The question a lot of people ask me when I tell them I moved to Minneapolis in 2002 is WHY? and I usually have some cute little answer about jobs or wanting to live in a city, etc. A lot of it, in fact most of it, has to do with not being able to be who I really was in my hometown. And here’s a perfect example of why:
Rep. Ike Skelton, a conservative Missouri Democrat, said he thinks the debate in Congress over the proposed repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law might force families to explain homosexuality to their children. (via 365gay.com)
Ike represents MO’s 4th Congressional District, which happens to cover the town I lived in for the first 23 years and 11 months of my life. He’s been in office since BEFORE I WAS BORN. Things have changed a lot since then, Ike. A loaf of bread was 36 cents and a gallon of gas was 65 cents.
Heaven forbid parents have to explain things that happen in society to their children. Let’s throw all the homeless people in jail, make sure anyone with any type of handicap never comes outside, and banish anyone that’s not a white middle or upper class family into some deep dark portion of a forest where nobody will ever have to see them. I think you’re on the right path, Ike.
His biggest concerns are the families, which is very sentimental, but with a mug like that, he’s going to scare people long before he even gets a chance to talk to them about the horrible stories of gays risking their life by fighting for their country.
Sorry for the all gay all the time stuff lately, but, hey. I’m queer, I’m here. Get used to it. (I suppose that’s my official coming out on twodolla.org, in case you wanted to mark that on your calendar.)