Sunday, October 08, 2006

The List

The New York Times reports of a list with names of senior Congressional aides who are gay; it has been dubbed The List and it's currently circulating around media newsrooms and the nation's capital.

[A] group of gay activists, angered by what they see as hypocrisy by gay Republicans, have begun circulating a document known as The List, a roster of gay Congressional staff members and their Republican bosses.

David Corn confirms that he's seen the list and without naming aides, no surprise that staff members from Sen. George Allen's Senate office are on the list. Previously, it had been widely reported that Allen's office was swarming with gays at senior level positions.

Corn writes:
What's interesting about The List--which includes nine chiefs of staffs, two press secretaries, and two directors of communications--is that (if it's accurate) it shows that some of the religious right's favorite representatives and senators have gay staffers helping them advance their political careers and agendas. These include Representative Katherine Harris and Henry Hyde and Senators Bill Frist, George Allen, Mitch McConnell and Rick Santorum. Should we salute these legislators for being open-minded enough to have such tolerant hiring practices? After all, Santorum in a 2003 AP interview compared homosexuality to bestiality, incest and polygamy. It would be rather big of Santorum to employ a fellow who engages in activity akin to such horrors. That is, if Santorum knows about his orientation.
Oh, make no mistake about it, who better to frame homophobia and the gay "issue" than someone who is gay himself?

Besides, it's a nifty little way to absolve the sins of bigotry with the blood of an overworked staff member. Employ a few gays who will work their asses off and then you can claim what a magnimous swell guy you are for bringing an "untouchable" into the bosom of your office.

Comments:
It's mostly white, gay men who work for Republicans, although there is the occasional lesbian. Like many of the Republicans they work for, these men think they are above the fray. As long as they help promote an anti-gay agenda during they day they think it doesn't matter who THEY have sex with at night.

It's an internalized homophobia that allows them to work against their own personal self interest. Maybe to some, money is more important than matters of the libido.

And there are suggestions that it's not only members of Congress who have gay staff. There are rumors swirling around high level officials in the Bush Administration.

I've been out for more than 25 years and cannot imagine how anyone who is gay or lesbian could work for the majority of Republicans in office today.


BAC
 
Huh? Liberal speak... Vague generalizations... blah, blah, blah

My 9 year old could write something that makes more sense than this comment...

suggestions... rumors... have you ever heard of the concept of facts?
 
How many gay Republicans do you know?

If you are unsure, go ask your anonymous 9 year old ... if you really have one.


BAC
 
The anonymous 9-year old is probably a "page in the making."

GOPers are a bunch of phony hypocrites with repressed sexual appetites. Thus, instead of healthy relationships with like-minded spirits, their repression manifests in perversion.
 
A Republican party who has a whole slew of gays working at the White House and then are constantly battling against the gay agenda. How smug and selfish of them to partake and work for the very people who seek to make their life a living hell. By opposing the gay marriage ban. You'd be surprised if most of those in the Administration are gay. It's a don't ask don't tell thing. The opposing is the drama, what's life without all the drama. They can say whatever they want to make certain organizations happy but that does not mean that they are with them.
 
There is a lot of privilege that comes with being a white man in this country -- regardless of your sexual orientation. Unfortunately, some choose to place perceived self interest ahead of true self interest. So, you have some affluent white gay men working for conservative religious right policy makers -- from Congress to the White House.


BAC
 
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