2008 But Who Will Cure the Unhappy Heterosexuals?
posted by October 29 at 12:38 PMon
Barack Obama gave Donnie McClurkin a platform and he seized the opportunity to attack gays and lesbians. (And bloggers!) And he attacked gays and lesbians in front of a largely female audience, too, a detail that makes my head explode. After African American gays and lesbians, straight African American women bear the lethal brunt of homophobia in the African American community. The homophobia stoked by African American preachers like McClurkin keeps many African American gay men closeted—and closeted African American men place their wives and girlfriends at greatly increased risk of HIV infection. But, hey, who cares about a few million sick or dead African American women? Not McClurkin and not, it seems, Barack Obama.
Anyway, Barack Obama pumped out a press release yesterday meant to make everything all better:
The concert was to be the highlight of this outreach and while the crowd left excited, it was clear the campaign still regarded the controversy as complicated. Aides gave reporters a three-page memo detailing McClurkin’s and Obama’s views on gay rights that noted in capital letters “MCCLURKIN DOES NOT WANT TO CHANGE GAYS AND LESBIANS WHO ARE HAPPY WITH THEIR LIVES AND HAS CRITICIZED CHURCH LEADERS WHO DEMONIZE HOMOSEXUALS,” with quotes detailing those statements from the singer.
Well, duh. Religious bigots don’t “want to change” happy homosexuals; contented gays and lesbians aren’t the kind of low-hanging fruit (sorry) that ex-gay ministries target. Religious bigots go after miserable, unhappy homos because—duh—they’re likelier to fall for the snake oil McClurkin is selling. Ex-gay ministries encourage unhappy homos to blame all their problems on their sexual orientations because it couldn’t possibly be anything they themselves did or failed to do.
If you’re gay and unhappy it’s because you’re gay. If you’re straight and unhappy… well, uh… gee. Maybe you need a hobby?
Pointing out that McClurkin only “wants to change” unhappy homos isn’t going to mollify people that are angry with Barack Obama over this attack. So McClurkin only wants to “change” the unhappy homos—that’s what all the anti-gay bigots say, Barack. How can and/or your handlers not know this? Pointing out that McClurkin only wants to change the unhappy homos doesn’t set him apart from other raving anti-gay bigots. It’s him squarely in the mainstream of anti-gay bigotry.