Remember the case in Florida this past July about a gay couple
who came home to find that their mobile home had been torched
and spray painted with the words "Die Fag?" According
to the story, Paul Day and Christopher Robertson, a young
gay couple in their mid-20s had been experiencing continued
harassment at the hands of homophobic neighbors.
At the time police walked through the torched remains with
Robertson - who pointed out that all the valuables had been
stolen - and helped him fill out insurance claims. Now, three
months later, Robertson says he set the fire.
Why did he do that!? I'm not condoning what he did, but couldn't
he have just kept his mouth shut after the fact? Sometimes
it's our very own people that can do us the most damage.
There's simply no reason to fake hate crimes against ourselves
- there are plenty of homo-hatin' wingnuts out there already
willing to do it for us.
Perhaps Robertson was experiencing harassment from neighbors.
Perhaps torching the trailer was the only way he saw to escape
the harassment and end up with enough insurance money so that
he and his hubby could rebuild their lives somewhere else
outside of trailer park hell. Whatever the case, Robertson's
plan - from action to follow-up - was stupid. It makes him
look bad. It makes us as a community look bad.
What has it left him with? Nothing. A burned out trailer.
No extra money and probably some time coming up in the big
Additional reports have indicated that Day had no knowledge
of Robertson's plan and police are not considering him as
a suspect, though he is cooperating with the police. Think
he'll still be waiting around for Robertson when the doors
Stupid, stupid, stupid.
Another stupido that made me wanna smack some sense into him
this week came in the form of a former New York ad agent and
"socialite" (blah, blah, blah -whatever the hell
that means) known as J. David Enright IV (could he have a
more pretentious name?).
According to Enright he was repeatedly molested by Rev. Joseph
Romano at Camp Tekawitha on Lake Luzerne in upstate New York
when he was seven or eight years old.
I sympathize with Enright's molestation experience.
However, Enright is suing the Catholic Church for $5mil and
claiming that the experience made him into the gay man that
he is today.
"I believe that my life would be very different now,"
said Enright. "I'd probably be married, living in Greenwich,
with four children in boarding school. Romano bent my life."
What alternate reality bus did this goof just get off of?
I ain't buyin' it.
Here's the rest of his crap:
"I had a completely straight life in business, socially
on Park Ave. and Fifth Ave.," he said, adding he did
date women in the 1980s. "Then there was the other world,
which was slinking around in Greenwich Village gay bars, finding
So he's proud of the fact that he had a "completely straight
life" and that he dated women but when it comes to his
desire for interaction with men and the gay community he refers
to it as "slinking?" Slinking?
slinking (slinkoing) - To move in a quiet furtive manner;
sneak: slunk away ashamed; a cat slinking through the grass
toward its prey
In other words, Enright's full of homophobic self-loathing
and he wants to blame it all on his molestor and the Catholic
Church? I can see blaming the Catholic Church for the self-loathing
but blaming his molestor for making him gay?
Please. How stupid.
I was never molested by anyone and I turned out just fine.
Not for one moment am I gonna buy the notion that his experience
made him spend inordinant amounts of time slinking around
New York gay bars in search of man on man sex instead of going
to society balls with Binky and watching the little Enrights
run and play on the big green lawn.
Sue for the molestation and punish the perpetrator, sure,
but do you have to punish the rest of the gay community by
tagging on that nonsensical bit about being "made gay?"
According to wire reports Enright is a descendant of Albany's
aristocratic Van Rensselaer and de la Grange families, and
he is purported to have made millions in 1982 as an advertising
executive for the Broadway production of "42nd Street."
If he believes that his childhood experience determined his
sexual orientation then most certainly he should believe that
he could spend some of those big bucks to change it back.
Go on! Give Exodus a call. We don't want you in our camp anyway.