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Yet Another Display Of Intolerance By The Usual Suspects: Gay Man Comes Out As A Conservative, Subsequently Rejected By His Community

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:34 am

[guest post by Dana]

Bigotry toward those who think differently has always been the designer label worn by those on the left side of the aisle. Whether in the gay community, academia, Hollywood or in some other bastion of liberalism, it remains the litmus-test of acceptance and acceptability.

Chadwicke Moore is almost a cliche: He is a 30-year old gay journalist living in hip Williamsburg, where the political stripe of the masses is unquestionably liberal.

Yet recently, Moore personally experienced just how ugly and intolerant the left can be when someone dares to break rank from the lockstep beliefs of the community. After his intentionally neutral story about Milo Yiannopoulos appeared in a gay magazine, Moore was the target of a backlash from that community, including being rejected by long-time close friends who felt betrayed and no longer wanted anything to do with him. Perhaps not unlike when they themselves came out to their own families about being gay… But the shunning of Moore, the complete rejection of him is, of course, perfectly acceptable, and frankly, expected. Because, as we’ve been instructed, ad nauseum, this particular brand of intolerance is righteous and a good thing. Sadly, Moore says that in the same way that coming out to his family when he was a 15-year old was the hardest thing he had ever done, so too is coming out as a conservative in New York:

After the story posted online in the early hours of October 21, I woke up to more than 100 Twitter notifications on my iPhone. Trolls were calling me a Nazi, death threats rolled in and a joke photo that I posed for in a burka served as “proof” that I am an Islamophobe.

I’m not.

Most disconcertingly, it wasn’t just strangers voicing radical discontent. Personal friends of mine — men in their 60s who had been my longtime mentors — were coming at me. They wrote on Facebook that the story was “irresponsible” and “dangerous.” A dozen or so people unfriended me. A petition was circulated online, condemning the magazine and my article. All I had done was write a balanced story on an outspoken Trump supporter for a liberal, gay magazine, and now I was being attacked. I felt alienated and frightened.

I hope New Yorkers can be as accepting of my new status as a conservative man as they’ve been about my sexual orientation.
I lay low for a week or so. Finally, I decided to go out to my local gay bar in Williamsburg, where I’ve been a regular for 11 years. I ordered a drink but nothing felt the same; half the place — people with whom I’d shared many laughs — seemed to be giving me the cold shoulder. Upon seeing me, a friend who normally greets me with a hug and kiss pivoted and turned away.

Frostiness spread far beyond the bar, too. My best friend, with whom I typically hung out multiple times per week, was suddenly perpetually unavailable. Finally, on Christmas Eve, he sent me a long text, calling me a monster, asking where my heart and soul went, and saying that all our other friends are laughing at me.

I realized that, for the first time in my adult life, I was outside of the liberal bubble and looking in. What I saw was ugly, lock step, incurious and mean-spirited.

God, if Moore becomes politically active, let’s hope for his sake that he doesn’t own a hotel…

Read the whole thing.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back)


41 Responses to “Yet Another Display Of Intolerance By The Usual Suspects: Gay Man Comes Out As A Conservative, Subsequently Rejected By His Community”

  1. These people are so boringly predictable.

    Dana (023079)

  2. You WILL toe the line on diversity!

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  3. This guy figured it out in thirty years. Some folks take longer. Actual Homo Sapiens know it from birth.

    Richard Aubrey (a09608)

  4. Meh. He was surprised? He didn’t know his own kind? They had problems with Obama even after all he did for them. You cannot make the mentally ill happy. All you can do is keep away from them.

    nk (dbc370)

  5. What is it with this thing? Anyway, I wonder if he, thinking back, recalls doing to others what was done to him?

    Richard Aubrey (a09608)

  6. if your friends abandon you just cause of you’re gay and you write a neutral article about Mr. Yiannopoulos for a gay magazine they were never really your friends to begin with

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  7. This sound like what happens when you leave Scientology. You get branded an enemy of the “church”.

    Leah Remeni talks about people she had known for decades turning around and running away from her.

    The only difference I see is that liberals don’t have to write reports.

    Pinandpuller (3c9d7c)

  8. I think a comparison/contrast of David Brock’s departure from the right would be interesting. He is a gay man as well NTTAWWT.

    I don’t recall much harassment coming from the right.

    As to the left, I imagine that there was a lot of full-throated enthusiasm, as it were.

    Pinandpuller (3c9d7c)

  9. But… but… Milo is scum!

    The Left is so Stalinist that a civil war may be just around the corner. I never thought I’d live to see that happen in this country.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  10. R.I.P. Al Jarreau

    Icy (a8e7cf)

  11. Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln! I will not ever let you fade into the meaningless (except a Monday off from work) holiday that “President’s Day” has become.

    elissa (b5c426)

  12. Another of the greats, Icy.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  13. Was fortunate to see him in his prime in Vegas for couple shows. Incredible live.

    mg (31009b)

  14. Interesting fact: Abrahama Lincoln was not the only very famous person, famous till today, born on February 12, 1809.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  15. Here’s something for later… Great footage after about 2 minutes… Full Fleetwod Mac concert footage from Oct-’75, I saw them that December… this is the FM I know and love, I remember being amazed remembering how many songs the group in all its personnel changes from Peter Green days to that time had put out. Great stuff!!!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  16. Bit of a break around 10 min mark when signal lost but picks back up…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  17. Sweet, mg!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  18. interesting that the propaganda slut what wrote this up for the New York Post didn’t see anything ironic about describing our friend Mr. Y as “a controversial alt-right extremist who is an outspoken critic of feminism, Muslims and gay rights (despite being openly gay himself)”

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  19. Good point, Feets.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  20. Great tunes and those ” Bell Bottoms” bring back good memories, Col.

    mg (31009b)

  21. Like somehow being pro gay and pro Muslim makes so much more sense.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  22. There are plenty of communities in America that could benefit by re-settling gays.

    There’s almost nowhere you will hear,”What this place needs is some more Muslims.”

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  23. to be honest we have enough thai restaurants too

    i’m just kinda over it now

    i got your coconut milk right here

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  24. what chicago needs so bad is a dig inn

    they’re expanding

    but chicago’s one of those markets where lite and healthy are really hard sells

    notwithstanding the positive reception the whole poke bowl thing’s gotten so far

    (of course poke bowls aren’t supposed to be a thing they’re just poke bowls)

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  25. ==but chicago’s one of those markets where lite and healthy are really hard sells==

    well duh —-Pop-Tarts

    elissa (b5c426)

  26. amazon turdlord jeffy bezos’s fake news site “wapo” blew the lid off the pop-tarts scam many moons ago

    Is That Right? Pop-Tarts are “Made with Real Fruit”

    I think it’s okay to enjoy a Pop-Tart now and then if you wish. But don’t do it for the fruit.

    By Jennifer LaRue Huget | August 28, 2009; 7:00 AM ET

    thank you turdlord for your permission to enjoy an occasional pop-tart “now and then if you wish”

    we are truly blessed by your solicitude

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  27. Sorry feets. I gotta call out the hypocrisy when I see it.

    elissa (b5c426)

  28. well yeah but we opposed to be boycotting the kellogg tarts

    they hate america, and

    it’s unconscionable

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  29. i had some frosted flakes at the condo last week when i went to disney whirl

    i only remembered the boycott way later

    they got all crammed up in my teefs anyway

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  30. speaking of cereal adele appears to belieber that they’re always after me lucky charms

    and you know she could be right

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  31. lady gaga is a pop tart

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  32. after gaga dumped taylor then wanted him back i stopped taking her super seriously as a person

    i think of her more just as a singer songwriter now

    with bonus stomach fat

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  33. I did go to the Jewel, today, but I did not buy any Pop-Tarts. There were fresh-baked chocolate fudge frosted brownie cakes with little Valentine flags on them so I bought one of those. For healthy eating, Hebrew National kosher hot dogs were on sale so I bought two packages of those and buns; and chocolate-covered strawberries that they were making on the spot.

    nk (dbc370)

  34. nk, you sound like the kind of guy who when you’re on a diet, you order the chili-cheese fries without the chocolate shake (LOL)

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  35. Ever since I went off my old diet of Tennessee grains and Virginia leafy vegetables, I am more or less settling for pot luck.

    nk (dbc370)

  36. jewel put them brownies on sale every wednesday

    this is a good way to stretch your ebt dollar


    happyfeet (28a91b)

  37. Thanks, happyfeet. Nobody tells me anything.

    nk (dbc370)

  38. yes yes go early them frostered ones go quick

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  39. I like Jewel but she’s had years to fix that tooth.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  40. Jewel opted to spend her money on fixing the cheekbones and the forehead!

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  41. Moore appeared on Carlson’s show tonight, very reasonable, well-spoken guy. Good, insightful interview.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

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