I should perhaps link blogger/activist Michael Petrelis more often on this blog. Michael is a lefty whom I first met at Marvin Leibman’s 70th Birthday Party in 1993. I was surprised then that someone so radical could be so cordial to all the gay Republicans in the room — as well as to some of the straight Republicans.
Unlike all too many of his ideological confrères, Petrelis is a man of integrity. He has criticized the gay left, heaping particular scorn on Joe Solmonese and HRC. In the wake of Prop 8’s passage, he called for Geoff Kors to resign as head of Equality California. As have we here at GayPatriot. Also like us and unlike the national gay organizations, he has focused on the plight of gay people in Iran.
Lately, he’s been standing up for gay Iraqis increasingly facing persecution.
Unlike all too many on his side of the political aisle, Petrelis actually commends conservatives when they do the right thing. He did just that in a blog post yesterday, singling our for praise a man he described as “a hard-right blowhard self-declared heterosexual,” Big Hollywood’s John T. Simpson:
In a May 8 post, framed by the argument that Ronald Reagan was more of a friend to LGBT citizens than Barack Obama, Simpson segues into a diatribe about the troubles and slayings of LGBT people in Iraq.
As irritating as some of Simpon’s writing and rhetoric may be, he’s saying some important things we ought to listen to. His heated words used to emanate from Queer Nation types, and, more cool comments about this subject might have come from professional homosexual advocates at HRC, NGLTF and GLAAD in the 1980s.
But now the m.o. is to basically keep a shut mouth about the atrocities faced by LGBT people in Iraq. Except for a damn straight GOP loud-mouth, stirring up the pot.
He thanked Simpson for “asking the troubling questions HRC, NGLTF and GLAAD are supremely uninterested in posing.” Calling what’s happening in Iraq a pogrom, Simpson wonders at the latest media obsession of the gay left:
And somebody wake up Perez Hilton. Bigger problem here than Miss California, methinks. See if she can’t get the Prop 8 crowd as rabid on the horrific slaughter of Iraqi and Iranian gays as they are with the Mormon Church and us!
In his post, provides ample evidence for his claim that the Gipper was better for gays than the incumbent President of the United States.
Kudos to Simpson for pointing out this horror. And Kudos to Petrelis for praising a conservative for standing up for gays. If more left-leaning gay bloggers did that, more broad-minded conservatives might speak out on our behalf, knowing they’d be acknowledged for their good words.