Where’s the concern about how antics (and crimes) of gay activists threaten to tarnish public perception of gay community?
“What is so bad about” the gay activists flipping off the Gipper’s portrait when visiting the White House at Obama’s invitation, our reader Nic wrote in the comments . . .
. . . is that the American Public only knows the gay community that moves under the banner of, “we’re queer we’re here get used to it!” These “activists” did nothing for the over all cause of the gay community. They made their cause look childish and sad.
Well, to be sure, thanks to folks like Ellen DeGeneres and Neil Patrick Harris, this is not the only image of gay people Americans have. These activists, as Nic added in a followup comment, “do not represent the entire gay community who are concerned about taxes, the economy and the debt.” Just like most Americans.
But, because these activists received such attention in the media last week — even the Huffington Post picked up the story, you’d think those who aspire to represent our community would have spoken out to, well, “differentiate themselves” from those juvenile antics.
Now, the Huffington Post has picked up another story which threatens to tarnish the image of gay people:
Police say they arrested 66-year-old Larry Brinkin, the high-profile gay activist, on possession of child pornography on Friday night.
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Brinkin retired from the Human Rights Commission in 2010, and has been a beloved member of the [San Francisco] gay community, with the Board of Supervisors even declaring the first week of February as “Larry Brinkin Week.”
Zombie has lots more. It is not pleasant reading.
No, most gay people don’t indulge in child pornography. This behavior is not representative of our community. But, given Mr. Brinkin’s prominence, you’d think our leaders would be quick to criticize his actions.
When I asked zombie if he was aware of any such criticism, he linked a comment in the San Francisco Chronicle (since removed) and alerted me to the Lesbian Conservative’s post where she thought that San Francisco’s “city fathers” would “have no other choice but to rename that cold first week in February [currently designated Larry Brinkin week] ….but then again, this is San Francisco, so maybe not.”
Gay leaders should join her — and us — in asking that the City of San Francisco remove Mr. Brinkin’s name from that week.
What this man is alleged to have done is far more offensive (far, far, far more offensive) than what Sarah Palin’s daughter once said. But, I could find nothing about it on HRC’s web-page. Or NGLTF’s. Or GLAAD’s.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Chris H finds “hilarious my Facebook timeline is full of outrage from my gay left friends over some people’s disapproval of Oreo’s rainbow cookie yet not one person has made a peep about Brinkin.” And I find it interesting that several of my conservative Facebook friends are delighted by the rainbow cookie.
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