One of the annoying parts of homophobia is the over-generalized view many people have of gays and lesbians. They see the most outlandish people at the Pride Parade and think we’re all leather fetishists. They don’t see us as individuals and that allows them to lash out and discriminate. Yet when someone they like is revealed to be gay the ability to extend their personality to the larger community disappears. Why do they see the Dykes on Bikes as more representative of the community than their own friends?
The latest example is Sen. Santorum’s communications director and “trusted friend and confidant”, Robert Traynham. Traynham is the latest recipient of Michael Rogers’ Ray Cohn Award.
So all those other homos are vile; but Robert, he’s a mensch? He’s “one of the good ones”? And what makes an openly gay man, like Traynham, work for and support an anti-gay politician?
You know, Senator, I find it entirely unacceptable that MY personal life and the lives of people like me are considered fair game by bigots looking for arugments to amend my nation’s Constitution and advance their political careers.