I often complain about the hypocrisy of closeted politicians and church leaders who espouse anti-gay bigotry and vote to strip LGBT citizens of equal rights. With virtually no exceptions, these hypocrites always turn out to be Republicans or hold positions in anti-gay churches and organizations. As noted many times, I favor "outing" such people for the damage they do to the LGBT community. They throw away their right to "privacy" the moment they take up anti-gay positions and interfere with the lives and privacy of members of the LGBT community. The Advocate has put together a partial list of such foul, hypocritical individuals. Here are excerpts (read the entire piece):
The internet was buzzing in January when an editor at a gay website in Virginia wrote that he'd encountered an antigay Republican lawmaker while on Grindr, without naming the person. Not every antigay crackpot is actually gay, but there's no shortage of those who actually are. Here are some hypocrites who just couldn't practice what they preached.
George RekersThis antigay activist and cofounder of the Family Research Council shocked the world in 2010 when he was caught returning from a European vacation with a male escort he found on Rentboy.com. He initially claimed he hired the man to carry his luggage because he had just had surgery and wasn’t able to lift anything. Rekers also tried to explain himself with a Facebook post: “I deliberately spend time with sinners with the loving goal to try to help them.”
Troy KingRumors of Alabama Attorney General Troy King engaging in an affair with a younger male assistant (a former Troy University homecoming king) circled the Internet in 2008. King, who promoted bans on homosexuality and sex toys, was reportedly found in bed with the young man by King's wife. When seeking a second term as attorney general in 2010, King lost the Republican primary to Luther Strange. King, who did not publicly address the rumors, . . .
Richard CurtisConservative Washington State Rep. Richard Curtis, who had voted against a domestic partnership bill and a bill that would have outlawed discrimination based on sexual orientation, was accused of soliciting sex from another man in 2007. After the news broke, Curtis resigned from his seat . . . . He claimed he wasn't gay and accused the man, a paid escort, of extortion, but later told prosecutors he wanted the changes dropped.
Glenn Murphy Jr.This antigay advocate and former president of the Young Republican National Federation was sentenced to six years in prison after he was found guilty of sexual assault for performing oral sex on an unwilling male after a 2007 private party for Republican supporters in Indiana. Another man had accused Murphy of sexual assault in 1998, but no charges were filed.
Bruce BarclayAn antigay county commissioner in Cumberland County, Pa., Barclay resigned from his position in 2008 after being caught hiring male prostitutes and using hidden cameras to videotape at least 100 of these sexual encounters at his home.
Roy AshburnCalifornia state Sen. Roy Ashburn came out in 2010 after reports surfaced of him being arrested for drunk driving after partying at a gay nightclub in Sacramento. In an interview with Bakersfield radio station KERN, Ashburn said, "I am gay. Those are the words that have been so difficult for me for so long. But I am gay.
Larry CraigU.S. Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho was arrested in 2007 on charges of lewd behavior in an airport bathroom, for allegedly making advances to an undercover police officer. In prior years, Craig’s antigay voting record had earned him praise from conservative groups such as the American Family Association and the Family Research Council. He pleaded guilty and paid a fine, then attempted unsuccessfully to withdraw the plea, all the time saying he was not gay and had merely touched the officer accidentally.
Ed SchrockIn 2004, Republican Virginia congressman Edward Schrock suddenly withdrew from his race for a third term after allegations arose that Schrock was secretly gay. Gay activist Mike Rogers's website claimed Schrock had been recorded several years earlier using a telephone service on which men would place ads to arrange liaisons with other men. Schrock, who never confirmed the rumors, had been opposed to letting gay people serve in the military . . .
Bob AllenAllen, at the time a Florida state representative and cochairman of Sen. John McCain's presidential committee, was arrested in 2007 when he agreed to pay an undercover police officer $20 to allow him to perform oral sex on him (Allen claims he thought the muscular officer was trying to rob him and he offered sex out of fear). Allen, who was convicted and resigned his office, was known as one of the most homophobic politicians in Florida.
Phillip HinkleIndiana state Rep. Phillip Hinkle, who voted for an anti-marriage equality amendment to Indiana’s constitution, was caught in a sex scandal in 2011 when he answered an ad on Craigslist from an 18-year-old named Kameryn Gibson, who was looking for a “sugga daddy.” Once the two met a local hotel, the young man had a change of heart and decided against the arrangement. Once Gibson’s sister arrived to pick him up, Hinkle offered his iPad, cell phone, and $100 for the two to keep quiet.
Roberto ArangoIn 2014, nearly four years after he was caught sending nude photos to men on Grindr, former Puerto Rico Sen. Roberto Arango came out as gay.
Randy BoehningNorth Dakota state Rep. Randy Boehning, who in April had voted against a bill that would offer housing, workplace, and other protections for LGBT North Dakotans, recently came out as bisexual after it was revealed that he had sent explicit pictures to a 21-year-old man on Grindr.
Matthew MakelaMichigan pastor Matthew Makela recently made headlines after he was caught sending sexual messages to a man on Grindr. One missive: "I love to make out naked. Oral and massage. And I top." Makela was no friend to LGBT people, often railing against homosexuality and saying transgender people are “aiding opportunistic sickos in preying upon children and others.”
Ted HaggardAntigay evangelical pastor Ted Haggard had a bad year in 2006, when prostitute Mike Jones claimed the pastor paid him for sex and did meth in his presence. Months later, Haggard was forced to admit he had a sexual relationship with a 20-year-old male volunteer at his church.
For the record, I helped Mike Rogers "out" Ed Schrock and would do it again in a heart beat. At the moment, I cannot help but wonder how many closeted North Carolina Republicans there are that voted for HB2. In my view, concerted efforts need to be made to either out this individuals and/or expose their extramarital affairs to show the hypocrisy of their "family values" blather.