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Is Ron Paul Also Homophobic?

2:36 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

In the midst of the newly re-animated newsletters issued under Ron Paul’s name, an aide to the Texas Congressman has come forward with two stories about personal interactions with gay supporters. They don’t support the live-and-let-live image of the previous carrier of the Libertarian Party’s presidential banner.

Eric Dondero, an aide to Ron Paul from 1987 to 2003

insists Congressman Paul is not anti-​gay, but details two shocking anti-​gay incidents, including Dr. Paul’s refusal to use a restroom owned by a gay man, and even refusing to shake hands with a top gay campaign donor.

Do tell.

In 1988, Ron had a hardcore Libertarian supporter, Jim Peron, Owner of Laissez Faire Books in San Francisco. Jim set up a magnificent 3-​day campaign swing for us in the SF Bay Area. Jim was what you would call very openly Gay. But Ron thought the world of him. For 3 days we had a great time trouncing from one campaign event to another with Jim’s Gay lover. The atmosphere was simply jovial between the four of us. (As an aside we also met former Cong. Pete McCloskey during this campaign trip.) We used Jim’s home/​office as a “base.” Ron pulled me aside the first time we went there, and specifically instructed me to find an excuse to excuse him to a local fast food restaurant so that he could use the bathroom. He told me very clearly, that although he liked Jim, he did not wish to use his bathroom facilities. I chided him a bit, but he sternly reacted, as he often did to me, Eric, just do what I say. Perhaps “sternly” is an understatement. Ron looked at me directly, and with a very angry look in his eye, and shouted under his breath: “Just do what I say NOW.”

Got it?

Not homophobic; simply won’t use the bathroom in the home of a gay supporter. Right.

Long-time Ron Paul aide Eric Dondero’s other example:

The second incident involved one or two other staffers many years later at the BBQ in Surfside Beach. I was not in direct presence of the incident. But another top staffer, and I believe one of our secretaries, was witnessed to it. This top staffer adores Ron, but was extremely insulted by his behavior, I would even say flabbergasted to the point of considering resigning from his staff over it.

“Bobby,” a well-​known and rather flamboyant and well-​liked gay man in Freeport came to the BBQ. Let me stress Ron likes Bobby personally, and Bobby was a hardcore campaign supporter. But after his speech, at the Surfside pavilion Bobby came up to Ron with his hand extended, and according to my fellow staffer, Ron literally swatted his hand away.

Of course, not having the faintest understanding of the word ‘homophobic’ this former aide attempts to excuse Ron Paul’s behavior:

Again, let me stress. I would not categorize that as “homo-​phobic,” but rather just unsettled by being around gays personally. Ron, like many folks his age, very much supports toleration, but chooses not to be around gays on a personal level. It’s a personal choice. And though, it may seem offensive to some, he has every right in my mind to feel and act that way.

Not “homo-phobic”? Right. Would take gay money, allow a gay to set up a campaign fundraising swing, would stay in a gay home and accept the support of gays at an event. But wouldn’t use the bathroom in a gay home or shake hands with a gay man? Oh, that’s not homophobic at all.

Definition: irrational fear or dislike of or prejudice against homosexuality or homosexuals .

You be the judge. Do these examples illustrate an irrational fear or dislike? They are leavened, of course, with the hypocrisy of accepting money, organization, lodging, and support from gays. Somehow, to me, that doesn’t make it less worse.

Does Barack Obama Support Anti-Gay Reparative Therapy?

1:56 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has asked the Republican contenders for the presidential nomination (people over whom they can be presumed to have very little, if any, influence) to denounce and disavow anti-gay reparative “pray-away-the-gay” therapy as practiced by “Dr” Marcus Bachmann at Bachmann Associates, the mental health practice he co-owns with his wife, presidential candidate and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

Today, HRC is calling on the GOP candidates for President to disavow the dangerous “ex-gay” or “reparative therapies” endorsed by Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus, a practicing, but unlicensed Minnesota psychologist whose clinic has been known to practice these therapies.

The very next day, Fred Karger, the gay contender for the GOP nomination and founder of Californians Against Hate who successfully sued the Mormon Church for its misleading campaign filings during Proposition 8, said this:

“She’s a liar and now that she’s been busted, she’s trying to divert attention away from her lies,” Fred Karger told the Michigan Messenger. “She is just another hypocrite and bigot.”

So, yay, HRC! Winning!

At today’s White House press briefing, the Washington Blade asked press secretary Jay Carney what President Obama’s opinion is of reparative therapy.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declined comment Monday on questions on President Obama’s position on widely discredited “ex-gay” reparative therapy aimed at changing gay individuals into being straight.

Under questioning from the Washington Blade, Carney said he hasn’t had any conversations with the president on reparative therapy — or whether Medicaid funding should support the practice — and deferred inquiries to the Department of Health & Human Services.

HRC has endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2012. Therefore, HRC can be presumed to have some influence over his thinking and views on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. Shouldn’t the HRC pursue the president and his team for an answer on this question? Having endorsed the president for re-election, does HRC really expect to get an answer from any of the (other, non-gay) GOP candidates?

I mean, it’s fun to put the GOP candidates on the spot for how one of their own earns her living, but don’t LGBT supporters of the President deserve to know his views, too?

HRC, ask your endorsed candidate: does he support anti-gay reparative therapy? Or does he not support it?

Bachmann Signs Hate Pledge: Who’s Next??

1:31 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Michele Bachmann signed an anti-gay Christianist hate pledge to secure the endorsement of “THE FAMiLY LEADER” [sic] hate group.

Yesterday, Bachmann signed the harmful anti-gay Christianist pledge sponsored by the hate group “The Family Leader.” By signing, Bachmann promised to continue fighting against marriage equality and to help spread the word that homosexuality is a choice, a health risk, and akin to adultery, polygamy and polyandery.

The pledge goes further to compare abortion to human trafficking, sexual slavery and prostitution and demand that the candidate promote an anti-gay federal marriage amendment, appoint only Christianist activist judges to the bench and of course to recognize that overpopulation will be “beneficial” to the US.

I hope the media asks this very important question of all GOPs competing for their party’s presidential nomination: Have you signed the porn pledge? If not, why not?

UPDATE: Rick Santorum signed.

“Target Ain’t People” In-Store Flashmob

9:00 am in Culture, LGBT by Teddy Partridge

Target store gets taken over by a flashmob, adopting a Depeche Mode song for their rant against Target’s anti-gay, anti-worker donation to a Minnesota group supporting the GOP candidate for governor. More of this, please….

Courtesy Backbone Campaign and agit-prop

UPDATE: Target ain’t gonna "make it right."

Target Corp. has informed the Human Rights Campaign that it will not take action to “correct” its $150,000 donation to a group supporting an anti-gay candidate for governor in Minnesota, according to an HRC release tonight.

“If their initial contribution was a slap in the face, their refusal to make it right is a punch in the gut and that’s not something that we will soon forget,” said Joe Solmonese, HRC’s president.