Just Plain Gay, and Sick of It
January 5th, 2006

Some bloggers are already tired of hearing about new City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. At least, they’re sick of hearing about her sexuality. Or at least, her “open” sexuality.

Take this item from Choochville, who begs media outlets to stop using the term “openly gay” to describe Quinn. “Just the fact that she identifies as ‘gay’ means she’s open about it,” points out Chooch.

Oops! Guilty as charged.

All the fuss is too much for Your Lying Eyes, who seems to have had his or her fill of gay New York. In such a great, diverse city, it shouldn’t be so surprising that a gay or lesbian person has gained such high political standing, the blogger reasons. “If Salt Lake City elects a lesbian, then let’s by all means recognize it as big news,” he or she writes. Eyes fears that with each minutia of city business, New Yorkers will be reminded that Quinn has become, as The New York Times quoted one gay rights advocate as saying, “the most powerful openly lesbian or gay official in the country.”

Oops! There’s that word again

By on January 5, 2006, 4:45 pm
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4 Responses to “Just Plain Gay, and Sick of It”

  1. semantics Says:
    January 6th, 2006 at 11:42 am

    well, no, you’re totally missing the point. of course christine is open. it’s a politically charged adjective meant to imply that there have been other public servants in the past who must have been gay, but now is the time when we begin to own our difference instead of hiding it.

    clearly, gifford miller and peter vallone sr. aren’t gay. that’s more why the use of the term in this context is annoying. but to call deborah glick the first openly gay member of the state legislature is perfectly reasonably; probably somewhere in the legislature’s extensive history, somebody was a homo; deborah was the first one strong enough to be open about it.

  2. hola Says:
    January 6th, 2006 at 12:48 pm

    ok, she’s gay.so what!?
    I mean, after all, who cares.If she’s good she’d good.
    That’s all we should be worried about.

  3. Hilary Says:
    January 6th, 2006 at 3:02 pm

    True, semantics, in the sense that there have presumably been an untold number of politicians who have hidden their sexual preferences. Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey is just one recent example.

  4. Williamson Henderson Says:
    January 11th, 2006 at 1:14 pm

    “Gay” is the correct word as all the prior writers have stated. We are very pleased that the media, et al. are using the general and inclusive word “Gay” and not the sectional and, to most Gay males, divisive “L” word. The main and impressive facts are that Christine Quinn is both a woman and Gay (notice the capital “G”; we are a people)! Those are historic for a Council Speaker or any City leader.

    BTW, Glick was not “strong” — she ran as an “openly Gay” candidate and in her Greenwich Village and Chelsea districts that led to her winning. Likewise, Duane for the State Senate. Sometimes, it pays to be Gay! In contrast, Quinn won citywide not from “Gay districts”. That’s strong!

    Williamson Henderson
    STONEWALL Veterans’ Association

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