Today I am Proud to be Gay

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    Aug 13, 2008 11:57 AM GMT
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    This is one of the few websites where I feel comfortable being who I am which is a masculine gay man. As many of you know the gay world is portrayed and influenced by a lot of stuff some of us here don't really affiliate ourselves with. Plus I don't really care for labels, I don't want to call myself a bear/cub, twink, or whatever. I am just a regular dude who happens to like dudes.

    Well today a regular dude who happens to like dudes has made history. Jared Polis has become the first ever openly gay man to be elected to congress. He is a succesful, masculine, good looking guy who lives with his partner of 4 1/2 years. I am extra proud (his partner is an animal rights activist).

    Jared Polis will serve as a leader and a role model for LGBT youth everywhere. I know I am inspired and I am truely proud to be gay today, and I definitely don't say that every day!
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    Aug 13, 2008 1:26 PM GMT
    Wahey.(waves hands in air, whistles, generally acts like US Olympic swim winner)

    Good luck to the guy, it's great that out LGBT people can get elected into positions of political power.

    Here in the UK we have out Lesbians and Gays in our parliament, and you know what bigots? The world hasn't ended by their being there.

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    Aug 13, 2008 2:18 PM GMT
    Laurence you are lucky to live in a country where people are more open minded and prone to equality. We still have many rednecks here who believe gays will burn in a fiery pit in hell for eternity.
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    Aug 13, 2008 5:28 PM GMT
    Yea but I have always wondered why in the opening ceremony of the olympics, they said bring people of all gender and races together, nothing about gays, lesbians etc. I know about the 'gay games', but if our UK parliment can have gay,lesbian (and bigots) why not the 'normal' olympics where anyone (who doesn't cheat) can compete.

    Also people seem obsessed with labels and labelling themselves. Almost Borg-like. Individuality is good, and glad you are following your own path.


    Do you think that Jared Polis is the only gay in congress? (Little Britian joke) On the subject of Little Britain, I found out that Little Britain USA will be showing Sept 28th on HBO, with david schwimmer as a director?! icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 13, 2008 6:02 PM GMT
    Actually, I believe he just won the CO primary; the actual election isn't until November. He is the heavy favorite to win his predominately Dem district though.

    Also - I believe he would be the Sixth (6th) openly gay member to serve in the House.

    Both Tammy Baldwin and Barney Frank, both of whom are openly gay and currently serving, are expected to easily win reelection. If Polis wins, he would bring the current total to three(3) members of the house.
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    Aug 13, 2008 6:04 PM GMT
    Hey that is good news. The USA is starting to catch up to other countries. In Canada we have a federal politician from Nova Scotia and a provincial politician in Ontario that are happily married and accepted. Things are a changing, at least in the so-called "decadent" west.
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    Aug 14, 2008 1:53 PM GMT
    He is the first openly gay man to be elected to the house. (the others came out in scandal or during their terms). He was elected and sexual orientation was a non-issue during the campaign.

    He would be the 6th openly gay member of the house in all of history.

    He would be 3rd in congress now after Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin.

    He is a shoe in even though the election isn't till November, but in district 2 it is heavily democrat and therefore he will become a congressman.

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    Aug 14, 2008 2:09 PM GMT
    I believe that Tammy Baldwin was the first ever openly gay non-incumbent to be elected to the House of Representatives in 1999.

    Her election campaign won the backing of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund as well as several other gay and lesbian political groups.

    But I think you are right that Polis will be the first gay man to be elected.

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    Aug 14, 2008 3:19 PM GMT
    While I think that it's great that being an out gay man is becoming a non-issue, Barney Frank, who was outed in 1990 prior to re-election, was recommended by the House Ethics Committee to be reprimanded and Congress agreed by a vote of 408-18, and yet he won re-election as a then out gay man by a vote of 66% in the November 1990 election and has been out since then.

    While it is good that we are acclimating into the general population, it's hardly the battle that Frank had to deal with 18 years ago, when we had both homophobia as well as AIDS stigma to deal with.

    This needs to become a trivial matter and not a conservative/ignorant wedge issue.
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    Aug 14, 2008 4:34 PM GMT
    I'm curious, H4L, would you be less proud if Jared Polis were a more stereotypically queeny gay man?
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    Aug 14, 2008 5:10 PM GMT
    As a resident of CO-02 I thought I'd weigh in on this thread.

    Polis' orientation was not an issue in the campaign. It is widely known but no one mentioned it and no one cared, in Boulder such a homophobic campaign would have been political suicide.

    That said, I was quite unhappy that he won the primary. He bought the election with over $5 million dollars of his own money and has a rather weak grasp of the issues as seen from his inadequate policy statements and underwhelming performance in the debates. Joan Fitz-Gerald and Will Shafroth were both more qualified and also more liberal.

    It is widely expected that he will be a knee-jerk Democratic vote but not a policy pusher or difference maker. A gay empty suit is still an empty suit. I'm voting for a Green in the House race if there is one on my ballot this year.
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    Aug 14, 2008 5:54 PM GMT
    paradox saidI'm curious, H4L, would you be less proud if Jared Polis were a more stereotypically queeny gay man?


    Truthfully yes. I would still be happy more LGBT people are being represented, but I don't feel a queeny gay man represents me.
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    Aug 14, 2008 6:31 PM GMT
    He's cute! icon_redface.gif
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    Aug 14, 2008 6:32 PM GMT
    paradox saidI'm curious, H4L, would you be less proud if Jared Polis were a more stereotypically queeny gay man?



    The reality is that if Jared Polis was a "stereotypically queeny gay man", he probably wouldn't be elected.
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    Aug 14, 2008 6:45 PM GMT
    Sedative saidHe's cute! icon_redface.gif


    I agree, I am pseudo jealous he has a partner haha.
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    Aug 14, 2008 6:58 PM GMT
    Actually, gay people have been getting elected to the Senate/House/Congress for years (Larry Craig anyone?) only now someone is out about it. I have one thing to say, though...

    About damned time!
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    Aug 14, 2008 7:03 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    paradox saidI'm curious, H4L, would you be less proud if Jared Polis were a more stereotypically queeny gay man?



    The reality is that if Jared Polis was a "stereotypically queeny gay man", he probably wouldn't be elected.


    I don't know that's necessarily true. IMO, Barney Frank isn't exactly in the "straight-acting" end of the queeniness spectrum, and he keeps getting elected again and again.

    What I find odd is the whole concept of people being concerned whether or not some other person represents them. And, it's very common, which, I guess, makes me weird, because as far as I'm concerned, the only one who represents me is me. It doesn't even occur to me to recoil in horror at the half-naked glitter twink in a gay pride parade because, clutch the pearls!, someone might think he represents me.
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    Aug 14, 2008 7:18 PM GMT
    [quote] paradox said
    What I find odd is the whole concept of people being concerned whether or not some other person represents them. And, it's very common, which, I guess, makes me weird, because as far as I'm concerned, the only one who represents me is me. It doesn't even occur to me to recoil in horror at the half-naked glitter twink in a gay pride parade because, clutch the pearls!, someone might think he represents me. [/quote]

    I agree. I also don't require that a politician toe the line on every single issue that concerns me.

    I would be happy with a politician who said "This is my background, this is my record, this is who I am, and I will try to do the best I can for my country, my state, and my district."

    I don't want someone who tells me what he thinks I want to hear; I want someone who thinks and is ready to work on the tough issues. God knows there are enough tough issues out there.