White4DarkerFL saidWhy don't you take your enthusiasm and debating skills to the homphobes in the GOP?
If you went to where Republicans-conservatives-Christians gathered and debated the homophobes, you might move the GOP into more gay friendly territory, and more gays would vote your way...if that is your objective.
And if you don't, I wonder why not?
As I have done for over 40 years and written about extensively right here on RJ. I have had but ONE incident in those 41 years.
I believe the question is about Republican policies, not "incidents."
It was not an unreasonable question.
"le sigh" my ass
The premise of the question was "debated the homophobes"
and I answered.
Yes, you have the chops to go out to GOP gatherings and bring the issue home.
When Lt. Dan Choi comes out and argues he can be an effective Marine and gay, both the Marines and Asian communities are more likely to listen to him.
That was exactly my point! I had a fantastic incident/opportunity with the Santa Monica Bay Republican Club in 96 during the Dole campaign, which ultimately ended up with me sitting next to Ralph Reed of the Christian coalition for a dinner at the RMN library. Folks dressed for the occasion and I have an extensive collection of past Repub campaign buttons and my suit jacket was covered with them. The only slight difference is the one I had on my tie was the rainbow triangle. Back in those days, it really hadn’t caught on much and very few knew what it was. So most folks were mesmerized with my 100+ yr old collection of buttons and it would almost always prompt the viewer to ask, innocently I might add, what the triangle was for. I would always with a smile saying … that means I’m a fag and watched their face while they tried to collect themselves. It was great fun.
Seriously though, I hope I made some difference. We agree on almost everything else – in fact I’m usually the most right wing person in the room on almost all other issues. After giving my name my tag line is “I’m a right wing homo”. Best way to start is always with good laugh. And it upends their equilibrium and its blast to watch them figure out how to react.
They listen because I have impeccable right wing credentials similar to your analogy in re: Lt Dan. I can’t change the world, but I get ‘em one by one. You don’t get them, btw, by hurling unending insults and ad hominem attacks from the other side of the aisle as seems to be the MO here with most folks. It doesn’t work.
We "Repubs" agree on almost everything else – in fact I’m usually the most right wing person in the room on almost all other issues. After giving my name my tag line is “I’m a right wing homo or queer”. I'm never PC, but hurl the same slight at me that maybe they're thinking and won't verbalize. Takes the fire right out of it. I often introduce myself that way. Best way to start is always with good laugh and I’m always good for a cheap laugh at my expense. In fact it’s a sign of endearment. And it upends their equilibrium and its blast to watch them figure out how to react. Sorry to keep talking about the ‘96’ incident, but that’s all there is in 41 years of queerness.