In Dale Carpenter's recent column, he argues that gay people have started treating gay Republicans worse this year than we usually do:
Time and again gay conservatives have been called self-hating, treasonous, and selfish. It's the worst vitriol against gay conservatives I've seen in 15 years in this movement.
I know that whenever they make claims like these we're all supposed to start crying, acknowledge the error of our ways, and give conservaqueers even more power in the gay rights movement. On the one hand, they want profit from liberals' general tolerance towards others. On the other hand, they want to use the space created by that tolerance to support those who would throw us all in prison.
While Republicans generally want everyone to live in man/woman/children nuclear families and just stop bothering them with diversity, Carpenter says that the LGBT movement has to choose between conservaqueers and transgender people:
But the more I've thought about it, the more I realized the critics are right. People like me do not belong. When you think about it, what do we have in common with this movement?
True, we share same-sex attraction. But even that has been diluted with the addition of transgender causes. Indeed, the insistence of movement leaders on "T" inclusion -- even at the cost of passing pro-gay legislation -- has only highlighted major conceptual differences between gay conservatives and leftists about what exactly we're fighting for.
One would think that after complaining that his accomplishments for the movement have been marginalized that he would be a bit more in favor of trans inclusion, but that's expecting to much. That's expecting him to really want inclusion, when in fact he doesn't want the gay rights movement to stop insulting queer conservatives. He wants the rest of us to bend over backwards and let them control the entire thing.
Consider the LCR's response to Sarah Palin endorsing the Federal Marriage Amendment:
We disagree with Gov. Palin on this issue, but we're glad that Sen. McCain agrees with us. The president sets the policy for the administration. Sen. McCain twice voted against the federal marriage amendment and continues to believe the states should decide this issue.
Of course. Why should John McCain have to take responsibility for Sarah Palin's politics? He only picked her to be his successor.
It's that kind of stuff that annoys the rest of us when we hear about gay Republicans. And it's that kind of stuff that prevents them from being taken seriously.
But Carpenter makes this all easier for us when he implies that we have to choose, as the LGBT community, between transgender people and conservaqueers.
Is there even a question there?