Dan Savage on meth abuse, sex addiction, and gay Republicans – a simply brilliant must read

Dan Savage writes of GOProud, a newish gay Republican organization that recently endorsed Mitt Romney after admitting that they’d have endorsed any GOP presidential candidate, regardless of who it was (a bizarre admission for any group that claims to be a “gay rights group,” even a Republican one).

Dan’s post is brilliant. He talks about homophobia and how it destroys gay lives, while the haters then use those destroyed lives to justify our further oppression, only ruining even more lives in the process.  He then segues to GOProud.

Read the entire thing.  Please.  Here’s a snippet:

The hard-right gay Republican organization—a rightwing front group that exists to pinkwash the GOP—endorsed Mitt Romney last week. Romney, of course, opposes marriage equality. Romney supports DOMA. Romney has pledged to write anti-gay bigotry into the U.S. Constitution. Romney opposed the repeal of DADT. Romney opposes the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Romney opposes adoptions by same-sex couples. GOProud’s endorsement of Romney, while not a surprise, was annoying, and it prompted me to send out this tweet: “The GOP’s house faggots grab their ankles, right on cue. Pathetic.” The boys at GOProud accused me of using a hate term and claimed that I had bullied them. For the record, boys, this is what the bullying of an adult looks like. Politically-active adults taking the piss out of each other—and you guys have called me all sorts of lovely names—isn’t bullying. And “faggot” is a word I’ve used to describe myself (on MSNBC!), it’s a term I’ve used to describe my husband (in books!), it’s a term my friends and I use to describe each other (all the time!). “Faggot” isn’t an insult in my book—that’s why I had to stick the word “house” in front of it.

Anyway, mixing it up with GOProud last week got me thinking about why a gay man would endorse—much less “commit significant resources” to help elect—a man who has pledged, if elected, to do as much harm as he possibly can to gay people. I mean, what kind of faggot supports a politician who would do him harm?

Oh, right: the same kind of faggot who would harm himself with drugs or alcohol or sex. The kind of gay men who don’t like themselves or other gay people much. But while most self-loathing, self-destructive gay men are content to abuse booze, drugs, or dick, the self-hating GOProud boys abuse themselves with politics. And just like gay meth addicts who aren’t satisfied harming only themselves, the boys at GOProud aren’t satisfied harming only themselves. They want to harm other gay people—they want to harm all gay people—by getting Mitt Romney elected. And just like your meth-addicted friend who pushed the drug on you, or your drunk friend who mocked you for stopping at four, or your sexually out-of-control friend who insisted that you were a prude if you didn’t play the come dump with him down at the bathhouse, the GOProud boys want you to abuse yourself the same way that they’re abusing themselves. They want you to vote for Mitt Romney for the same reason your meth-addicted pal wanted you to use that stupid drug.

Because they’re damaged.

Never prouder to call Dan my friend.


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  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Does GOProud have a time machine? You say you exist because of Floyd Corker shooting a guard at the FRC (not attempting to blow up the FRC). Simply checking the facts shows GOProud was established in 2009. How do you explain that?

  • mrbenz7

    What a load of crap! I’m not at all proud to call Dan my friend or representative of anything else! He’s nearly as big a hypocrite as you are John! Do you really think that Obama cares about gay rights? Really? If that’s your point at least it proves you don’t know gay people at all! GOProud exists because Floyd Corker who tried to blow up the family research council is someone we are NOT proud of! Bradley Manning should have the book thrown at him and be charged with treason! Meth addicts and alcoholics as well as gay people who hate themselves and each other for a reason, because Liberalism is a disease like STD’s that just keeps on giving with no responsibility! GOProud supports gay marriage because we believe it will strengthen marriage by encouraging monogamy and responsibility, something lacking in Dan Savages world just like it does in yours. We are concerned about the National debt piling up and being bestowed on the next generation who will inherit our disaster because we are not willing to sacrifice the I Wants now.

    John, it is people like you that make me cringe and it’s not because I hate myself or other gay people. It’s because your fake concern gets you the attention you want so you can wear the cause of gay rights like a big diamond ring at a cocktail party showing it off while bragging about your trip to the islands. There are a lot of Gay Conservatives out here who are rising up in groups like GOProud because of people like Colonel Margareth Cammermeyer who served in our military honorably and earned the respect of her troops so much that when the army tried to give her a dishonorable discharge for being a Lesbian, the whole staff at Fort Lewis Washington called a press conference and walked off a military base abandoning it in front of cameras and witnesses effectively risking court martials to register their protest!

    I encourage everyone to read my article in Digital Journal about why I’m a conservative and why I believe it’s worth the fight to get Gay Marriage right! http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/346641
    Pleas don’t speak for us any longer. we have no desire to be the bastard stepchild of you or Dan Savage. You two are low rent.

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