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Gay Lifestyle: Myth

Gay Lifestyle: Myth

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This article deconstructs the anti-gay jargon associated with the term ‘gay lifestyle.’ Recommended.
This article deconstructs the anti-gay jargon associated with the term ‘gay lifestyle.’ Recommended.

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Published by: NightLad on Apr 07, 2010
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Myth of the 'gay lifestyle' justifies bias
 
By
LZ Granderson
, Special to CNNApril 6, 2010 -- Updated 1858 GMT (0258 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
 
 
LZ Granderson: Is grocery shopping, getting my son off to school the "gay lifestyle"?
 
Granderson: Nonexistent gay lifestyle keeps up an "us against them" tension
 
Gay rights foes drum up the fear of a link between gay men and pedophilia, he says
 
He writes: Being judged by the content of one's character is a constitutional right
Editor's note:
 
LZ Granderson is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, and has contributed toESPN's Sports Center, Outside the Lines and First Take. He is a 2010 nominee and the 2009 winner of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation(GLAAD)award for online journalism as well as the 2008 National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association(NLGJA)winner for column writing.
(CNN)
-- On most mornings, my better half wakes up around 5:30, throws on some sweats andheads to the gym before work.About a half hour later, I wake up my 13-year-old son, go downstairs to the kitchen to make hisbreakfast and pack his lunch. Once he's out the door, I brew some coffee and get to work.Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the "gay lifestyle" -- run for your heterosexual lives.I understand opponents of gay rights must highlight differences in order to maintain the "usagainst them" tension that's paramount to their arguments. But this notion that sexual orientationcomes with a different and pre-ordained way of life -- as if we're all ordering the No. 3 at a drivethru -- only highlights how irrational groups such as Focus on the Family, the Family ResearchCouncil, the American Family Association and others like them are in this whole debate.Pro-marriage organizations try to stop two consenting adults from marrying. Pro-family groupstry to stop stable couples wanting children from adopting unloved orphans.And somehow, me doing something like going to the grocery store threatens the very fabric of society, as Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern spewed. She says "the homosexual agenda isdestroying this nation" and "homosexuality is more of a threat than terrorism." I'm not sure whather idea of a gay lifestyle might be, but with a growing teenager, buying and cooking fooddominates my day-to-day.
 
We're just as diverse, intolerant, upstanding and tragic as our straight counterparts.--LZ Granderson
I don't worship Barbra Streisand, I don't watch any TV show with the word "Housewives" in itstitle and I love fishing, beer and Madonna. But more important, I'm just a father trying to keepmy son away from drugs, get him into college and have a little money left over for retirement.I'm no sociologist but I'm pretty sure those concerns are not exclusive to gay people.In one of the most pivotal scenes in the biopic "Milk," Harvey Milk ,played by Sean Penn, gathers a group of community organizers and activists to come up with strategies to combat a1978 ballot initiative that sought to ban LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) teachersand their supporters from working in public schools in California. As the small crowd settlesdown, Milk quickly glances around the room and says .."If we're going to convince the 90 percent to give a ---- about us 10 percent, we have to let themknow who we are ...""What" we are -- be it gay, straight, black, white -- is simply window dressing. "Who" we are iswhere the substance is, where the person is, where our humanity is.Too often, discussions about gay people and gay rights focus on sex, as if a person's entire beingis defined by his or her Hollywood crush.This fixation has been the crux behind attempts to link gay men to pedophilia -- from JohnBriggs, a state legislator from Orange County who introduced the proposed ban on gay teachersin California, to the Catholic League's Bill Donohue,whose recent attempts to excuse the church for its global scandal cover-up by seemingly blaming homosexuality -- and it's a tactic that is evilincarnate.
 I don't worship Streisand, I don't watch any TV show with the word "Housewives" in its title and I love fishing, beer and Madonna.--LZ Granderson
"The vast majority of the victims are post-pubescent," Donohue recently said on "Larry KingLive." "That's not pedophilia, buddy. That's homosexuality."Actually, Bill, sexual predators whose victims are 13- to 17-years-old are called hebephiles -- ala Joey Buttafuoco, Madeleine Martin and Heather Kennedy -- not homosexuals. And that stilldoesn't explain why the church opted to save face as opposed to, in the words of the infamousanti-gay figurehead Anita Bryant, "Save our children."Being gay doesn't dictate how people live their lives any more than being straight does. There aregay people who go to church every Sunday and straight people who do not believe in God. Thereare single gay men who believe in the sanctity of marriage and married straight men whoapparently do not -- such as Gov. Mark Sanford, ex-Sen. John Edwards and Sen. John Ensign, toname a few.

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