In death, he’s causing me to have to agree with The John:
The media doesn’t like to “out” people as gay, though they’re happy to out politicians as just about everything else, including speculating just the other day that a Democratic Senator might have been with prostitutes. Yet “the gay,” they run in fear. In part it’s because the media thinks they’re helping us, protecting us (us, being gay people). And the concern is natural. Once upon a time it was extremely dangerous to be gay. And it still can be. But once you’re dead, the danger is gone. No one is going to bully you. You’re not going to lose your family. And other than the San Francisco 49ers, who else is going to have the vapors by the un-revelation that you’re gay after you’re dead?
So the media’s usual defense of defending the living doesn’t really apply, even if it were a valid argument for the living, and I’m not sure it is. So why “in” the dead, especially if their homosexuality was little more than a thinly-veiled secret? We don’t respect the famous dead’s wishes in any other subject area of their CV that I can think of.
And when it comes to trans people – you know, those people that Ed Koch, Tom Stoddard and Gay, Inc. had no problem leaving unprotected by the 1986 NYC
anti-trans political hate crime gay-only rights law – media tend not to respect them at all (but why should death be any different that life, eh?).
Larry Kramer and those concerned with AIDS activism were and are rightly pissed that Koch was no better than Ronald Reagan on AIDS issues, yet some of the more analytical postmortems of Koch also rightly question whether anything that he had the power to do would actually have saved any lives on the AIDS front (probably not – but just putting the muscle into it that he put into his George W. Bush-era turncoatedness would have been a good thing in its own right.) However, his signing off on the 1986 ordinance which excluded from anti-dicrimination protection that portion of LGBT which, far and away, most needed such protection did lead to continued unemployment for those trans people already excluded from legitimate employment, springing unemployment for those who began transition or who were outed, homelessness for many of the aforementioned, and death for some of those. Their blood was on Ed Koch’s hands and he takes it to the grave with him.
Sayeth Larry Kramer: “Evil deeds are evil deeds.”
He had Koch’s Reagan-esqueness re: AIDS crisis in mind.
I echo the statement, but I’m referencing Koch’s genocidal gay-only rights ordinance…
and gay media’s unwillingness to say a damn thing about that.
I just HAD to add this, which transpired in the comments section of The John’s piece:
If you’ve ever experienced any threads on trans issues over at The John’s or at Pam’s House Blah where “Mr. Out and Proud” drops loads, you’ll appreciate why I’m amending this post by adding the “irony” tag.
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