by Leah Waldron
The second week of October has been especially crazy for the LGBT community. Maybe it’s the Presidential election being three weeks away, or the sudden onslaught of anti-gay marriage attack ads, but things are going downhill faster than Lindsay Lohan in a car with no (alleged) brakes. The following stories were particularly troubling, if only because they brought on more screaming and ranting than normal. But after the first Presidential debate, I’m sure our lungs can handle it.
5. Facebook: you need to get it together. This week, two gay students at the University of Texas at Austin were mortified (and shunned by their respective homophobic families) after Facebook outed them to everyone on their friend list. The unidentified gay students were minding their own business when Facebook advertised their participation in UT’s gay choir discussion group, despite the fact that they did not accept an invitation to the group discussion, and were never even invited to participate in the Facebook group (they were, in fact, in the choir). The “loophole” allowed UT’s choir to add the two students without their permission. Facebook fail!
4. Um…hypocrite? On “20/20” this week, viewers were introduced to Cecil Chao, the Hong Kong millionaire who offered a $65 million dowry to any man who could turn his daughter, 33-year-old lesbian Ci Ci Chao, straight. But as it turns out, the 76-year-old Chao has never been married himself, has had three children with three different women, and claims to have had sex with over 10,000 lucky ladies. He sounds like the perfect father to be pushing the monogamous, traditional route. Luckily, Ci Ci is married to a woman and seems to be treating her dad like a senile, but loving, idiot. (Maybe Cecil is gay too? Wouldn’t that explain his insecure “10,000” figure and his never marrying? It makes you think).
3. Michele Bachmann has a lesbian step-sister? That’s right, Michele Bachmann not only has a gay husband, but a lesbian family member. In an exclusive interview with “The New York Times,” step-sister Helen Lafave claims that ole’ crazy eyes (not her words) is super nice at family get-togethers (hugging Helen and her life partner, Nea, and trading “I love yous”) but the moment she and Nea are out of sight, Michele pulls a 360 and re-enters the anti-gay movement (for example, she has called homosexuality a “personal enslavement”). Helen became so angry at her sister that she wrote her a heartfelt letter. But guess who never wrote back—or even acknowledged the letter at all? Yep. Ole’ crazy eyes.
2. Lindsay Lohan says she’s voting for Mitt Romney. Never mind the fact that she’s dated a woman (DJ Samantha Ronson), and has admitted to being bisexual. But I guess protecting LGBT rights isn’t as important as “employment,” which she said was her reason for voting Romney/Ryan. But since Lohan is rumored to be cray-cray (more than one witness has said she talks to herself in an animated fashion, prompting rumors of schizophrenia), a Republican vote coming from a bisexual Hollywood celebrity makes sense. I wonder who Sam is voting for? (and what kind of fight will ensue if she’s an Obama fan).
1. Log Cabin Republicans manage to piss everyone off (even more that usual): This week in Broward County, Florida, the local chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans decided to run a magazine ad showing the lifeless body of Libya Ambassador Christopher Stevens, as he was carried through the streets of Benghazi. The ad, which was published in the LGBT magazine “Florida Agenda,” blamed Stevens’ death on Islamist homophobia (that’s right, homophobia), then proposed support for “the equality of rights in the state of Israel.” Um…what? First, Stevens was not gay, but even if he was (as some bloggers have tried to prove, unsuccessfully), his wife and children don’t need to hear about it less than a month after his death. And secondly, what does Israel have to do with the attack in Libya? Once again, the Log Cabin Republicans have managed to not only embarrass gays, but the U.S. military, a heroic Ambassador, and the state of Florida. But, hey. No one ever understands anything the LCR stands for.
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