A note to R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr, at American Spectator
I posted this today at
Dear Mr. Tyrrell,
I’m sorry, I cannot contribute. Let me be frank about why. For 35 years I have read your magazine. I subscribed to it long ago. I used it as ammo when I was at NYU, I shared it with all my friends at a bar called the Ninth Circle in Manhattan; my monthly copy was spread far and wide in that gay bar in the West Village, preaching liberty and smaller government. And I have been a Goldwater libertarian Republican all my life. Alas, I’m still gay; I was back then. And alas, still your magazine has not come to terms with the simple reality that gayness is not a political position. What political party the gay folks in Moscow this past weekend are I don’t know — but the police came with truncheons swinging and arrested everyone anyway. Alas, there are people here in this country who call for something similar, though I’m sure in more genteel fashion. But still, we seem to be a worldwide phenomenon and not a thing to do with whether we vote Republican or Democrat. So I vote Republican and libertarian all the time.
But I can’t give money to any organization which somehow thinks I’m not quite worthy of being a citizen of this great nation. Even if I agree with 90% of everything else you say. I cannot support my own oppression or calls for it.
I like Barry Goldwater’s take on it: “You don’t have too like it, but gays deserve full constitutional rights, including marriage and military service.” He said it in 1994, while Clinton “my friend” signed DOMA and DADT. So much for whom is on whose side, eh?
I like the Goldwater approach — what say you?
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