In the Capitol Hill Closet
Just about everywhere you look, you’re bound to find someone who disagrees with you. After all, it’s a free country, and we’re all entitled to our opinions.
Of course, there’s a difference between “opinion” and ignorance or hatred, and the pedantic games played by so many in this country, who would see minorities continuously oppressed, are disheartening to say the least. What’s so scary about equality?
Contrary to what you may have learned in school, the battle for civil rights did not end in the ’60s. Civil rights—the fight for equality for all peoples—is an ongoing and, surely, everlasting uphill climb. Sadly, what should come as basic and inalienable human rights are often misconstrued and twisted to fit a white, Anglo-Saxon, heteronormative narrative that many of us accept without questioning.
One of the biggest topics of debate in our American society today is the rights of the LGBTQ community. Sadly, so much of the country and its leaders are against permitting these people their basic human rights, often using a backwards line of thinking that argues anti-discrimination bills are inherently discriminatory. The same arguments used to condone segregation and anti-miscegenation laws from the past are blindly applied to this ‘new’ scenario, and yet weak as they may be, many politicians use them at the highest levels of our country’s government.
So that makes the irony even sweeter when some of the most vehemently anti-LGBTQ politicians get busted in gay sex scandals.
Randy Boehning (R)
In 2015, North Dakota legislator Randy Boehning was outed after sending an unsolicited d*ck pic to a 21-year-old man on the gay hookup app Grindr.
Ironically, this came right after Boehning voted against a proposed anti-discrimination law in the North Dakota Senate. Boehning primarily argued that he was outed as an act of political retaliation.
Several days later, however, Boehning opened up about his sexuality, claiming he wasn’t ashamed of his Grindr profile (called “Top Man!”) because “That’s what gay guys do on gay sites, don’t they?”
He said he was ultimately relieved that he was outed, but that he is also attracted to women.
Steve Wiles (R)
North Carolina Senate hopeful Steve Wiles saw his anti-LGBTQ campaign come crashing down around him in 2014 after the news broke that he used to openly work as a gay drag queen at a popular gay bar. In fact, he use to organize the drag show, and he helped promote the 2011 Miss Gay American pageant.
He later said, “I think that everyone has their own choices to make and I’m fine with everyone making their own. For me, from a religious standpoint, just for my life, for me, it just was not something that I wanted to continue.”
George Alan Rekers
Married with children, George Rekers is a psychologist and ordained Southern Baptist minister known for enforcing strict gender roles in his academic work, as well as for founding the Family Research Council and for strongly supporting conversion therapy. In his work, he refers to homosexuality and transsexualism as “gender disturbances,” supporting behavior therapy as well as physical punishment to help “gender identity disorder.”
His intolerant history certainly made things awkward when he was caught returning from a European vacation with a 22-year-old rent boy named Jo-Vanni Roman, who was available for hire on Rentboy.com. At first, Rekers alleged that he had merely hired the boy to help him carry luggage; he later claimed that he was trying to help Roman abandon his homosexual ways.
Roman soon came forward to clarify that the two had engaged in sensual massages and body contact during their time together, and that Rekers had constantly requested nude photographs of him. “It’s a situation,” Roman explained, “where he’s going against homosexuality when he is a homosexual.”
Rekers continued to deny that he was gay or aware of Roman’s career, but he was still removed from the board of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality.