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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Outing article

We've discussed outing here before. I found a good article about such outings on This might be an interesting read for some of you folks.

"It's not the gay thing that's the problem - it's the hypocrisy," said Michael Rogers, creator of a Web log that has been at the fore of several recent outing campaigns. "I'm going to be calling out the politicians who vote against us and work against the interests of the very community they come from."

Christopher Barron, political director of the Log Cabin Republicans, said he understands the anger that activists such as Rogers feel but believes they are wasting their energy.

"Outing is not an effective tool," Barron said. "I don't know a single vote on gay-rights issues that was changed because of outing. ... Folks should be focusing on the hard work that needs to be done and not get bogged down in personal attacks."

Micheal Rogers is, of course, edits the wonderful Page One Q.

I understand the arguments on both sides here. On one hand, there's the argument that sexuality is a terribly personal thing. On the other hand, we know that Santorum has an openly gay man working for him, and how do you reconcile something like this? Gay and working for one of the most homophobic men in office? I don't know.

So read the article. It might prove insightful.


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