I had meant to blog on “Town Hall” on Proposition 8 I attended now nearly two weeks ago in West Hollywood. I had some interesting experiences where I was pegged as “the gay Republican,” yet my remarks were treated with respect and my person with dignity.
I, like everyone else who signed up to speak, was given a chance to address the gathering. I received a few hisses, but no one interrupted my comments (limited to two minutes as were those of all speakers) nor did anyone attempt to shout me down.Â Kudos to the organizers for leading a civil discussion.
That’s not to say I don’t have some criticisms of the event. While some time has passed since the meeting, some of the issues that came up remain timely. One thing which struck was how many speakers contended the passage of Proposition 8 had at least one positive outcome: it sparked a new spirit of protest in the gay community.
They seemed to think that protest was a good thing and wanted to return to the heyday of the 1960s and 1970s where such angry gatherings were a regular occurrence.
I thought of that enthusiasm for demonstrations when, earlier today, I read Patrick Range McDonald’s LA Weekly post on an upcoming protest against President-elect Obama’s choice of Rick Warren to offer the invocation and his inauguration next month. That Orange County pastor supported the “Yes on 8” campaign.
It seems that some gay activists are just looking for an excuse to take to the streets. Why this need to be perpetually angry and to vent their spleens so publicly?
Maybe they should ponder Camille’s Paglia’s post about how such protests often lead to a backlash. Instead of taking to the streets, they should engage in some introspection, wondering why they’re so ready to rant and rave.