Normally, I’m against any attempts at intrusions into other people’s private lives. This is especially true when it comes to closeted gays and lesbians, who may be unable to come out without incurring all sorts of negative repercussions, depending on their environment and circumstances. But when it comes to hypocrites in the government trying to legislate what people can or cannot do in the privacy of their bedrooms, all the while engaging in the same behaviors they try so persistently to eradicate, it’s only fair that the gloves come off.
And so, that’s why I love and fully support this proposal by Bil Browning over at LGBT blog The Bilerico Project:
I'm sick and tired of hypocritical Hoosier legislators who think that our personal lives are any of their business. Do I intrude on who they're sleeping with? I didn't, but I'm going to start now. We need to show them that unnecessary intrusion into other people's relationships is not only unwelcome but unwarranted. We need to burn their hand so they won't touch the stove again.
Now that a marriage discrimination amendment has passed the Indiana House of Representatives, apparently it's time to put out the same call I made in 2007 that helped to kill attempts to amend the constitution until now. Last time we found out that Senator Brandt Hershman, one of the sponsors of the amendment and right-to-life darling, had forced his wife to have an abortion in 1997 before he filed for divorce one week later. I also found an anti-gay legislator who was shtupping a male hairdresser while his wife died of a long-term illness.
Consider this a call to gossip. I want to know the scoop. Tell me the stories that will embarrass those conservative bigots - Democrats and Republican - that are backing a constitutional ban on our formalized relationships. Send me gossip about who's a philanderer, a kink fiend, a drug addict, a porn addict, or had a divorce, an abortion or even a stay in rehab. Ask your friends and family for the dirt. Look it up on the internet. Sniff out a lead and send it my way.
I specifically want to learn more about the alleged blowjob one of our married legislative leaders got caught receiving from a staffer in the Statehouse parking lot. I also want to know more about the single Senator who got all of his money after a rich non-related older man died and left it all to him. Rumor has it that there's a handful of legislators who are in the closet and have been spotted visiting the Unicorn Club's strippers and the gay baths. Several southern legislators supposedly have a fondness for blow.
Do you know who they are? Will you tell me? E-mail me and I'll blow the whistle.
This may come across as a bit petty, but frankly, some pettiness is greatly overdue when it comes to fighting for equal rights for LGBT folks. Not to mention that this isn’t merely some juvenile attempt at name-calling, but serves an actual purpose: exposing the two-faced assholes who are so quick to denounce the very things they enjoy doing as unsuitable for anyone else. If it’s good for me but not for thee, then maybe the people should know exactly with whom their elected legislators consort behind closed doors.
Make the bastards sweat a bit. Might make them think twice before screwing factions of their electoral base over and over again. Part vengeance, part justice, and wholly deserved.