Crocodile Tears for Gay Conservatives
Over at Daily Caller, Lisa De Pasquale frets about the sad fate of gay conservatives:
Everyone from Justin Bieber to Joe Biden has recorded videos in support of the “It Gets Better” project, which aims to give gay youth hope and encouragement. The project was started after several gay youth committed suicide because of anti-gay bullying.
Many prominent gay activists on the left and LGBT-friendly organizations like the Human Rights Campaign have posted “It Gets Better” videos. Unfortunately, in other contexts these activists and organizations behave like bullies themselves.
Dan Savage, the “It Gets Better” project’s co-founder, has been just as vicious toward gay conservatives as schoolyard bullies have been toward their gay classmates. In an MSNBC interview, Savage referred to the members of GOProud, an organization of gay conservatives, as “gay Quislings and useful idiots.” He said they were just “window dressing” for bigoted Republicans. Like a schoolyard bully, Savage ridicules people who are different from him.
It’s well known that gay conservatives have often been driven to suicide because of the nasty, nasty things that mean old Dan Savage said to them on the playground.
There’s a false equivalence here. Adults aren’t kids. Unlike elementary school, no one ever forces anyone to enter public life. We treat kids like kids, and adults… well, adults can take a few insults. Especially if they’re going to enter the contentious world of politics, where if you’re not insulted, you’re not making a difference. As a politically active adult, insult is the water in which you swim.
Just this morning I received an e-mail, personally addressed, promising among other things that “GayScam will be ended” and commending to me the virtues of the ex-gay group NARTH. I’ve been called a useful idiot more times than I care to count. I’ve been called a stooge for the right. And for the left. And for the Koch brothers, whatever it is they’re up to.
I have to wonder: Is Ms. De Pasquale equally concerned for the mental health of Dan Savage himself? I’ve seen some of his hate mail, and I have to admit, I ain’t got nothing on that. But then she’d have to point the finger at social conservatives, and that wouldn’t be nearly so fun, would it?