Homo Email of the Day
posted by August 28 at 18:00 PMon
Well, this email made my day, at any rate…
Dan—I just saw your appearance on CNN. Thank you, thank you, thank you for lending a voice of reason to this ridiculous debate about Larry Craig. It’s ridiculous because none of the media outlets have had a true gay point of view (i.e., someone who is out, open and proud). You articulated (very well, I might add)—despite the constant interruptions from the host—that this is not a “gay” issue because people who identify as gay live openly and honestly and (usually) are not looking for a quick hand job in the toilet. Rather, the issue with Senator Craig is a matter of hypocrisy pure and simple. I have been screaming this (and other expletives) at the TV since the story broke.
BTW, I also loved the fact that you pointed out how CNN ran footage of children playing in a park for nothing other than the momentary, sensationalistic image that children everywhere are in peril because of the rampant homosexuality taking place in every public bathroom in America. What bullshit.
Thanks and keep it up,
Thanks for the nice note, Chris. When I was on CNN tonight I wanted to say for the record—ran out of time—that some openly gay men do frequent skeezy toilets looking for anonymous sex. (Hey there, George Michael.) Not because they have to, like a Larry Craig, but because they want to—for the sport of it, the risk, the thrills, the head. But these gay men are, by my scientifically sound estimation, a very small percentage of the men getting it on in toilets. The overwhelming majority of men cruising toilets—in the US, anyway (the UK is a different story)—are desperate, pathetic closet cases.
There are out and proud gay men that idealize the kind of bathroom antics that Sen. Craig pleaded guilty to and is currently on probation for. Some gay men are nostalgic for the days when parks, toilets, and bathhouses were all we had.
But it would seem that openly gay men who cruise public toilets are, well, better at it—or better at getting away with it. Because whenever you read about a bust at a public sex venue it’s only straight-identified closet cases that were rounded up, carted off, and ruined.
UPDATE: I was, of course, invited on CNN to discuss this issue because I am the—that’s “the,” not “an”—official spokesperson for all gay and lesbian people everywhere. Who appointed me? Melissa Ethridge, Andrew Sullivan, and
Rip Torn Charles Nelson Reilly.