I am not gay.
I have never had any sort of homosexual relationships. I find men to be physically ugly—too much hair, lumpy, stinky, etc (In short, I’m describing myself). I’ve never thought about being gay, have never wanted to be gay, have never thought about wanting to be gay.
I want to make that clear, because too often people (especially conservatives) believe that if someone strongly supports gay rights, he must be gay or she must be a lesbian. That’s their bigoted justification—of course the faggot’s speaking out. It’s for his benefit.
Well, I’m straight. And I’m speaking out. And I hope you’ll join me.
A couple of minutes ago the New York Times posted an article titled, PALADINO ATTACKS GAYS IN BROOKLYN SPEECH. Authored by Elizabeth A. Harris, the piece concerns a talk Paladino gave earlier today to Orthodox Jews in the Williamburg section of Brooklyn. This, from the article:
“[Being gay is] not how God created us,” he said, reading from a prepared address. “I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don’t want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option—it isn’t.”
And then, to applause at Congregation Shaarei Chaim, he said: “I didn’t march in the gay parade this year — the gay pride parade this year. My opponent did, and that’s not the example we should be showing our children.” Newsday.com reported that Mr. Paladino’s prepared text had included the sentence: “There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual.” But Mr. Paladino omitted the sentence in his speech.
Later, after Andrew Cuomo issued a statement condemning the words, the Times reached Michael R. Caputo, Paladino’s campaign manager. Again, from the story:
His campaign manager, Michael R. Caputo, denied assertions that Mr. Paladino was antigay, and noted that he employed a gay man on his campaign staff.
“Carl Paladino is simply expressing the views that he holds in his heart as a Catholic,” Mr. Caputo said in a telephone interview. “Carl Paladino is not homophobic, and neither is the Catholic Church.”
“The majority of New Yorkers agree with him,” Mr. Caputo added. He said the campaign had done its own polling.
Here’s my favorite thing about this: Paladino is the father of an out-of-wedlock child. In other words, he cheated on his wife. He. Cheated. On. His. Friggin’. Wife. But homosexual relations are immoral. Really? It’s Craziness: 101, and yet I’m elated by Paladino’s words. Why? Because the Tea Party loons have to be exposed, and the easiest way is if they do so themselves. We need to hear Christine O’Donnell talk about witchcraft and jerking off. We need to hear Sharron Angle’s take on Islam. We need to hear Paladino condemn gays.
But that doesn’t mean we need to stand for it.
In 2010, this is our Civil Rights battle.
PS: Nice timing. Last week, two Staten Island men were charged with assault as a hate crime for an attack on a gay man in the West Village. Paladino says he’s not in favor of violence. “Don’t misquote me as wanting to hurt homosexual people in any way,” he said. “My approach is live and let live.