Gay conservative Brad Polumbo is really, really upset about the Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend, which wrapped up Sunday in Washington, D.C.
In a column published Tuesday in the Washington Examiner, Polumbo noted that over the weekend, he and his husband went out to dinner and then watched Game of Thrones. A friend of theirs “spent the weekend at home with his husband and their newly adopted infant.” But while they were living their “normal” lives, leather enthusiasts were celebrating “debauchery” and setting back the LGBTQ movement, according to Polumbo.
“D.C.’s degenerate gay community was busy celebrating ‘leather weekend’ — giving us all a bad name and annihilating what progress we’ve made,” he wrote. “Homosexuals were wrongly maligned for centuries as perverts and deviants. Modern left-wing gay people seem determined to keep up the public displays of debauchery that keep this stereotype alive.”
Polumbo went on to call the event “an affront to gay acceptance, the fight for which was actually rooted in an appeal to family values and bourgeois norms. … Real progress has been made by showing people that real-life gay people tend to be as boring and domestic as anyone else.”
Well, many are — even those in the leather and kink communities, some of whom are married with children. And Polumbo admitted that leather and other kinks are not limited to LGBTQ people (although he didn’t use that initialism). “These people are no different from heterosexuals with similar perversions, so why the exhibitionism?” he wrote.
Maybe it’s because we’re an inclusive community — and because even the most vanilla of gay sex is often still considered a “perversion.” At any rate, Polumbo got dragged royally on Twitter. A sampling: