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Friday, February 4, 2011

Barbara Bush and Howard Stern Strike a Pose for the Gays -- Week in Gay

Posted By on Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Want to get some media attention? 

Express a position of support for gay rights. This tactic works particularly well if you are straight and can be very compelling if you are also a politician -- or related to one.

Barbara Bush -- gay-friendly, or self-interested? - CRAIG O'NEAL
  • Craig O'Neal
  • Barbara Bush -- gay-friendly, or self-interested?
In some respects, advocates like these actually are either stating newly discovered positions of support or expounding on a positive, yet dormant, point of view, but they are also acting to save face or counter a reputation of anti-gay (or self-serving) posturing.

Such attempts to get attention could be nothing more than poorly disguised scheming. Accusing newly declared allies of being manipulative is not necessarily kind, but the gays have been to the rodeo many times before so they should exercise extreme caution when being wooed.

Gays should take special care to look into the eyes of their new friend.

Cindy McCain says she opposes Proposition 8 -- does John know about that? - CRAIG O'NEAL
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  • Cindy McCain says she opposes Proposition 8 -- does John know about that?
George W Bush's daughter Barbara has creepy blue eyes and she wants you to join her in New York state in support of marriage equality. She is the latest in a growing list of womenfolk related to Republicans who are taking positions in support of gay rights -- positions in direct opposition to those of the official politician in the family.

In the recent past, Cindy McCain (wife of the ancient anti-gay US Senator from Arizona) has shown her opposition to California's Proposition 8 and made a connection between bullying LGBT youth and discriminatory military policies, while daughter Meghan McCain encouraged Republicans to embrace the gays.

Even Laura Bush -- mother of new-friend-of-the-gays Barbara -- told Larry King months ago that she thinks gays should be given the same rights as straights when it comes to marriage (and also presumably when committing the mortal sin of divorce).

Such public displays of affection from the relatives of anti-gay politicians accessorized with face tape or the promotion of a new book or done while flashing weird eyes amounts to a convenient and shallow display of support.

We are supposed to be impressed that these gals are "going rogue," but a real display of courage can be witnessed in the three-minute speech given on Monday by a young (presumably straight) man in Iowa.

Nineteen-year-old Zach Wahls addressed the Iowa Legislature about being the son of a lesbian couple who were only recently granted the right to marry. The McCain and Bush ladies should take a cue from Zach and offer their advocacy to a hostile audience if they want to earn respect -- not just in kabuki directed at the gays.

Republican women aren't exclusive residents in gay rehab. Sometimes even a gay has to work on his image.

Elton John will have to work 10 times as hard as any of the Republican Bad Girls if he wants to be considered a courageous advocate after singing at Rush Limbaugh's fourth wedding last year.

This week, Elton tried to weasel his way out from under the weight of his $1 million paycheck for that performance by claiming that he was working to change Rush's mind. Elton is either trying to improve his image or he ought to take the advice he gave Billy Joel in the same interview and commit himself to an asylum.

Stern seems sincere, at least.
  • Stern seems sincere, at least.

Image rehabilitation isn't something Howard Stern is usually concerned with, but on Thursday he announced a "tremendous compassion for homosexuals." In an awkward and typically rambling monologue, Stern fumbled his way through a moment of awareness about what it must be like to be a gay on planet Earth in 2011.

He's no Zach Wahls, of course. Even still, Stern's words are more genuine sounding than a relative of a politician or a gnome-like pop singer/whore who's expressing support in rebuttal to a shit-storm of controversy and/or animosity.

Even hetero politicians in San Francisco have to make a spectacle out of their support for the gay. Newly elected Supervisor Jane Kim caused a minor gas attack by remaining silent during the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance at board meetings. She may be new to the board, but Ms. Kim knows how to be ready for a close-up.

Why is Kim unwilling to voice her allegiance? Because "liberty and justice for all" isn't the reality for some Americans (she's talking to YOU gays) and she won't make the pledge until that situation changes. That's a very principled (if calculated) position for a politician without a tarnished reputation.

I think Ms. Kim going to have the luxury of silence during pledge time for at least the next decade...or two...

Patrick Connors is an uppity fag who would like the Obama gals to voice their support for gay rights while Barack is still in the White House and playing shell games with all things GAY.

Follow him on Twitter at @UppityFag and @ExhibitionistSF

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