Latest Issue. Past Issues. Yet surveying the various panel discussions left me confused. Gay people were once policed as criminal subversives, depicted in the popular culture as deviants, and pathologized by the medical establishment as mentally ill.
Ellen defends hanging out with George W. Bush despite his anti-gay legacy
Gay Rights Have Already Been Won - The Atlantic
Ellen Degeneres has offered an explanation for why she was hanging out with George W. Bush, who as president opposed marriage equality, legal protections for LGBTQ workers, and appointed right-wing judges whose judicial philosophy is generally antithetical to legal equality. When we were invited, I was aware that we were going to be surrounded by many other people from different views and beliefs. I mean be kind to everyone. Yes, that was me at the Cowboys game with George W. Bush over the weekend. Bush is a war criminal with the blood of 1 million Iraqis on his hands.
The president said he decided to endorse an amendment because of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's recent decision granting marriage rights to same-sex couples, and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's decision two weeks ago to begin giving marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. California high court may get same-sex marriage. Bush has been under pressure from social conservatives within his political base to come out in favor of such an amendment, several versions of which are floating around Capitol Hill.
Following World War II, fears of Communist infiltration into American national security institutions combined with pervasive homophobia led both conservative and liberal politicians to endorse policies to remove homosexuals from administrative and military positions within the American government. The same fears led to ideological divisions within early homophile movement organizations such as the Mattachine Society. Midth-century homophile activists who pursued civil rights for gays and lesbians in the United States were primarily informed by Marxist political ideology and had ties to the American Communist Party. For the Mattachine Society, the divisions publicly erupted in when, at the organization's "Constitutional Convention," a majority of the delegates supported resolutions to disavow 'leftist' ideologies and elect new leaders without ties to the Communist Party. Ideological divides were also reflected in Homophile activism strategies.