One of my favorite lines in the Lord of the Rings is when Sam imagines how future generations of hobbits will tell the tale of Frodo and the Ring. He envisions a father relating the story to his son and describing the erstwhile Ring-bearer as “the most famousest of hobbits.” Right now, it appears that Mary Cheney, by the mere circumstances of her birth, has become the most famousest of all gay people.
From the way she handled herself in her interview with Hugh Hewitt yesterday, that’s a very good thing. We should be grateful that chance (or fate) made this level-headed lesbian the most famousest among us.
Now that the transcript has been posted, be sure to READ THE WHOLE THING and you’ll understand why her prominence will do much to promote a positive image of gay people. Simply by having her on his program — for a full hour — Hugh exposed his listeners, many of them evangelicals and other social conservatives, to a thoughtful gay person. By coming across so well, Mary has certainly caused some of those listeners (who may not be favorably disposed to gay people) to reevaluate their attitudes towards us.
That’s why I have said she has done more for gays than most activists. As an open lesbian articulating her conservative views to audiences most activists shun, she can influence those not already sympathetic to our concerns. Most gay activists, it seems, merely preach to the choir (of like-minded listeners). No wonder they bash Bush so much; they’re merely appealing to their left-wing audience. Yesterday, Mary addressed a different audience — and did gay people proud. So, check out the transcript of her remarks to see how she did it.
And if you haven’t already bought her most excellent book, her words here should whet your appetite to read more of what she has to say. So, just get the book and you’ll see why Hugh Hewitt, Glenn Reynolds and I enjoyed it so much.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com