While I don’t always agree with him, I believe Dale Carpenter currently to be the mostly consistently conservative columnist who writes on gay issues. In his latest piece, on the burgeoning number of conservative gay voices on the Internet, he seems to hold a similar opinion of us, calling our blog “the most reliably conservative gay blog on the Internet.”
In his piece, Dale observes how the Internet has facilitated the dissemination of gay conservative viewpoints. As he puts it, “Gay-conservative bloggers and Web sites, of which there are now dozens, are major competitors in this marketplace.” Just over a decade ago, it seemed that all gay people, at least those who spoke out on issues of concern to our community, were critical of mainstream America and at odds with the growing conservative moment in America as well as with the GOP.
That began to change as Andrew Sullivan rose to prominence in early 1990s and with the publication in 1993 of Bruce Bawer’s book, A Place at the Table: the Gay Individual in American Society. A year later when Dale began writing his column, “a narrow ideological band monopolized the gay press. The views expressed in gay periodicals, either explicitly in opinion columns or implicitly in ‘news’ features, ranged from liberal to radical.” At the same time, “Gay publishers and editors acted as gatekeepers of opinion, defining what was acceptable.”
The rise of the Internet limited the ability of these gatekeepers to prevent conservative gay opinion from reaching a broader audience. As I wrote a year ago, reviewing Hugh Hewitt’s book, Blog : Understanding the Information Reformation That’s Changing Your World, in large part because of blogs, the gay conservative “message is no longer blocked by gatekeepers who sneer at our politics and mock our values.”
Because of the growing media marketplace, especially the Internet, gay people no longer have to rely upon left-of-center news and opinion sources for information and commentary on issues of concern to us. Those in the gay media (and at some gay organizations) who wish to suppress our ideas, suggesting that their views reflect that of the gay community can no longer get away with the claim that they speak for all gay people. With the growing number of gay conservative bloggers, there are now gay voices publicly standing up to left-leaning gay organizations and gay media. And we’re reaching an ever-increasing audience.
In his piece, Dale lists a number conservative blogs and web-sites, many of which I check regularly. His latest column is thus a great resource for those who want a broader perspective on gay issues, a resource which will help people realize that the media image notwithstanding, gay people’s ideas are as politically diverse as those of straight people.
As with anything Dale writes, I recommend you just read the whole thing!
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com