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New Documentary Outs Gay Politicians

Republicans Better Lock Their Closet Doors

480px-gov_charlie_cristThe documentary Outrage premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last week. In it, filmmaker Kirby Dick claims that several politicians who vote anti-gay on political issues are actually homosexual themselves. The documentary contains interviews with men who claim to have had verifiable sexual encounters with the politicians named in the film. The film compares the voting records of the politicians named in it to how they vote on gay right issues.

The Republican governor of Florida, Charlie Crist is getting a lot of attention due to this documentary. Crist is expected to announce his candidacy for the Senate seat vacated by Florida Senator Mel Martinez any day now. Don’t feel too bad for Charlie; this isn’t the first time he has been outed.

In 2006 Bob Norman wrote an article for the Palm Beach Post about Crist before he was elected as Florida’s governor.

“A young rising star in the Republican Party has boasted to witnesses of his sexual relationship with Charlie Crist, the frontrunner in the Florida governor’s race who has repeatedly denied that he is gay.

The GOP staffer, 21-year-old Jason Wetherington, told friends at separate social functions in August that he had sex with Crist, according to two credible and independent sources who heard Wetherington make the claim first-hand.

Wetherington, who recently worked as a field director for U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris and currently works for state representative Ellyn Bodganoff’s reelection campaign, also named a man whom he said is Crist’s long-term partner, a convicted thief named Bruce Carlton Jordan who also recently worked for Harris in her long-shot Senate bid.”

Along with Charlie Christ, Outrage names other politicians they claim to have proof are secretly gay. Former Mayor of New York, Ed Koch, California Congressman David Dreier, Florida Congressman Mark Foley and Idaho Senator Larry Craig are just a few.

I have to admit I was a bit torn at first on how I felt about this documentary. I think the decision to come out of the closet is a personal choice and one that is not easily made for a lot of people. When it comes to the vast majority of the population, I don’t think anyone has the right to out someone against their will. That being said, the people this film is outing are the same people that are trying to keep gay people as second-class citizens by denying them rights to which they are entitled. Then there is the fact that these people are hypocrites, and I really hate hypocrites. So you know what?Β  I don’t feel the least bit sorry for the people named in this film.

I can’t stand people that force their morals on the masses but refuse to live by their own “beliefs.” It’s about time the men who suck dick on Saturday night, preach against it on Sunday morning, and legislate against it on Monday are held accountable.

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I think the Republican Party would be a hell of a lot happier if they just all came out of the closet. Think about it for a minute. When is the last time you heard of a gay sex scandal that WASN’T about a Republican? Is it just me or does it seem like Democrats only have sex scandals with their assistants and hookers while Republicans rack up one gay sex scandal after another?

I’m sure there are gay Democrats in the closet that have gotten themselves into gay sex scandals, I just don’t know of any. I don’t care what party these people are in.Β  Whether left, right, liberal, conservative or radical, I hold each of them to the same standard of accountability. For me, it doesn’t matter to what party a person belongs, hypocrisy is still hypocrisy.

If I get up tomorrow and read that Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church had come out of the closet, it wouldn’t even phase me. It’s the people that hate themselves the most that feel the need to make everyone else suffer. Unfortunately for the gay community, it seems the people that hate themselves the most are the ones writing the laws.

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May 12, 2009 - Posted by | Culture Critic, Politiks | , , , , , , , , ,

10 Comments »

  1. This totally supports my “he’s gay” theory. The more adamantly a man has to show off how straight he is (always catcalling women, talking about women, talking about breasts and sex with women, etc) the more I’m convinced he’s gay. It’s the “doth protest too much” theory of figuring out the truth.

    Just like the more some actress has to tell you how she oozes sexuality, the more I’m convinced she’s probably lousy in bed…

    Those who are something and comfortable with being something never feel the need to try to convince others what they are.

    For examply, I’m finally coming to terms withe the fact that I’m a brunette, that the red that is in my hair and leftover from a childhood as a redhead isn’t enough to qualify me as a redhead in any way shape or form, and that the only way to lay claim to said hair color is to dye it. But, it’s kind of turning out that I look better with more brown in my hair… πŸ˜›

    Comment by TheHobo | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  2. Spot on, hobo! Also, I still haven’t come to terms with the fact that no matter how many times I dye my hair Brown Black, it will and always will be Blond underneath. So I need to accept roots appearing every 3 weeks, or come to terms with my Blond and let it come back. πŸ˜›

    Comment by Mae | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  3. πŸ˜›

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    that’s my symbolic representation of gay GOP sex.

    Comment by DonnaMartin | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  4. I’ll probably get slammed for this, but my disclaimer is I’m a throrough liberal.

    That being said, I disagree that Crist, especially, deserves no sympathy for being ruthlessly outed to promote someone else’s agenda. I may disagree with him politically and prefer he wasn’t in office, but there are other ways to go about that than muckraking. Just because you disagree with someone doesn’t mean they have no right to lead the life they choose, and arguing that Crist is legislating against his own lifestyle doesn’t hold up to examination. A governor is a representative of the people he governs. His job is to govern his state in a way that best represents the majority of the people in that state. Florida happens to be an incredibly conservative state with an incredibly conservative House and Senate. His governing is consistent with the rhetoric that got him elected,therefore his politics are in no way hypocritical. His politics and lifestyle don’t necessarily clash, either. If he were openly gay and a proponent of gay marriage and was crafting or voting against legislation that promoted it, then he might be a hypocrite, but as you mentioned, he isn’t even out, and until he is, we can’t know for certain he IS gay.

    Crist has chosen to live a straight lifestyle. He has children and is, at the very least, discreet if he has hobbies, which TMIMO would make him bisexual, not gay. Many men like sex with other men, but prefer relationships with females. Some people like S&M and/or diaper porn, and many females have had “fun” with other females. Yet they don’t self-identify as gay–or a diaper fetishist. This doesn’t mean you’re living a lie. It means you compartmentalize your sex life and your love life and are discreet. We all have our kinks or embarrassing moments we don’t want advertised. I doubt anyone here would appreciate having their sex life exploited in a documentary that only vaguely claims to be able to prove the truth of anything in it.

    Which brings me to the other thing that bothers me about this documentary, and why I think it’s muckraking and scandal mongering–“interviews with men who claim to have had verifiable sexual encounters with the politicians”? What is this evidence? Verifiably unretouched photos? DNA samples? If you’re going to point fingers and attempt to ruin careers, cough up the proof, don’t just suggest it exists.

    I’m not saying that none of the men in this film aren’t hypocrites. I’m sure some of them are, but I think there are far more positive ways to create change and progress than name calling and mud slinging, especially when it hasn’t proven to be true. TMIMO, ad hominems only weaken the position of those doing the attacking.

    Comment by oneofthevoicesinmyhead | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  5. I should also mention this isn’t a personal attack. I can love a person to pieces and still debate a concept with them, just ask my S.O. πŸ˜€ I enjoyed the piece. It got me thinking, and I like anything that does that.

    Comment by oneofthevoicesinmyhead | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  6. voices, I’d have to agree with you on a lot of what you said.

    However, I am torn because of the fact that these politicians are voting on laws that continue to make gays second class citizens.

    It’s kind of like Bristol Palin’s pregnancy. I would normally say, “leave her kid out of it.” But Palin’s a staunch advocate of abstinence only sex ed, and her own daughter got knocked up in high school?? Well, suddenly that feels like the topic has justifiably moved out of the private realm and into the public realm. You know what I mean?

    But I think that you need to have pretty seriously validated proof to justify publicizing these allegations.

    Comment by SeaKat | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  7. Voices

    I took no offense at your comment. I welcome all opinions on the matter, not just the ones that agree with me. I know nothing about Crist or his record. The reason he is getting so much attention is because he is getting ready to run for a Senate seat where he will be in a position to pass laws, anti-gay or otherwise that will affect the entire country.

    The hypocrites I was writing about are people like Larry Craig, Mark Foley and Ted Haggard. The first two have voted against gay rights and Haggard has used his position to preach hate, but all the while they were engaging in the activity they railed against.

    I haven’t seen Outrage yet. I hope the evidence it uses to to expose the politicians is rock solid. Anything less would be unfair to the men they are naming and it will hurt the cause the documentary stands for.

    Comment by KeeblerKahn | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  8. SeaKat: I do understand that to a degree, but Palin chose to go public with her daughter’s pregancy (if I remember correctly), whereas all choice is being removed from these men.I think the reason I can feel for Crist (as I said, I know some of these men ARE self-righteous hypocrites, so I’m not defending everyone mentioned) is that I think people can and do separate themselves from their sexuality to the degree that it isn’t politically hypocritical for them to legislate against those who lead an openly gay lifestyle. I don’t like it, and I will fight against that every chance I get, but from a purely objective point of view, I can see where someone would think having happy-fun-buttsecks-time is different than living an openly gay life. They think being gay is a lifestyle choice, and have chosen to not live that way. Whether that fits with reality is another story, but people are capable of enormous mental contortions when trying to be OK with who they are.

    That being said, I think everyone who is gay has had to deal with things we straight folks can’t begin to fathom, and that everyone should be allowed to come to terms with their sexuality (or not) in peace. For most of the GLBT community coming out is a process–one that involves overcoming a lot of fear. When you’re a politician and conservative you have the added fear of losing everything you worked for, so I can imagine that makes things even more difficult.

    I also think outing people serves no real purpose. Relating back to Crist, if this costs him his career, all that would most likely mean is that his life gets ruined and another conservative would take his place, because I don’t see Florida becoming liberal anytime soon. So in effect, it’s just spitefully ruining a person’s life.

    I guess what it comes down to is that I’d rather work on making it OK to be gay so that people can be comfortable in being who they are,and forcibly outing people and ruining their careers ultimately seems to reinforce that being gay is a bad thing.

    Comment by oneofthevoicesinmyhead | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  9. I voted for a gay man today in our Provincial Election. Although I didn’t vote for him because he’s gay. I just liked his last name….Boychuck.

    Comment by rumour has it | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  10. I’m with oneofthevoices. The tone just seems to reinforce that it’s bad to be gay.

    Meanwhile, not really related: the guy who invented RockStar energy drinks is a homophobic asshole, to a severe degree. So is his son, who runs the company.

    So, if you get a choice, please don’t drink RockStar. Monster, RedBull–those are fine. I believe in a boycott system.

    Comment by TheHobo | May 14, 2009 | Reply


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