Though Russia is under fire for its legalized oppression of homosexuals, make no mistake that homophobia is alive and well in American politics as well. Look no further than the disgusting campaign flyers that groups have created to deride LGBT people across the nation.
Here are 5 flyers that are sure to make you hang your head in shame:
Remember Daniel Hernandez, Gabby Gifford’s heroic intern who saved the Congresswoman’s life by applying pressure to her gunshot wound? Since then, he’s been elected to the Sunnyside Unified School District board in Tucson, Arizona. However, disgruntled residents have put Hernandez up to be recalled.
This flyer makes the motivations for removing Hernandez from office clear: he’s gay. Overlooking his commitment to helping people in even a life-threatening situation, the poster instead attacks his masculinity, suggesting he supports neither children nor (oddly enough) sports. It goes to show that no matter how good of a person a homosexual is, homophobes will still attempt to crucify him.
In a heated primary race to be the Republican nominee for a Colorado State Senator position last year, Rep. Randy Baumgardner’s campaigners tried to knock opponent Jean White out of contention by alerting voters of White’s support of civil unions. The flyer in question showed two men kissing and asked, “State Senator Jean White’s idea of ‘Family Values?’”
While that in itself is disheartening, the story gets even worse when it was discovered that campaigners had taken a photo of a New Jersey couple’s wedding without their permission. If it weren’t enough to attempt to deprive similar couples of their right to marriage, Baumgardner supporters managed to turn one of the couple’s happiest memories into something negative.
When Mark Grisanti, a New York Republican State Senator, voted to legalize gay marriage, fellow conservatives were outraged. A group that dubbed itself “The Committee to Save the Eric County Republican Party” used photos from a gay pornographic company to make a flyer that derides Grisanti while making some crass implications. The use of the — how shall we say — tender(?) photo became more clear when the politician behind the flyer admitted he is bisexual.
Negative campaign ads make for dirty politics, but when the negative campaigning consists of little more than “my opponent is gay and therefore horrible,” that’s just outright despicable. However, that was the precise tactic of Houston school board member Manuel Rodriguez Jr. His (sadly successful) campaign to not vote for his opponent, Ramiro Fonseca, included the line: “His records show he spent years advocating for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender rights — not kids.” Though the flyer makes it clear of his position on the matter, Rodriguez insisted, “I am not bashing gay people.”
By this point, there’s probably no need to convince anyone that the Westboro Baptist “Church” preaches nothing but hateful nonsense. Despite some extremely homophobic language, the group’s flyer promoting protests to oppose same-sex marriage in Rhode Island might actually manage to make some people laugh thanks to an amusing misspelling. The flyer reads: “Is the United States population illerate? (sic) Can’t you read? The Lord Jesus Christ said marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman for life.” When calling out others for being illiterate, it’s probably best to make sure you spell “illiterate” correctly, but I suppose no one considers the WBC accurate at this point.
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