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August 29, 2007

August is Trolltastic!

What's going on around here this month, a Creepy Lying Troll Festival?

"I am not gay. I have never been gay."

- Senator and Lying Troll Larry Craig, (R) Idaho after being caught cruising for sex in Union Station and in a Minneapolis airport bathroom

Either on the Internet or in public bathrooms, it has been a virtual blizzard of creepy troll drama this month.

I'll have to admit, when I was about 19 and just coming out, the cruisy bathroom in the basement of the college library was where I had my first man-on-man sexual contact. In lonlier areas of Wisconsin, those kinds of cruisy spots are the only place where some closeted people know where to get it on with another guy. But I suspected there were healthier outlets, like bars, campus support groups, and counseling if need be, and checked them all out instead of choosing tearoom cruising which I consider a soulless way to get some sex, completely devoid of identity or intimacy. 16 years later I live in a fairly tolerant city with healthier options for socialization with other gays like me. DC is a city filled to the brim with educated, well-traveled, intelligent gay men where you are able to fall into a like-minded group of true friends who are out and [relatively] mentally healthy. It doesn't have to be all about sex, and friends will take care of you when times are down, be a good sounding board for you when you need advice, or otherwise do the things friends do.

But for others, gay sex is only about the act, and they disassociate that act with their identity. But they still can't resist that biological call, so they retain that minimal view of what being gay is.

Brendan made a fascinating comment on the topic yesterday:

"I had a friend who worked at the Crew Club in the mid 90's. He said when the Republicans took over congress in '94, they had a whole new crowd of customers (mostly young staffers, lawyers, etc) in their establishment, many of which had to be taught the basics of safer sex."

In other words, a clique of white men in power no different than brothers on the down-low here in DC. They have sex with men, but don't associate themselves with a 'gay' identity, and don't do the research on issues that affect gay men (safer sex, etc.), and think they are immune or outside of issues that affect gay men.

So I guess Larry didn't have the right group of friends, being on the down-low. He got caught once in Union Station and the news made it into several blogs, but seemed to get passed over in the mainstream media, who are beginning to catch on to the cognitive dissonance of a man in power who legislated consistently against issues affecting gays.

I'm guessing he does have a group of gay peers, all of whom shared his same values and beliefs - do what you have to do on the down-low, but do what you think others think you should do with your legislative acts.

Weatherwoof has similar sentiments with more froth on top! I'll have to admit, after thinking about his public denials about his tearoom behavior and denying being gay, I have reason to be just as pissed off as anyone. Larry Craig and his fucking hypocrite buddies are gay, but working hard against any issues that would help those gay men who are out and far more mentally and emotionally healthy than he is.

Posted by jimbo at August 29, 2007 9:23 AM


Oh, GOOD phrase! "Cognitive dissonance" is one of my favorites.

Posted by: Stephen J. Xanthos at August 29, 2007 1:48 PM

They called him Mother Craig...tsk tsk...

Posted by: Jocko at August 29, 2007 2:09 PM

@Jocko. I call him mother something else.

Posted by: DougT at August 29, 2007 5:34 PM

You must mean 16 years later? Surely you're not 45.

Posted by: Mike at August 29, 2007 5:38 PM

I think you're right about the power of positive brotherhood for gay men. But I think people like Larry Craig and those Republicans Brendan talked about are just like married guys of any race on the DL, just like preppy-and-partnered gay Logan Circle-ites who endlessly profess fidelity and the joys of monogamy to their friends while also endlessly trolling Manhunt and CL and sucking every cock in town in secret. It boils down to whether you really embrace your whole self, honestly and fearlessly, or you don't. And what happens after generally reflects what you chose. A lie is a lie is a lie. We just see many colorful shades from Larry Craig all the way to the corner booth at 18th & U Diner....

Posted by: Kevin at August 29, 2007 6:12 PM

Ooops - yeah, I meant 16, not 26 years later. I'm 36.

Posted by: jimbo at August 29, 2007 6:51 PM

What I can't get over when I think about these GOP closet-cases is this: How do you live with yourself knowing that you're spending your days trying to enact laws to vilify and harm people just like you? Then you go out and hunt for cock in bathrooms. It's just so twisted and pathetic.

Posted by: Sean at August 29, 2007 8:44 PM

Amen, Jimbo. Larry Craig doesn't believe he's gay..... he "just has sex with men."

Posted by: Andrew at August 29, 2007 8:47 PM

That man is gayer then a handbag full of rainbows!!

Posted by: Mark at August 29, 2007 10:28 PM

There is a toe tapping code for washroom sex? Who knew? I must need some remedial work in Gay 101. I have so many questions. Perhaps Miss South Carolina can help me out.

Posted by: don at August 30, 2007 11:34 AM

"Creepy Lying Troll Festival!"""
Love it...that's hysterical.

Posted by: patrick at August 30, 2007 11:55 AM

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