The Jury Talks Back

2/12/2017

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

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 10:37 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)

–Dana

7 Comments »

  1. These people are so boringly predictable.

    Comment by Dana — 2/12/2017 @ 10:39 am

  2. This young man has courage. It will be hard for him to stay the course.

    Comment by DRJ — 2/12/2017 @ 11:56 am

  3. Interestingly enough I find myself in a bit of this situation myself although from a different angle.

    Liberals always hate me as I am a conservative so nothing new there.
    Anti-Trumpers dislike me because I’m not a die-hard Trump hater and will give him a chance when possible.
    Trumpers hate me because I’m a Trump skeptic and won’t give him a pass on everything he does.

    I think there are a lot of us out there that just keep our mouths shut because honestly I’m pretty sure politics is less important than the people in my life.

    Comment by Marci — 2/12/2017 @ 7:25 pm

  4. This is not about trump, Marci, the huntress, Sarah Palin who had a good record of gay rights, was hung in effigy in West Hollywood and her church was burned down for speaking in favor of prop 8 #4 in florida

    Comment by narciso — 2/12/2017 @ 8:21 pm

  5. The dems over in thiscregiom, overlooked the incendiary homo thanos gay killing Iranian preacher at the Orlando shooters mosque, they minimized his father’s presence at a Hillary rally, Walsh like Emmanuel are a a Twitter over Chikafill but look askance at quradawi a talks about which stones to use.

    Comment by narciso — 2/12/2017 @ 8:34 pm

  6. I realize this is not about Trump. What it is he says at the end –

    “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.”

    I am pointing out that I am finding the same mean-spirited attitudes within politics on the conservative side also. That “you must agree with us in everything or you are against us.”

    Comment by Marci — 2/13/2017 @ 6:18 am

  7. Marci,

    I don’t know if you’re talking about Trumpism or those opposed to Trump, but if it’s the former, than you should realize that Trumpism is not ideological and thus is not a faction within conservatism (or liberalism, for that matter).

    Trumpism is simply loyalty to a man.

    Comment by Brian — 2/13/2017 @ 6:48 am

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