Just read an e-mail from a reader linking me to a piece an e-mail David Horowitz received and posted from a gay reader. In that missive, M offers a view on Andrew Sullivan’s shift to the left near identical to my own, that he did so for social reasons. That one-time conservative had grown tired of being ostracized in the gay community for his political views so he adopted the views of the gay “political milieu” “in order to maintain both friends and sex partners,” commenting:
I know this sounds crude, simplistic, and mean-spirited, but frankly it is the only plausible explanation I can think of. I made the decision long ago to wear the scorn of such people as a badge of honor. I was virtually excommunicated from the gay “community” years ago for my conservative political views, and have been quite content to associate with my fellow thinkers, regardless of their sexual orientation. Needless to say, VERY few of them are gay.
Sounds like this guy has experienced something similar to what a number of our readers (and even yours truly) has experienced.
I wonder if he reads this blog.