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Dan Savage Asks Herman Cain To Choose To Be Gay To Prove It’s Possible

by David Badash on October 21, 2011

in Bigotry Watch,Discrimination,News,Politics

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Dan Savage again is asking GOP frontrunner Herman Cain to choose to be gay to prove it is a choice. In typical Dan Savage form, he doesn’t mince words:

Dear Herman,

If being gay is a choice, show us the proof. Choose it. Choose to be gay yourself. Show America how that’s done, Herman, show us how a man can choose to be gay. Suck my dick, Herman. Name the time and the place and I’ll bring my dick and a camera crew and you can suck me off and win the argument.

Very sincerely yours,

Dan Savage

Cain has now several times insisted that being gay is a choice, and that until someone shows him scientific proof that being gay is not a choice, he is going to choose to believe that it is.

I was born Black… this doesn’t wash off,” Cain told CNN’s Piers Morgan Wednesday.

And earlier this month, Cain said, “Well, you show me the science that it’s not and I’ll be persuaded. Right now it’s my opinion against the opinions of others who feel differently. That’s just a difference of opinions,” speaking with Joy Behar.

Dan Savage added,

“And then I’ll say this: when someone argues that being gay is a choice, he’s not just insulting gay people. (And ignoring the science of sexual orientation.) He’s insulting straight people. If homosexuality is a choice, then so is heterosexuality. Last night on CNN Herman Cain said that being straight is something that a straight person can take or leave. Herman Cain believes that heterosexuality is something a heterosexual can decide to walk away from, like a underwater house or a lousy meal. Straight people should get angry when they hear a straight person making this argument.”

Let’s remember too that Cain could simply use the Google machine to do some research, as could any of the journalists who keep asking him the question.

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BeerandOnion October 21, 2011 at 11:16 am

Dan can be a bit flashy, but sometimes a finger in the eye of a bigot gets the point across bet than sweet and gentle words. I'll off to create a little santorum now.

flusaguy October 21, 2011 at 7:27 pm

My letter today to Cain:

Mr. Cain, being gay doesn't wash off either. I know. I am 57 years old and gay and tried for decades to wash it off. It doesn't wash off. We have NO CHOICE about it just as you have NO CHOICE about being black. Since you ARE NOT gay, what qualifies you to know what it is like being born gay? You cannot speak for gay people or make decisions about us. Your 'opinion' matters not. There was a time in this country (and many still 'believe' this) when the common belief was black people were inferior. White people made this decision on behalf of black people and thus denied them their civil liberties. Now you choose to treat gay people in the same manner. Black people, more than others, should know better. I understand the black culture in general is 'uncomfortable' with homosexuality and denies that there are gay black people. I live two blocks from a HUGE gay club that attracts mainly black gay people. The place is packed by a wonderful group of mainly black gay people. You would never find a more accepting, wonderful, kind group of people. I love going there. I invite you, Mr. Cain, to come to this club with me and meet some of the gay people; talk to them about growing up gay and the horrible experiences they suffered because of people with views like yours. Not ONE of them chose to be gay. They just are. Every gay person will tell you that. And they are the only ones who know, since they are experiencing it. They grow up in a culture that denigrates them for who they are and teaches them that God hates them and to therefore hate themselves. I grew up feeling that way exactly, and it took me 40 years to understand I am not a freak, or inferior, to YOU or anyone else. Open your mind Mr. Cain. Learn and grow. Learn about the wide variety of Americans — born black, gay, male, female, with various disabilities and abilities, poor, rich, of various ethnic and religious backgrounds, with different skin colors, and eye colors and shapes and sizes and sexual orientation. And then re-think what you say. Statements like yours demonstrate and perpetuate ignorance, fear and hate. We deserve leaders that love and serve us all. As a result of your ignorant statements, I would never consider voting for you for any office, nor would I value you as a friend. Remember: there are millions of gay Americans — probably some in your own family and among the people who work for you, but they avoid giving you the truth because they know you don't understand. If you open your eyes, you will see gay people everywhere, in every walk of life, with mothers, fathers, children, siblings, friends…and you will see they are among the most accepting group of people you will ever meet — the last to discriminate because they understand better than anyone what it feels like to be discriminated against.
So I repeat your statement: "You know that's not true. I was born black," adding his race "doesn't wash off." And I tell you as a 57-year-old gay man with two children: 'I was born gay and my gayness does not wash off.' Do not make ignorant statements about things you have not experienced and do not understand.

wormholehead October 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm

He won't research it-because he knows if he does, he will find all the proof he needs that he is completely wrong. That's why so many GOP choose to remain ignorant. If they do the research, then they find their precious ideals come crumbling down, because they are based on falsehoods. For them, ignorance is bliss is ignorance.

Madfoot713 October 22, 2011 at 2:09 am

If being gay isn't a choice, then what IS a choice? Seems like a step away from determinism.

David Badash October 22, 2011 at 2:16 am

Are you gay? Are you straight? Bi? Do you remember the day you decided which one to be? Tell us. I'd like to know.

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