I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. I studied jazz, tap, and ballet for years. I’m terrible at sports and I’m an excellent chef. I think Judy Garland is sublime. I realize those facts are like a spacious warehouse of red flags broadcasting homosexuality, but the fact is, I’m straight. If I had to guess, the chief indicator that I’m straight is that when I think about or stand near women, my dick gets hard. When I’m around guys—even fit, muscular ones with no shirts on—my dick remains in its dormant state. When I’m around women, I think about my dick and how it might feel inside of their body somewhere (like their vagina; not like in France or something, though that would be nice too (I just remembered that I speak French too, which can often identify an American man as “le gay”)).
When I’m around men, I don’t think about my dick, unless it wriggles out of my boxer flap, as it sometimes does, and touches a cold button of my jeans’ fly, and then I’m like “Get back in your cubby, you little rascal!” and nonchalantly adjust myself.
Bepenised Texan Rick Perry’s been in the news over the last few days for releasing a nakedly bigoted anti-gay ad that he believes will help revive his dying campaign. It won’t, but it made me think of a story I recently heard that illustrated the mindset and motivation of someone who actively fights to reduce and take away the rights of homosexual human beings.
It’s the story of a young man slowly discovering and accepting his homosexuality and it is extraordinarily painful and beautiful to hear. I cried. What’s most interesting is that the guy in the story used to actively and publicly campaign against gay rights.
People who concern themselves with the rights of other adults who engage in consensual acts involving sex, love, and/or eating croissants together are damaged and in pain.
Hating them won’t work. That doesn’t fix anything.
So far, the greatest quote I’ve heard in my 34 years is this: “Hatred never ceases by hatred in this world. By love alone it ceases; this is eternal law.” Gotama the Buddha said that about 2,500 years ago. Since it’s eternal, as he said, that means it applies right now.
I’m not suggesting that Rick Perry or those who campaign against gay rights are gay themselves. Some of them are, some of them aren’t; I don’t care. But they are damaged by, and damaging with, their hatred. I hope, for them, and for the people they are actively harming, that they can begin to experiment with some kindness and sympathy, and try on for size that Golden Rule that benefits both the giver and the recipient with real and immediate peace.
Homophobes aren’t going to hell, like they often say their perceived opponents are. Rather they are in hell, and they prolong their stay with each hateful act, word, and thought. They can leave whenever they want.
I hope you will listen to this story, because it is wonderful. It’s from an episode of This American Life called “So Crazy It Just Might Work.” It’s about a guy named Benny, whom you’re going to love.
Rep. Joe Barton is poised to chair the House Energy Committee (the man who, this summer, apologized to British Petrol when the Whitehouse asked them to please remove their oil from our ocean).
Even states are forced to cross the border for drugs. Arizona’s tough border policy bends to allow foreign drugs that state officials need to kill prisoners. That DNA evidence exonerated the man in question of the crime that resulted in his death sentence was of little concern to the clemency board.
While on Arizona and its controversial border law that passed this spring, it is now evident that the law was drafted and fast tracked by Corrections Corporation of America (among other patriotic corporations such as Exxon, The NRA, and RJ Reynolds), the largest private prison company in the country which, not coincidentally, is contracted to detain illegal immigrants in the state of Arizona. In Corrections Corporation of America’s annual report, executives announced that "immigration detention is the next big market," and that they expected Immigration and Customs Enforcement to provide a significant portion of revenue. Two of Arizonas governor Jan Brewer’s top advisors, her spokesman Paul Senseman and her campaign manager Chuck Coughlin, are [former] prison lobbyists.
I wouldn’t be surprised to find that a lot of anti-legalization propaganda is funded by these private corrections companies that earn substantial revenue housing prisoners convicted of minor drug offenses.
On a personal note, I think I’m finally ready to embrace the Tea Party. The US defense budget for 2011 is between $1.003 - $1.223 trillion dollars, so the day they’re willing to eliminate that expense from the US budget, I’ll sign up. Or maybe vouchers? Conservatives love vouchers - but instead of suggesting free-market economics for education, why not give Americans military vouchers? Those patriotic homeland heroes among us can buy all the bullets and tanks and Bourne Identity black ops they wish, and the rest of us… well we just have to hope that tens of thousands of Iraqi and Afghani citizens find another way to be killed without our tax dollars.