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Sunday, September 11, 2005

 
A Straight Man in Gay Rodeo. This weekend, the Discovery Times cable channel is showing an episode of its Only in America series in which New York Times reporter Charlie Duff puts himself into a gay rodeo in Oklahoma City. If you haven't already seen it, you can still see it tonite at 7:00pm (ET) if your cable system carries the Discovery Times channel. Besides, most cable channels repeat their offerings often, so you might catch it eventually if you're interested.
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There are some interesting moments in that hour-long program, some having to do with the need of the reporter to make plain to everyone that he is straight, and the reaction that provokes; others having to do with the maladjustment of many of the small-town boys portrayed to their homosexuality (and of some dykes to their 'lesbianism' — if any). Duff also makes an interesting observation that became plain to him in very short order: There is no such thing as "the gay community". It's a fraud, a contrivance for political purposes that conceals a host of subgroups and intersubgroup hostilities that The Movement tries to suppress.
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Altho he observes that this is a politically-expedient "community", not a real community of people who feel real connections, what he doesn't quite "get" is that the maladjusted people who have fabricated this artificial community actually want to believe it exists, despite all indications to the contrary. They want to believe that gay men and lesbian women "belong together", have everything in common, so "should" be together in the same movement, the same bars, the same everything except bed. But they can't force their truly perverted views upon the many disparate people who refuse to conform to that peculiar, mock-heterosexual "lesbigay" world. Gay men insist on being gay and going their own way.
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Duff's intelligence and sanity fail him, however, when he deals with a profoundly disturbed individual who, he tells us, "became a woman" some years ago — but continues to participate in the gay rodeo! That demented loser is not just a psychotic, who deluded himself that he was a woman, tho everything on Earth shouted plainly that he was a man, and mutilated his body to try to flesh out his sad fantasies, but a psychotic's psychotic, a man who despite a "sex change", continues to immerse himself in the gay world! Why on Earth would a gay man have himself castrated and then continue to associate with men who want men who are sexually intact?
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When I first saw the face of that sad creature, who had theretofore been called only by a woman's name, I was startled, because it looked like a man's face. Then I heard that he is, chromosomally, a man. You see, "sex-change" surgery cannot alter so much as one single cell of a person's body to change over to the opposite sex. All it can do is chop out millions of cells and rearrange others that retain to their dying day the XY chromosomal makeup that marks a man or XX makeup that marks a woman. So there can never be a true "sex change", only a conspiracy of lies and mutilation.
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That double psychotic is sad that he has lost his family, who will have nothing to do with him in his mutilated and dishonest state. Good for them! No one should have anything to do with these crazed, evil liars who insult homosexuality and deform themselves to try to conform to heterosexual expectations. If the gay world stridently and viciously campaigned against mutilation surgery, maybe maladjusted faggots and dykes who have terrible things done to their bodies and who then drag innocent straight people into their sick fantasies by lies and deceit wouldn't have such surgery but would come to terms with their true gender and true nature.
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The "gay" rodeo is of course not gay at all, but basically "lesbigay". Altho most of the competitors are men, women are intruded into this gay scene, destroying it and rendering it into just another bit of twisted heterosexuality. For, the very least "gay" means — the very, very least — is "same sex", and that means one sex or the other, but not both.
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Actually, some men interviewed onscreen said that the "gay" rodeo doesn't even insist that participants be gay or lesbian, but permits anyone in who wants in. Why on Earth would you establish a gay event and then invite in straights? No pride, that's why.
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I was also offended by the fact that, according to Duff, in straight, professional rodeo, one must ride a bull for 8 seconds to be credited with a good ride, but in the gay rodeo, it's only 6 seconds. Is that standard for nonprofessional rodeo? Or are gay men telling themselves that they are less than straights so cannot hold themselves to the same standard? I really don't know. If the latter, they need to up their qualifying time to whatever the standard is for rodeos of comparable level, 8 seconds if that is standard for amateur rodeo, 7 if that is standard, and 6 only if every straight amateur rodeo abides by that standard. What is the point of embracing an activity to prove to yourself that you're a man if you don't live up to the standards required of (straight) men?
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So the "gay" rodeo is not same-sex, and thus not gay. It welcomes straights, so is not "lesbigay". And it turns out that "gay" rodeo is actually insanely antihomosexual for inflicting transvestism upon its participants and audience. In what is supposed to be funny, a gay man and lesbian woman are paired for a race. Think about that: a gay man and lesbian woman are forcibly formed into a heterosexual couple — except that the sexes are reversed. The man dresses as a woman, even if he has a beard and mustache, and the woman dresses up as a man. That's supposed to be gay? "lesbigay"? lesbian? And it's supposed to be funny?
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Even more disgustingly, Charlie Duff, the heterosexual intruder, is paired with the "TRANSSEXUAL", who is now to be considered what? A lesbian?!? He had his genitals chopped off and a slit carved in his crotch so he could love women??
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Outside the rodeo's confines, Duff teams up with a formerly-straight gay minister to confront a 'formerly-gay' straight lay preacher who is now active in trying to convert gay men to heterosexuality. The two Bible-thumpers do some moronic sparring over Bible quotes, mixing Judaism (as tho Oklahoma is Jewish) with Christianity, and then Duff asks the now-"straight" guy, who still sounds a little faggoty, which kind of sexual activity he prefers. The guy's remarks are revelatory! He compares sex with men to a drug-induced high, wild and ecstatic but (somehow) artificial and unsatisfying. Then he says that sex with his wife, tho apparently not nearly so pleasurable nor ecstatic, is filled with "peace", which he never found in 8 years of homosexual activity.
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How could he find peace in homosexuality if he consented to keep his head filled with superstitious disapproval from Judaism, our worst enemy? How could he heed Leviticus over Jesus? Does he abide by the other requirements of Leviticus, dietary laws and animal sacrifice? I suspect he does not.
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You can't pick and choose which requirements of Judaism you will abide by and which ignore. Obey them all or ignore them all. Christians are supposed to heed Jesus.
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For his part, Jesus gave us three commandments: (1) love God with all your heart and soul; (2) love your neighbor as yourself; and (3) "As you would have others do to you, so too do to them" — the Golden Rule that is supposed to be the supreme guide to behavior for Christians.
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The Golden Rule makes a self-directed morality easy. All you need do is ask "Would I want someone to do this to me?" and the right answer comes back.
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Plainly gay men abide by the Golden Rule to the letter, as literally as anyone can do. So why would a good Christian feel guilty about homosexuality?
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All that being said, it does, alas, require courage and insight to break from the expectations of small-town America in the Bible Belt. The fact that television, films, music, the Internet, the reach of national organizations, and the impact of readily available travel make it easier for people today to assert themselves against conformity to a 'norm' that is not theirs does not detract from the achievement of small-town gay men who have liberated themselves in some regard, even if they are still not fully free. That being said, gay men owe it to themselves and each other to work harder to become fully free, and not accept the right of their parents or teachers or preachers or small-town small-mindedness to keep them from being themselves — for even one more day.



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