Monday, January 25, 2010

In which we learn what the two kinds of gays are, and what we should think about them.

Today's episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show featured an interview with Rosie O'Donnell, including some footage from a documentary she filmed about her family going through a divorce, as an attempt to show (paraphrasing her words) that gay families are just like straight families.

During this episode, there's a preview of the next episode: "If your husband cheated on you with another man, would you stay? Why Gayle Haggard did."

See, it's important to show a balanced view of what it means to be gay in America. Despite what the religious right might want you to believe, there's not just one way to be gay. There are two.

On the one hand, you've got married lesbians with children, who love their children and maintain close family ties despite divorces. As far as I can tell from watching, this type of gay person doesn't have gay sex: their gayness just means their children have extra mommies.

On the other hand, you've got secret gay sex on meth, by someone in a monogamous relationship who publicly condemns homosexuality in the strongest possible language.

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