Wednesday, April 14, 2004

The New York Times Magazine profiles a group of D.C. Log Cabin Republicans and their struggle with loyalty to a party that increasingly treats them as less than citizens, if not less than human. This quote leapt out at me:

"This is definitely a more closeted city than some other places," said David Catania, a Republican city councilman in D.C. who is gay. "We're in conservative professions here. If you work for someone, your job as an aide is to be in the background, not part of the story and certainly not part of some whispering campaign. But oh, my God, this town could not function without the gays and lesbians who by and large don't have responsibilities for children, who can work 80 hours and who sacrifice everything on behalf of their careers."

Oddly enough, David and I went to the same high school in Kansas City, and came up through the same debate program, though he graduated before I started debate. We met a couple of times and had a number of friends in common, which is how I heard this (probably apocryphal) story about his coming out to his parents: "Mom, Dad, I have to tell you something. You'll probably want to sit down. I'm...a Democrat." Much gasping and grasping of chests by his parents. "No, no, I'm just kidding. But I am gay."

Later in the article, he says, "People say to me, 'How can you stay a Republican,' and I just have to laugh... How could I be anything but? It's a congenital part of who I am." I know for a fact that's true, and it's a sign of the moral bankruptcy of the Republican party that they'll cheerfully sell out true believers like David to secure the votes of a bunch of bigots. Read the article; these people have worked their asses off for Bush and got betrayal in response: more evidence that the famous "Bush loyalty" is a one-way street.

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