It seems that some liberals in the media have a remarkable unity of thought when it comes to gay conservatives. Since our pal Tammy Bruce started writing for Britain’s left-of-center publication, The Guardian, she’s asked the same question we at GayPatriot get on almost a daily basis:
. . . what is it like to be gay and conservative?
After all, those conservatives hate the homos, don’t they? It must be very, very difficult for me, one concerned reader noted, to be among the intolerant and hateful.
And no matter how many times we relate our experiences, we almost always get the same incredulous look, as if they know better what it’s like to be gay and conservative (from reading the New York Times) than we know what it’s like being gay and conservative (by being openly gay in conservative circles). In their reaction to us, they display a certain prejudice, a prejudice being:
They have come to their opinion without knowledge of the real experiences of gay conservatives. Not wonder Tammy finds that
The real story of bigotry and intolerance is the fact that it lives and thrives on the left. As a gay woman who spent most of her adult life pushing the cart for liberal causes with liberal friends in a liberal city, I found that sexism, racism and homophobia are staples in the liberal world. The huge irony is liberals spend every ounce of energy promoting the notion that they are the banner carriers of individualism and personal freedom, yet the hammer comes down on anyone who dares not to conform to, or who dissents even in part from, the liberal agenda.
Read the whole thing.
We have, by and large, found welcome on the right. And over time, the intolerance on the left makes us stronger. And helps us judge the character of our interlocutors. For while we often deal with liberal bigotry, we also frequently find open-minded “progressives” who in their interactions with us demonstrate an ability to rise above the prejudices of their peers.