In observing the silence (with a few notable exceptions) of gay organizations and activists about the noble example set by Dick Cheney from the moment his daughter Mary came out to him, through his tenure as Vice President and continuing to this very day, we learned about the true nature of those activists. They were less interested in changing attitudes toward gay people than promoting an image of an intolerant right-wing.
Any group (or individual) which regularly addressed gay issues and which was truly concerned about the treatment of gay people in American society would commend the conservative Vice President for the example he set, accepting his daughter as she is, welcoming her same-sex partner into their family, including her in public events as he would include his straight daughter’s husband.
To be sure, much (but not all) of the intolerance and hatred of gay people in America occurs on the right, but, as any gay individual involved in the conservative movement over the past twenty years has observed, there is an increasing openness to people like us. First, we were just tolerated as long as we kept our private lives to ourselves, now we’re often welcomed, even when we represent a gay auxiliary or blog.
The CPAC contretemps over the inclusion of GOProud represents, in many ways, a major milestone in the history of the gay right, indeed is illustrative of the state of mainstream conservatives today. A conservative organization seeks to include both social conservatives and gay conservatives. The extreme social conservatives raise a ruckus. And the conservative organization which won’t yield to their request to exclude the gay group.
If their goal were the general welfare of gay people in American today, gay groups would be singing hosannas, praising CPAC for it actions and commending GOProud for participating as a gay organization in a conservative confab. It shows just how far we’ve come in such a short time. But, in looking for praise from the leading gay groups, my google searches came up blank, as did my queries using the search engines on their websites. Guess they’re just not interested in the changing attitudes of American conservatives. And the continual improvement in the lives of gay Americans. That more and more of us, even those harboring conservative political beliefs, can live openly as gay men and women.
Shouldn’t gay activists be pleased when the political ideology, supposedly least open to “sexual minorities,” sides with a gay group in a contretemps with a leading right-wing institution?