The Week in Gay
Some weeks are driven by stories about politicians and legislation or courtroom drama. This is not one of those weeks. Personality and persecution are the themes this week
. Fall may have recently begun but the gays are already feeling crispy -- and it shows in the reaction to a Tweet sent out by rapper 50 Cent.
Mr. Cent (?
) says that any man over the age of 25 that hasn't eaten "pu**y" should just kill himself. I'm not sure how he arrived at the age limit, but clearly I have some work to do since I have no intention to kill myself. Where shall I obtain this pu**y Mr. Cent speaks of to consume so I can continue to live? Anyone?
I sent a tweet to 50 Cent asking him for help.
I asked if maybe his mother was available so I could eat her pu**y. He hasn't replied. She must be busy.
There is a distinct possibility that 50's tweet is taken out of context and he is speaking solely to heterosexual men that have reached the magic age of 25 without eating pu**y -- yet we are feeling a bit cynical this week about such possibilities.
The week started off with two stories that typify life in gay America.
Last weekend a group of conservative gays that call themselves GOProud
threw themselves some kind of weird party called Homocon 2010
. They paid Ann Coulter (billed as "the right-wing Judy Garland") to address the crowd. She explained to the audience that "marriage is not a civil right - you're not black"
and the gathering of gays just sat there and accepted the affront.
If Ann Coulter is the right wing Judy Garland, does that mean she'll be overdosing soon? I hope so. Clang clang clang.
The other story that continues to unfold is about Bishop Eddie Long.
Four men have now accused Long of coercing them into having sex with him. Long preached that "gays deserve death"
some time ago. One of the young men said Long is a predator that cast him aside when he got too old
Both of these stories help highlight the station of gay people in this country. People like Coulter are happy to use gays for money. Gay groups are so desperate to attain political power that they ignore being insulted because what really matters is that SHE graced them with her presence.
The accusations against Long are a fitting companion to the Homocon event. Long is extremely well connected and wealthy. He hangs out with world leaders.
Who would believe any teenage boy that accused him of coercion? People with power can be bullies. They exploit and intimidate and they feel that they are above reproach.
Considering the exasperating and baffling state of discourse that surrounds the lives of LGBT people, it shouldn't be surprising that there are suddenly so many stories about teenagers taking their lives. In the past week, three teenage boys made headlines by killing themselves after enduring harassment and intimidation for being gay.
- Asher Brown, a 13-year-old boy from Houston, was fed up with being called "different names for being homosexual" for two years and shot himself.
- Seth Walsh, a 13-year-old boy from Tehachapi, Calif. died Tuesday after hanging himself from a tree in his backyard. He was tormented by students for being gay.
- And, in the most publicized story, Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old student at Rutgers University in New Jersey jumped off a bridge to his death after his roommate secretly recorded him having sex with a man and streamed it live on the internet.
Also this week we heard the story of 11-year-old Tyler Wilson from Ohio whose arm was broken by bullies
that don't like Tyler being a cheerleader. Finally, CNN's Anderson Cooper nterviewed an assistant DA from Michigan whose obsession with a gay college student
and his paranoid theories about being gay have put his career in jeopardy.
Most of the stories about the adolescent boys have one common theme: The schools all deny they knew anything about the harassment. Hasn't anyone else noticed that LGBT issues are the hot potatoes of every election cycle in this country? Has anyone considered what it means when Focus on the Family fights anti-bully
curriculum in schools because it might encourage children to not terrorize queer youth?
Issues that affect the lives of LGBT people are handled with either casual indifference or outright hostility. Teenagers notice that -- both the perpetrators and the victims. Bullies feel empowered in their right to intimidate and victims feel powerless to stop the irrational hatred that is foisted upon them.Ellen Degeneres wants to help.
Dan Savage started the It Gets Better Project
at the moment when it is most needed. Until there is less acceptance of religious bigotry against sexual minorities this epidemic won't end.Patrick Connors is an uppity fag who would rather make wise-ass remarks about 50 Cent and pu**y than have to discuss the suicide of teenagers.
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