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Monday, March 17, 2008

Gay Oil Wrestling = Hope for the Future

posted by on March 17 at 11:40 AM


Oklahoma city resident Michael Heaton writes an excellent blog—The United States of Michael Heaton—and he’s got something to say about Oklahoma state’s most famous anti-gay state representative, Sally Kern. Here’s Michael

As depressing and disheartening as her comments were for someone like me—a gay, secular, progressive, living in Oklahoma—I remind myself that her perspective is far, far from the mainstream point of view. Even those outside our community who disagree with us on any given point of gay equality—marriage, health benefits, military service, and the like—don’t view us as a threat to society, worst than terrorists, or somehow destructive to “family values.”

How can I say this with confidence?

Because she is losing the argument even here in Oklahoma. Look at the picture I posted above—this was a gay oil wrestling competition just this last Saturday, in Oklahoma City, exactly 3.3 miles from the Baptist Church Kern attends. Though Kern was mentioned by the MC as the butt of jokes, she wasn’t on our minds…. It was just another great night out on the strip in Oklahoma City—where I have never personally felt unsafe and can walk hand-in-hand with my boyfriend there, and anywhere else in town I frequent….

At best, Sally Kern and those of her ilk can ensure that Oklahoma is one of the last places in the country to move forward on issues of gay equality. That’s the very best she can achieve—we will get there eventually, rest assured. Even in a small state such as ours, the gay community is too large and too embedded to be ignored—and every one of us will put up a good fight.

More from Michael—and tons more pics from that oil-wrestling competition—at his blog.

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once the OKC Sonics start playing, all their coloful local sports will disappear.

Posted by max solomon | March 17, 2008 11:56 AM

gay or straght
right wing or left wing
cowboy,hipster or 'hippie"

...oklahomans scare me
there just creepy, it's something thats been stagnating in there gene pool m,aybe...anyone who's been to oklahoma or central california will know what I'm talking about

Posted by linus | March 17, 2008 12:24 PM

Yeah, but I'll bet many of them know the difference between they're, their and there...

Posted by gnossos | March 17, 2008 12:39 PM

perhapes...maybe oral roberts and pat robertson do as well....go have a grammer party with them

Posted by linus | March 17, 2008 12:52 PM

great, now I have another blog to obsess over.

I imagine the gay scene in OKC is a lot like that of The STL. Fine in the urban archipeligo, but not cool anywhere 15 minutes outside the city.

Posted by Mike in MO | March 17, 2008 12:58 PM

both Oklahoma and Texas are fagtastic...huge, social gay communities...Oklahoma CITY used to have this huge gay complex complete with a gay motel that was a notorious sex pit.

that said, I find it difficult to believe there are that many streets in Oklahoma City where it's safe to walk hand in hand with your same sex partner in broad daylight...I wouldn't feel that safe doing that in Seattle outside DT/Capitol Hill/Wallingford/Fremont/Ballard.

Posted by michael strangeways | March 17, 2008 1:08 PM

Hey Michael,

We still have it - it's the Habana Inn, and yes, it's still a sex pit. There are two popular clubs located onsite: the Finishline, and the Copa.
Angles, The Park, the Phoenix, the Boom, and Partners are located nearby.

I might push the envelope by holding hands with my boyfriend as often as I do around town - but no problems so far...Then again, I tend only to hang out in a relatively small area of the 650 sq. miles the city encompasses.

As @5 mentioned, outside of the urban archipelago, there is not much of a scene to speak of, much like St. Louis, Kansas City, etc. Regionally, Dallas has the biggest scene and the largest gay community by far in my experience.

Posted by Oklahomo | March 17, 2008 1:32 PM

@6: you could get away with it in view ridge. no one who'd fag bash could afford to live there.

Posted by max solomon | March 17, 2008 1:47 PM

I just clicked on that website for the Habana Inn and had scary flashbacks of my days in the midwest.

And if I still lived back that way, I'd be proud to take my family to Gushers for the the best prime rib in OK City.

Posted by michael strangeways | March 17, 2008 2:15 PM

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