Op-ed: The Mystery of Gay Republicans
BY John Carroll
November 27 2012 12:19 PM ET
Don’t even get me started on lesbian Republicans; I’ll need smelling salts. What kind of mind numbing drugs does one have to be on to be gay and a woman and still identify as a Republican? All the debate from Republicans over who does or does not own the rights to a vagina makes my head spin. I haven’t heard that much talk about “lady business” since the time I drove Eve Ensler home from the gynecologist.
When some religious zealot casts a vote against the LGBT community, we can write that one off as ignorant, prejudiced or, “If they only knew us.” What do we do when the vote is cast by one of our very own? How do we change the minds of those who are against us when there are members within our own community who try and sabotage our social and political gains?
One can only imagine the legacy gay Republicans expect to leave behind. When we talk about “standing on the shoulders of our ancestors,” I think of members of the Mattachine Society, the Daughters of Bilitis, the patrons of the Stonewall Inn and people like Harvey Milk, Larry Kramer, and Barney Frank, to name a few. Those who’s bravery and selfless acts fought for equality and the greater good of our nation, not those who’s selfish, fearful acts stood in the way of equality during the most important political election for LGBT rights to date.
After leaving our friends house, my husband and I decided to walk home so I could gather my thoughts and clear my head. As we passed The White House, we stood there, hand-in-hand and peered through the gate at that beautiful house illuminated with light. I thought about how far the LGBT community has come since I was a bullied little kid growing up on Long Island. Being gay is not a political thing for me, but who I intrinsically am. It’s not about being a Democrat or Republican, but continuing the fight for equal rights. It’s about picking up the baton from the generations before us — many who have died without ever knowing true social freedom — and paving the way for the generations ahead. And though self love and self worth might not come easily for some, I look at what LGBT people have accomplished throughout history and it fills me with an unshakable sense of pride to always fight for what is just and to stand on the right side of history. I dare gay Republicans to do the same.
JOHN CARROLL is a Broadway performer, and for more information on Carroll, go to TheJohnCarroll.com.