Confidential To Obama: Sorry, There Is No “Gay Agenda”

In a recent interview with The Advocate, this is what Barack Obama had to say about a former professor of his:

“He was a wonderful guy. He was the first openly gay professor that I had ever come in contact with, or openly gay person of authority that I had come in contact with. And he was just a terrific guy. He wasn’t proselytizing all the time, but just his comfort in his own skin and the friendship we developed helped to educate me on a number of these issues.”

Right. Because that’s what gay people do–they “proselytize all the time,” hoping to get that toaster oven like Laura Dern did on the final episode of Ellen.

It always amazes me that people from one oppressed group do not understand the harm done by stereotyping other oppressed groups, but you’d think I’d be used to it by now.

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7 Responses to Confidential To Obama: Sorry, There Is No “Gay Agenda”

  1. “He wasn’t proselytizing all the time…”

    What an amazingly stupid comment!

  2. Diane, I am gay and Senator Obama was not proselytizing. I consider his comment as positive. What he is actually saying is that people should not sterotype. Gays are the last major miniority which remain politically correct to put down. He was giving his personal example of having met a gay person up close and then realizing that sex in NOT the center of our lives. See pronouncement futrher confirms many public affirmations of Barack’s honesty. Perhaps it would have been more politically expedient for him to say that he had never harbored any ill-will or preconceived notions about the gay community. BUT HE DIDN’T. This candidate has shown time and time again that he prefers to

  3. Diane Elayne Dees says:

    Senator Obama was not proselytizing.

    I didn’t say he was. Nor did I imply that he was. Please read the quotation again. Obama said the equivalent of what I heard a man say recently about his African American handyman: “He’s a good guy, you know, he doesn’t steal from me.”

    Obama’s comment reflects the most common type of bigotry in America–the kind that lies so deeply within people, they aren’t even aware it is there.

  4. (SORRY. I AM EXPERIENCING SOME COMPUTER PROBLEMS–HERE IS THE REST OF MY ENTRY) to take the high road, over doing what is politically expedient. We are so use to having politicans lie to us, that it’s difficult to understand one who speaks the truth–even if damaging to his personal aspirations. This professor proved to be just a regular type guy. By relating this personal story, he is encouraging others to look beyond the surface. People ,like books, cannot be judged by their cover. As a gay person, the fact that he admitted that he once viewed gays by their homophobic stereotype was refreshingly honest. With Baby Bush we have gotten eight years of lies and misrepresentations. Surely, we don’t want more of the same!!! Buzz

  5. Diane Elayne Dees says:

    This professor proved to be just a regular type guy.

    As opposed to what? The not-regular type guys we all knows gays usually are? Blacks who don’t steal, Hispanics who aren’t lazy, women who aren’t hysterical–these are the “compliments” that gays, African Americans, Hispanics, and women have to endure all the time, and they are the result of bigotry.

  6. It always amazes me that people from one oppressed group do not understand the harm done by stereotyping other oppressed groups

    In the African-American community in particular, homophobia is much more of a problem than people want to acknowledge. I’ve written about this at AoF previously, but it’s a very real problem that no one seems to want to talk about.

    I’m sure, given the influence of the preachers in the African-American community, Obama feels as though he’s walking a fine line whenever he’s addressing LGBT issues.

    Not that this excuses his comments, but it does suggest that the two movements (gay rights and civil rights) are hardly singing from the same hymnal.

  7. Obama’s discomfort with members of our community IS palpable. I’d link to his CNN-recorded homophobe moment if I had it handy.

    The Clintons are simply more universally inclusive. Both rallys that I’ve attended here in Philly are a diverse crowd. The 1992 Clinton campaign staff sported some pretty out folks and footage of her marching in various Pride parades documents her stand, her history, her committment.

    AND, this is only one issue.

    It’s HILLARY DAY in PA…

    Ms. SpinC