Doug McKelway Deeply Upset By ‘Outrage’
On May 7th, I watched a very interesting, and entertaining, interview on the Washington, DC News Channel 8’s Let’s Talk Live.
Film called ‘Outrage’ exposes politicians who, they claim, are homosexual and don’t support gays
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I found it in this post over at Pam’s House Blend.
Doug McKelway Wants to Punch Mike Rogers’ Face
It seems that the initial purpose of the interview was to discuss a movie set to open in DC, and around the country, on Friday May 9th. “Outrage” is about the outing of anti-gay politicians who secretly engage in sex with men while doing everything in their power to deny equal rights to other men who do the same thing.
Anti-Gay Politicians Who Cruise for M4M Sex
The irony of the anti-gay politicians who cruise for sex is that they are among the people who want everyone to think that homosexuality is all about sex. They are part of the anti-gay mindset that wants to paint gay people as sexual perverts.
Living the Lie They Tell About Others
The men who secretly have sex with men, who then publicly work to deny equal rights to lgbt people, are living the lie they tell. The anti-gay groups want everyone to believe that ‘gay’=’gay sex’. Unfortunately for them, that is probably the truth. They hide their sexual attractions, live a lie, and then feed their need for connection with secret cruising and sexual encounters with strangers.
Public Restrooms vs Bars, Churches, Relationship
For years, I have been of the opinion that the men who cruise for sex in public restrooms are generally men who are married and claim to be straight. It’s a shame, but I believe that it is true.
Openly Gay Men Don’t Have to Sneak Around
Openly gay men don’t have to go to public restrooms to find someone. Openly gay men can actually have friends who are gay. They can actually date each other. They can actually go to church together. They can actually establish a home together.
What lgbt People Cannot Do
What lgbt people can’t do, in most states, is be legally married and have the rights afforded married couples. This is changing, little by little. I continue to be amazed that this is happening in my lifetime, just as I was amazed that a woman and a black man were serious contenders for the office of President of the USA. The people of this country have moved along further than I would have imagined we could in years past.
Oh, the Shame!
The really sad thing about this interview, and the things that this television news anchor said, is the truth he spoke by accident. What he told, with great passion, was the truth that closeted lgbt persons feel.
Shame Is Heaped Upon Those Who Are Different
With all the progress that has been made in society, there are still many people who are not straight, who grew up with shame heaped upon them. If society, and most importantly churches, recognized the “all God’s children” reality that lgbt persons are just as important and valuable as straight people, then lgbt people would have the opportunity to live honestly, without persecution, for their entire lives. Wouldn’t that be an amazing world?
Entertained, yet Concerned
I found that interview (watch it here) to be very entertaining. The passion of the interviewer to protect the privacy of gay people was great. But, I felt bad for him. It seemed to be an issue about which he felt very deeply.
Mike Rogers of Blog Active
Mike Rogers was great. He responded well to every question and accusation. He even responded well when Mr. McKelway said he’d like to take him outside and punch him in the face (for his perception that Mr. Rogers is all about outing closeted public figures).
Writing to Doug McKelway
The post where the video was posted also posted links for people who want to leave messages for Doug McKelway and for the company that employs him. I wish him no harm. I was not offended by the interview. Mike Rogers handled the situation well. And, the woman involved, who was barely able to speak a word, had the last word, and it made me laugh. (Be sure to watch to the very end!) I’m guessing their traffic share will increase after this passionate piece.
What I Wrote to Doug McKelway, May 7, 2009:
The uses of outrage
I was thinking that you accidentally ‘outed’ yourself in that interview with. Now, I see that you have a wife and four children.
I imagine that you are receiving a huge amount of mail related to that interview (and, for saying you wanted to punch Mike Rogers in the face). I do not personally wish for you to suffer any negative consequences from that interview. It was very interesting.
When you have time, take a look at my friend’s web page. She’s a very nice woman who talks to people who believe as you do. I think she has a lot of good things to say. http://myheartgoesout-carol.blogspot.com/
I appreciated your support for people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered. I agree with you that all people should be afforded equality under the law. You did not exactly say that, but I hope that is how you feel.
My page is https://dhconcerts.wordpress.com
[UPDATE: May 22, 2009 I was wrong to imagine that Doug McKelway was simply uncomfortable with the idea of public figures being ‘outed’, and that was why he was so hostile towards Mike Rogers. I’ve read more about him over the past couple of weeks, and I now believe he has demonstrated a pattern of hostility towards lgbt persons. As a public figure and potential ‘role model’ (a negative role model, showing others that it is okay to bully people who are different in some way), he has crossed the line in a way that should be addressed. His open hostility and suggestions of violence against an openly gay man would not be tolerated if they were directed at someone because of race, religion, national origin or any other way that people are diverse. He did not behave with journalistic integrity in that piece, and it now looks like he has a pattern of misbehavior. I believe a public apology by Doug McKelway, to Mike Rogers, is in order. I should have revisited this sooner. I hope Doug McKelway’s employer will address this issue with him soon.]