He . . . let down gay people. You can be sure social conservatives will be exploiting this to show how people like us prey on teenagers.
More often than not, it seems that when the sex lives of prominent gay men come to light, we see only those with bizarre obsessions. And their behavior helps paint a negative picture of gay male sexuality in the minds of American people. It would be as if Woody Allen or the pop-star Madonna served as the representative of straight people to American society.
Via a reader, I learned, however, of the gay Republican who should be more in the public eye, a retiring Congressman, a man I’ve met, who, on coming out publicly, focused on the same issues he always had before he was publicly identified as gay. And we learn via today’s Washington Post how this gay man, outgoing Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe, had “ppersonally confronted Foley” about his Internet communications with pages “as far back as 2000.” That’s right, one gay man took issue with the irresponsible behavior of another gay man. He showed the level of responsibility adults should show in such situations.
Through Jim Kolbe’s actions, we learn that it’s not a Congressman’s sexuality that’s the problem, but how he handles it. And while everyone knows of Ex-Rep. Foley’s immature conduct, even the Washington Post article on Kolbe devotes only a few paragraphs to the Arizona Republican’s conduct. It’s too bad this good man is not getting more media attention. Jim Kolbe, not Mark Foley, should be the public face of gay Republicans. For he is closer to us, far closer, than the disgraced Florida lawmaker.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest)