In today’s Huffington Post, February 28, 2013, GOP Lawmaker, Glenn Gruenhagen, Minnesota Rep. stated “Homosexuality is an ‘Unhealthy Sexual Addiction.’ How would he know? It amazes me how many so-called straight men take ownership in blasting the way-of-life or even lifestyles of members of the LGBT. For my many friends who have always remained true to themselves and their significant others, ‘unhealthy’ does not fit into their vocabulary unless, of course, it is a matter of sharing something against another’s will. It may not be so nice to exclaim this but any true lover of mankind would never knowingly infect another human being. And, for those who have taken it upon themselves to misuse the trust instilled in them, well, those individuals should accept the fact that they are disgusting. But, let’s take a look at the perception of straight men…and women. An ‘Unhealthy Sexual Addiction’ for them is overshadowed simply because it is in their nature as straight people. They cheat. They lie. They even marry out of convenience to throw off their ‘unhealthy’ thoughts. Yes, I’m talking about the closeted straights who bash those who are more comfortable with themselves in the alternative realm. Those who are more true to themselves may be just as religious or spiritual, or even more so, than those who choose to use the fact that coming out would ‘kill their parents’ or tarnish their status in the church. Still, living a lie should be reverberated that it is ‘Unhealthy’ and the more they try and convince not only themselves of their denial is, in fact, an addiction.
In my opinion, members of society who have the option to go ‘both ways,’ have the best and worst of both worlds. However, society has yet to fully embrace bisexuality. It seems much easier to label one as ‘gay’ simply because they enjoy the company of the same sex. Bromance is a word that should be done away with. Two apparently known straight men who over-enjoy the time they spend with each other does not encounter the same treatment as two openly gay men based on the connotation associated with the word gay. This is the same for two straight women. Now would a straight man admit to having ‘gay tendencies?’ Absolutely not! And the reason for their denial is the fear of being ostracized by society.
Gruenhagen may well be riding the moral majority bandwagon. If there are so many people in support of gay rights, why don’t they really walk the walk? Just having gay rights assemblies or marches will never conquer the views and 15-minutes-of-fame outbursts of men like Gruenhagen. More straight men and women will have to come forward and express their rights to have someone like Gruenhagen shut up and move on to something that truly is a detriment to the world at large. Even the media should cease promoting such vile and despicable individuals just for the sake of news fodder. Speaking out against gays seem to increase network ratings more than the support of gays does. It’s as if the media relishes on smiles turned upside down. This seems to be the American consensus of the GOP right now. Alas, with so much negativity swirling around and amidst the GOP, could the American public be unhealthy addicts for bias? It appears that lawmakers like that of Gruenhagen look forward to inciting riots about not only gay rights but for women’s rights as well. Who really loses the battle? Is it the gay Republican who knows that they have no chance in Hell of being wholeheartedly being accepted by the group that would rather move them to their own island? Or is it the female Republican who has had it drilled in their skull that they will never be an equal to a man? It’s always been about the Republicans. Money equates to power. And the more money you have, while you’re seen as a straight and morally upstanding citizen, you can never be stigmatized as ‘unhealthy’ or an ‘addict.’ Sex is something you have in the privacy of either your own home or the home belonging to someone else. It’s such a shame that getting caught with your pants down across town can all be explained and forgiven, as long as you’re straight. Out of wedlock pregnancies committed by adulterous men and women even take a backseat to the gays who don’t have the luxury of child-bearing…and in some states, child-rearing.