Openly Gay: We’re Not Supposed to Say That Anymore

Openly Gay: We’re Not Supposed to Say That Anymore

Openly Gay: We’re Not Supposed to Say That Anymore

Hold on — what? Haven’t we been told that there’s nothing wrong with being “openly gay”? And that people who embrace that lifestyle should be commended for their “courage” and “honesty”? Moreover, if a blatant gay lifestyle makes you cringe a little, you’re a homophobic bigot who probably voted for Donald Trump. At least that’s what our social betters tell us.

But now a columnist is asking: “Is it time to retire the phrase ‘openly gay'”?

Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune is wringing her poor little hands over this question, and it’s partly because of Lori Lightfoot. Lightfoot is the frontrunner in the race for Chicago mayor, and she’s openly gay (there’s that term again!). Plus, next door in South Bend, IN, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (don’t ask me how to pronounce his name), might run for President. Oh, and he’s gay, too. Openly.

So Mary with her delicate sensibilities writes this:

“By now, the fact that gay people work in virtually every field is widely, if not universally, accepted, which raises a question: Is it time to stop describing “openly gay” people that way?”

She says a Facebook comment about Buttigieg got her thinking about the term “openly gay:”

“We have to retire ‘openly gay.’ It’s 2019 and that type of language does not fit in with the jargon used by millennials or most voters. Does anyone describe Joe Biden as openly corporatist? Or Beto O’Rourke as openly rudderless? There’s more to this candidate than his love life. The prurient nature of such a characterization reveals a bias, which does not belong in journalism.”

Um, maybe it’s because Joe Biden being a “corporatist” and Beto O’Rourke being “rudderless” is part of their behavior, not their identity. (Although I gotta say — I totally agree with the description of Beto.) And while crazy Uncle Joe Biden is many things, he doesn’t see “corporatist” as the sum and substance of his life.

But doesn’t “openly gay” fit some LGBT people? For example, there’s the cast of Netflix’s “Queer Eye,” who “advise men on fashion, grooming, food, culture, and design.” They’re all about being flaming queens, which seems pretty open to me.

openly gay

Or what about gay pride parades, especially those in San Francisco, the Gay Mecca of the World? Check out the “Leather Alliance” from the 2018 parade. I bet if you called them “openly gay” they’d take it as a compliment.

Just remember that you can’t unsee what’s in this video:

Or how about the 2019 Academy Awards, which turned out to be an award fest for the LGBT crowd? Even though some entertainment writers complained that the actors who played gay characters weren’t gay:

“But it must be said that when LGBT movies win Oscars, it’s not usually for LGBT artists or actors. Indeed, none of the main queer characters in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite” or “Green Book” are played by openly queer actors.”

“Openly queer” — I thought we’re supposed to “stop describing ‘openly gay’ people that way,” according to Mary Schmich. “In an era of gay rights and gay marriage it can feel unnecessary and outdated.”

So let me see if I can get this straight (no pun intended):

  • Gay activists tell us there’s nothing wrong with being gay. It’s who they are, dammit!
  • Gay activists celebrate being gay with parades, TV shows, movies — just about anything cultural.
  • They want us to know that being “openly gay” is just fabulous! 
  • But now a liberal writer tells us to stop using the term “openly gay.”

Look, I don’t care if someone is gay. There are flaming queens, and there are LGBT folks who just want to live their lives quietly. As the British actress Beatrice Campbell once said, “so long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses.” Although I’m pretty sure that the San Fran Gay Pride parade would scare the most docile of horses.

But liberal columnists should stop telling us what words to use, especially when it seems that lots of folks in the LGBT crowd personify the term “openly gay.” Hint to woke writers: you scold us about our language because you think you’re better than us. You’re not. So just stop.


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  • Nicki says:

    It’s pronounced “BUTT PLUG”

    Just sayin’

    And I don’t give a rat’s round rump if someone is gay. Whenever someone tells me about someone “openly gay,” I’m like, “Who gives a shit?”

    • cthulhu says:

      My understanding is that it’s pronounced “Booty-judge.” You couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried.

  • GWB says:

    There’s more to this candidate than his love life.
    Well, you know, that’s been kind of our point for quite some time now. It wasn’t US pushing this whole thing.

    part of their behavior, not their identity.
    So is being a homosexual, actually. It’s NOT “who they are” but what they do. That little bit of propaganda is one of the most successful in the history of the world. And one of the biggest lies.

    Or what about gay pride parades
    If dumping ‘openly gay’ means we get rid of those exhibitions of perversion, then I’m all for it!

    Look, I don’t care if someone is gay.
    I do. Because I care about all sinners who are mired in their addiction.
    But, honestly, if you don’t make a big deal of it, neither will I.
    If you DO make a big deal of it, then you can expect me to push back.

    you scold us about our language because you think you’re better than us. You’re not.
    THIS. This, this, this. The entire world seems to think they’re better than everyone else, and can shame them or tone police them into changing their ways. Ironically, when I say the same sorts of things, I get yelled at by these self-righteous [censored].

  • Shane Lowrey says:

    It’s pronounce “boot a judge”, not that anyone here cares.

    P.S. The video was fun and funny in different parts. Really liked the families that closed out the clip.

  • Richard C Youghn says:

    Where are they all coming from? The upsurge in single mother families?

  • max says:

    Hey, openly happy? When were they allowed to co-opt the word, “gay”? If they want to be “openly homo”, that’s their issue. But when Christmas comes, I’m not gonna go with “don we now our homo apparel”.

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