There's an emerging pattern in Gayville lately. It's not a new thing -- not new to the gays or the general population either for that matter -- but it's still disconcerting. It's called whorishness.
Does everything good have to be sold out, watered down, or compromised? The Human Rights Campaign's plan to move into the retail space that used to house Harvey Milk's camera shop is the latest unsettling example in a string of developments that I find disappointing to say the least.
I'm no purist. I don't demand 100 percent integrity in all matters.
But I'd like to think I could expect to see more righteousness in gay matters in San Francisco of all places. We don't have to dilute ourselves here so blatantly, do we?
The roll call of these instances almost makes me want to tear up my gay card and reconnect with my old girlfriend from junior high.
Last month the American Foundation for Equal Rights (the organization that hired Ted Olson and David Boies to destroy Prop. 8) announced a fund-raising event to take place in January 2011 that will include a performance by Elton John in a private home somewhere in Beverly Hills.
This event will undoubtedly raise oodles of cash to help pay these two incredible attorneys to keep doing their work. I'm sure it will be exclusive and way above my station and faaaaabulous or ammmmmazing at the very least. Plus, AFER have been raising funds with a real collection of freaks all year: Ken Mehlman, Barbara (daughter of George) Bush, Mary Cheney and others.
But why do they have to use Dame Elton John as a main attraction?
One week after Prop. 8 passed, Elton complained about same-sex couples in California: "I don't want to be married. I'm very happy with a civil partnership. Heterosexual people get married. We get civil partnerships." Earlier this year, Smellton was the singing monkey at Rush Limbaugh's FOURTH wedding. He was reportedly paid $1 million for the performance.
This event is NOT taking place in San Francisco, but why do we have to be subjected to the Rocket Man's toxic waste to support AFER? Maybe exposure to his residue is good practice for what we are about to get from big box retailer Target.
There was considerable guff last summer about Target executives giving $150,000 to a gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota who associates proudly with a virulent anti-gay ministry. Last month, the redevelopment agency in San Francisco gave Target the approval to open the first store in the Metreon in 2012.