You think I'm joking? A few days ago Fred Litwin, who blogs at Gay and Right, announced at the Conservative Convention in Winnipeg that he had started a new organization called Gay Dominion to act as a resource for gay and lesbian conservatives in Canada. I had a modest role in helping Fred get this started, and in fact suggested the name as an homage to the historical name of Canada ("the Dominion of Canada") as a way to draw attention to the fact that gay conservatives support traditional conservative values of liberty, freedom, equality, property rights, personal responsibility and respect for the rule of law. Well, some liberal bloggers have blown a gasket at the thought that some homos have wandered off the liberal plantation and are cracking the whip of gay orthodoxy.
Take Montreal Simon for example. He refers to Fred as "Uncle Fred", complete with a YouTube clip of happy tap-dancing negroes. Here's what he has to say:
I hate blogs with the word Dominion in them. They remind me of tea and crumpets, and thanks to Free Dominion, of racists, and homophobes, and other nasty crawling things.
So imagine my shock when I came across a new Canadian Con one called Gay Dominion.
Gosh is that a pink triangle in their logo or a martini glass?
Now look.... I have to admit my first reaction was to wonder whether we could HUSH it up. Shove it back in the closet. So straight people wouldn't find out that some gays support the Conservatives. Like the 27% of gay Americans who apparently voted for John McCain and the Christianist homophobe Sarah Palin.
You know the gay IDIOTS.
The ones who want the gay rabble to be like them. i.e. buttoned down, boring and BOURGEOIS. The ones who embarrass us all the time by supporting Conservative parties full of raging racists,sexists,and homophobes.
But then I realized that Gay Dominion was only the work of Uncle Fred of Gay and Right.
And he's been embarrassing us for YEARS. Whew!!!
If he's not denying global warming, he's going after the Mooslims, or blasting lefty gays for being politically correct, or joining the homophobes in the wingnut crusade against the Human Rights Commission. Or putting down the gay rabble for being too strident or flamboyant.
That's why me and my friends call him Uncle Fred. As in EVERY family has one. You know the crazy but harmless old uncle you have to watch like a hawk at a community gathering. In case he unzips himself...and starts pissing in the punch bowl. Or stirring the macaroni salad with his PENIS.
But look I don't want to be too hard on Fred. After all he IS gay, so he is part of the gay community he hates whether he likes it or not. Because the homophobes don't care whether you are left-wing or right-wing. And we accept ANYONE.
So I want to wish him and Gay Dominion all the best. I hope it serves as a flaming forum where crabby old Conservative queens can discuss their favourite subjects. Like Global Cooling ....political correctness....the monarchy....Stephen Harper's irresistible manly manlyness....how to mix a good martini... and of course, why can't those young faggots be as respectable and BORING as we are?
So on behalf of the gay lefty rabble I just want to say.
Now that I've seen these gays Cons in action.
I think they're......um..... TERRIFIC !!!!
And Dr Dawg, who is not gay as far as I know, blogged from the Conservative Convention about Gay Dominion, comparing Fred (who is Jewish) to "Jews and blacks who have reportedly joined the KKK":
But I may as well confess that it bothers me when I see gays, people of colour and so on attach themselves to a party whose ideological core is so antipathetic to who and what they are. Fred has launched a group called Gay Dominion, which at this point has four members. (Montreal Simon, for one, is less than kind about this initiative, and I suspect, from the other side, that some of Fred's compatriots might fuss about the notion conveyed by the title.) Pigmentation on the convention floor was scant, but it was in evidence nonetheless.
"False consciousness" comes to mind, but for a number of reasons I'm not attached to that concept. I see it simply as profound confusion. Now, the Right always pounces when we make that kind of observation--somehow they see it as imposing leftist ideological correctness upon women and minorities. Not guilty. I don't expect all human beings to be ideologically coherent. There have even been Jews and Blacks who have reportedly joined the KKK, after all. But the contradictions, at least from my perspective, seem excruciating.
I have posted on the subject of gays in the Conservative Party before (here and here if you want to read more) but I'll just leave it at this: I have never encountered from Conservatives who know I am gay the animosity and vitriol directed at me by gays who find out I'm a Conservative.
UPDATE: I get a love letter from Montreal Simon which nicely illustrates my point. Wow - that's a lot of intolerance from someone who purports to be "Against H8".
UPDATE II: Some sanity & decorum from the gay left: this from Matt Guerin at Queer Liberal:
I do want to congratulate the founders for launching this movement. I'm not one of those liberals who thinks queers can't be conservative. I've always seen great value in having queers inside the palace gates, so to speak. Once queer equality gains acceptance among the country's conservatives, that's it the battle is won (on a national scale) for queers and their allies. I know that gay conservatives, through their personal connections with fellow party members and other conservatives, do have a major influence.
So I wish gay conservatives well. We can agree to disagree on prosecuting hate speech, but I still respect them.