Brad Stevens : Austin, TX

YOU'RE A GAY REPUBLICAN? YOU FREAK OF NATURE!
... The lonely world of a bisexual Republican

Ok, so let's get the something clear right away ... I'm not gay, but my boyfriend is.

Many people, especially my gay friends, think I'm a freak of nature for supporting a political party that condemns the gay lifestyle. Of course, this leads me to discuss this subject with them at length ... which inevitably turns out to be an intriguing conversation.

One thing becomes unequivocally clear to me in these conversations. It seems these conversations *need* to revolve around the subject of the acceptance of gay people within the political party in question for them to remain conversationally intact. I say the conversations need to revolve around this subject because it is clear to me that it is the *only* subject that is on the minds of many gay people, or at least the only political subject of which many are able to discuss in depth.

Now let me say that I certainly understand why the subject of gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered (GLBT) acceptance is important ... hell, it's important to me. Living with the freedoms, rights and protections offered everyone else is a goal of us all. And yes, I'll admit that when confronted with the overall facts of how the Republican Party oppresses GLBT people, I have little argument to the contrary. Although, it was the feel-good Clinton that signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) even though he told GLBT's that he supported their cause. Bullshit. That was just more bullshit from the master of deception. But, that's another article for another time. So, why is it that I am a Republican? Simple.

Being bisexual is not *everything* that I am.

My sexuality does not dictate my lifestyle and, thus, does not dictate my voting. There is a plethora of other political subjects that are important to me ... such as economic factors, national security and the freedom from government's ever revolving grip on the "less fortunate" to name a few. That being said, I certainly do consider a candidates position on GLBT matters before I step into the voting booth.

I'm sure that my gay friends would tell me that other political subjects are important to them as well. But, when I broach the subject with them, they look at me like I have two heads. They are seemingly unable to have an in depth conversation surrounding anything other than the gay political agenda. And, they look at me wondering why I would bring up other subjects than the GLBT issues. As a matter of fact, I've been accused of trying to change the subject to win my argument. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is that I see the argument larger than one subject (GLBT issues). I see the world a tad more complex.

If my gay friends do attempt to discuss the economy or national security, all they seem to spew out are sound bites heard on the six o'clock news. If I do so decide to engage them further in these subjects, they inevitably fold when pressed to support the sound bites with salient facts and/or are presented with conflicting information.

Of course, one needs to personally weigh the value of all political interests and vote accordingly. Indeed, I've often challenged myself with the thought that perhaps I do not value the subject of gay rights enough. Perhaps. Perhaps not. I choose to fight for the rights of equality through internal inclusion into the party itself. I believe that change truly does come from within. As well, change does come from being impacted from the outside. That is why my partner and I heavily and proudly support Lambda Legal, the organization who won the recent notable Supreme Court victory in the Texas Sodomy case. That was a great day for gay Americans ... but, now I digress.

Beyond gay friends who question my political affiliation, I should also mention that my straight friends have questioned the same. However, I have noticed that they look upon the situation a little differently than my gay friends. Once my position is explained, most straight friends are able to identify with my positions and are able to grasp the understanding of why I affiliate myself with the Republican Party.

Most of my gay friends simply can not identify with my positions. Strange really. At times, I think it's because they are unable to think for themselves ... just taking in and digesting the sound bites from left-winged fanatical groups as the gay-gospel. I also think they have lived the gay political agenda for so long that they are unable to broaden their horizons. For doing so would mean a fundamental change in their perspectives and pit them against the gay mass of lemmings. After all, who wishes to be oppressed by their own people after years of being oppressed by others?

Obviously, I have taken the position of risking my acceptance within the gay society. But, people who know me understand that I do not cower from frank discourse. Yes, the ride has been an intriguing one indeed ... one that has help shape my ability to look at subjects independently from the masses and reach my own conclusions.

Politics is a strange beast ... and one subject that many are uncomfortable chatting about in friendly circles. Unfortunate, that.

I firmly believe that if more people chose to enhance their knowledge of the full political landscape, there wouldn't be the opportunity for many of the congressmen to survive the next round of voting. But, as long as people who live on sound bites continue to vote, the longer those same congressmen will continue to oppress us all.

[UPDATE DECEMBER 5, 2008]:
Well, I wrote the article above on November 8 or 2003. And here we are 5 years later, in the midst of a economic disaster and the current President seemingly not engaging and leaving it all up to Obama. What a mess. So, go ahead, I'll take my comeuppance now!

In the election of 2008, I not only voted a straight Democratic ticket, I voted for a Libertarian if a Democrat was not on the ballot in local elections.

I'm still not convinced that the Democrats will do any better. There seems to be a bunch of smoke in mirrors Washington, that 68.3 square miles of illusion in the midst of reality.


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