Strange Bedfellows: “Cuba’s Proud Persecution of Gays Notwithstanding…”
Gay activism has been in the headlines in the last week. While the cause for gay rights in the United States is a valid issue for discussion and debate, the inconsistency (and tactics) of this country's loudest gay activists is doing very little to advance the dialog, says conservative lesbian Tammy Bruce. In fact, the progressive/liberal/leftist ideology of the boisterous activists we saw kissing in front of Chick-fil-A locations, and defacing the property, plays into stereotypical opinions of gays. The bullied have become the bullies.
We already know gay rights in Cuba are only for the Castro-friendly gays on the island nation. Jack Cashill at American Thinker asks, "What Would Che Think of Same-Sex Marriage?" He makes the point that those gay and non-gay leftist activists in this country that scream for gay rights in this country seem not to mind the blatant lack of such in their beloved communist paradise of Che's and Castro's Cuba.
About thirty years ago, trying to scratch out a living as a free-lance photo-journalist, I took an assignment from the Kansas City Star Magazine to write about the city's gay church, the Metropolitan Community Church by name. In the course of my research, I covered a gay wedding, equal parts traditional and transgressive, to wit, a flower girl and a female best man. (Yes, Virginia, gays had weddings back then and did not even have to pay the IRS a marriage penalty.)
Although I tried to be as objective as possible, the Star spiked my submission for being "too positive." The reader rightly infers that our friends in the progressive media had yet to discover how much self-love could be culled from supporting so seemingly bourgeois a cause as gay marriage, gay anything for that matter.
Indeed, in 1969, the New York Daily News headlined its coverage of the watershed Stonewall rebellion, "Homo Nest Raided, Queen Bees Are Stinging Mad." Even the usually insurrection-friendly Village Voice dismissed Stonewall as the "Great Faggot Rebellion."V
These responses represented something of a progressive norm. As testament to the same, Cuban leaders were then attempting to purge their country of homosexuality, which they believed to be as much a by-product of capitalism as homelessness or hedge funds. Poster boy Che Guevara was particularly keen on "reeducating" gay and effeminate men and dispatched thousands, without charge or trial, to concentration camps.
Cuba's proud persecution of gays notwithstanding, many of the same people who are today hectoring imaginary homophobes were then sneaking off to Cuba -- Poster girl Bernardine Dohrn comes to mind -- and singing the praises of this brutally gay-bashing revolution.
At some point, however, progressive activists took up the cause of gay rights as part of the larger switch from revolution to "anti-racism." (The how and when of this will make an interesting history.) Given their continuing embrace of Castro's Cuba and their current alliance with radical Islam, these activists would seem to have little long-term interest in the welfare of their new gay friends. No, what excites them is the opportunity to use gay issues to divide America against itself.