, and proving once again that conservative voters have little to no Gaydar, here’s a list of 10 conservative anti-gay activists who turned out to be gay themselves.
The list includes the stories of 10 of the worst anti-gay gays.
One thing, though. How come there are no women? Surely there must be some juicy conservative lesbian scandals out there? Or are the lesbian daughters of conservative politicians able to be out and free? Because it seemed — a few years ago anyway — to be a credible conservative politician, you need a lesbian daughter, or a pregnant teen at least.
Oh, and in John McCain’s case, a wife and daughter who openly advocate for gay rights. That’ll do nicely.
The list in short:
- Troy King
- Jim West
- Richard Curtis
- Bruce Barclay
- Roy Ashburn
- Larry Craig
- Ed Schrock
- Robert Allen
- Ted Haggard
- Mark Foley
We’re keeping our eyes peeled for that anti-lesbian lesbian scandal.
There’s something universal about mothers perusing awkward and often angry conversations with their children while in the car. There’s something both twisted and thoughtful about the logic of opening up a conversation about who broke the lamp the night before or how that bottle of scotch disappeared from the liquor cabinet (or worse yet, the “birds and bees” talk) when hurtling down the road at speeds of up to sixty miles per hour with doors that lock automatically and a belt designed to keep one in one’s seat. I’ve yet to meet anyone who hasn’t experienced this to varying degrees with one or both parents.
And that’s precisely when my mother backed me into that proverbial corner where one is forced to come out. It was a conversation that I both dreaded and expected, and through the first two years of my relationship with my partner, I managed to avoid it, even with my mother’s suspicions running high after walking in on us snuggling one night (that, of course, combined with the bad influence of that woman’s college I insisted upon going to). The conversation in itself was unremarkable and unfunny, and it was precipitated by my mentioning that my partner was also, oh so coincidentally, getting her MA at the same school in which i had enrolled for mine.
It couldn’t last forever, right? My mother was disbelieving, especially as my five year-old son (irrefutable proof of my heteronormativity, right?) was sitting in the back seat. To this day, I think that’s the one element that prevents me from looking back at the situation and laughing. I can laugh at the accusations that I was going to hell, at her utter disbelief, at her assertions that I needed to be locked away in an asylum, but I can’t laugh at the fact that she did all of that in front of him as she was driving me to take him swimming and especially after he patted my arm and assured me that sometimes she just got in moods like that.
Needless to say, I was in tears and near hysterics when we reached my cousin’s pool. My parents, you see, were controlling enough to pull me out of school, to cut me off, to do some other…something. The first thing I did was put floaties on my son. The next thing I did was call my father in order that I might tell him before Mom got home. That conversation was short and mostly silent on his end.
While that conversation happened over four years ago, I still relive it in some form every time I visit home. No, it’s not pleasant, but it is by far the worst reaction to my coming out. I’ll have to post about my grandmother another time…for a laugh. And I’m thankful that I have a close support net of friends and family that didn’t and wouldn’t react that way to help me cope when it comes up yet again. And if I’m going to hell…at least the hand basket is festively covered and well stocked with booze.
AK is an academic who collects shoes. She lives with her partner and their adorable cats.
This week has seen a conservative politician in the US state of California — not come out — but dragged out. As I blogged on LezGetReal, Roy Ashburn was caught drunk driving in a state-issued vehicle, and that is how he originally made the news.
What made the news go international was the revelation that he had come from the Sacramento gay bar, Faces, and was accompanied by an unidentified man when he was stopped.
Outrage soon followed when we in the larger gay community learned that not only had a couple California newspapers known that the state senator with a 100% record on voting to oppress gay people was gay, but that the openly gay mayor of West Sacramento, Chris Cabaldon, had also known and had said nothing either.
I have a lot of sympathy for Ashburn, but I wasn’t trying to lead a double life. I just wasn’t talking about it,…I was supportive of our rights and equality. I wasn’t persecuting by day and partying by night.