At Gay Pride, Rightbloggers Try to Keep It On The Down-Low, But Some Out Themselves

Pride Week's a fun time to rightblogger-watch, because rightbloggers just don't know what to do about the gays.

They must know straight America is losing its antipathy toward gay people -- Hell, even TGI Fridays is down with Pride. And some insist that the gay-hating stuff is behind them, too.

But homosexual panic remains a big part of the rightblogger lifestyle. When IMAO renames the Republican and Democratic Parties "The Don't Tread on Me Party and the I Have Girl Parts Where Man Parts Should Be Party," he knows he'll get a big laugh from his usual crowd, for whom the best measure of "political correctness" is whether or not you're willing to laugh at fag jokes.

And even in this allegedly more tolerant age, there's nothing that roils rightwing blood more than the sight of men in leather who aren't fronting an 80's metal band.

The famously fleshly and fetishy Folsom Street Fair, for example (both West and East Coast variants), has reliably been used to excite/enrage conservatives of both the Jesus and secular sort. (Michelle Malkin, 2008: "You'll be thrilled to know that despite economic uncertainty and panic over the failed [bank] bailout, San Francisco's infamous Folsom Street Fair went off over the weekend without a hitch." It was enough to put rightbloggers off FSF sponsors Miller Beer.)

This year was no exception. PolitiPage denounced a Republican's Gay Pride apostasy -- "GOP's Charlie Baker marches in Boston Gay Pride Parade! An absolute freak show. Any questions why Baker is stuck in the low 30s against a despised incumbent?" -- and helpfully illustrated with photos of guys wearing body paint and bridles. Blue Collar Philosophy published pictures of men in dresses, and thundered, "Gay Pride Parade In New York; We Want To Normalize This?" not realizing, perhaps, that Monty Python got there decades ago.

Also, rightbloggers reflexively associate gayness, and even gay-friendliness, with liberalism, which makes it anathema to them. At NewsRealBlog Chris Barnhart denounced this year's Pride events as "Leftist Pride... It's not about civil rights for any group of individuals. It's about pushing an agenda. Gay Rights and Gay Pride only exist for leftists."

Want proof? A gay columnist said mildly negative things about a Log Cabin Republican he'd slept with! "And thus," declared Barnhart, "the leftist bias inherent in the Gay Rights movement is revealed."

And what was one of the big charges against Dave Weigel, gone from the Washington Post on charges of antipathy toward conservatives? He "called opponents of gay marriage 'bigots.'" That proves he's left-wing! (Cliff Kincaid's story on Weigel uses the word "gay" nine times -- "paper's controversial publication on page one of two gay males kissing in celebration of gay marriage," "the Gay and Lesbian Fund of Colorado [funded by gay rights multi-millionaire Tim Gill]," etc. Someone's got a hidden agenda!)

So when Pride rolls around, very, very few rightbloggers -- including the (professed) gay ones -- cheer along with the rest of us.

But in an encouraging development for sane people, it appeared this year that fewer of them were actively denouncing it than in days gone by. Once upon a time, Pride Week always meant several posts at National Review about those darn gays ("Over at The Village Voice the call to follow gay marriage with legalized group marriage has already begun"). This year, National Review was practically gay-free. (In subjects, we mean.)

Many wisely stayed quiet about it -- including even the religious ones, for whom you'd think Pride would be an irresistible provocation. Some, duty-bound, noted the event and got out quick, as with the somber little notice filed at Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller, or only covered the unflattering angles, as did NewsMax, whose sole observance was "1 Dead, 3 Shot at San Francisco Gay Pride Event." ("How will the media and Liberal politicans spin this?" demanded Left Out in America.)

But though most rightbloggers were keeping it on the down-low, some of the brethren couldn't help themselves.

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