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Gay, Stupid, Anti-HeteroPatriarchal is No Way to Go Through Life, Son

I’m guessing things are pretty spiffy in the gay community if this is what gets an amateur webzine’s LGBTwxyz correspondent’s knickers in a twist:

The Washington Nationals have one of the biggest gay fan bases of any professional sports team [Ed note: the WNBA wants a word with you.]. Nationals Park is located in Washington, D.C., arguably the gayest city in America. The park has not one but two “nights OUT,” designed specifically for gay attendees. At the last one, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington sang the national anthem and openly lesbian Sen. Tammy Baldwin threw out the first pitch. There’s a falafel stand. It’s a pretty gay park.

In spite of the Nationals’ generally progressive vibe, however, one painfully heterosexist tradition continues: the kiss cam. Or more accurately, the straight kiss cam. Never in the entire history of the Nationals—and perhaps only once in the known history of professional sports in America—has a gay couple been intentionally featured on a kiss cam. At best, the kiss cam reinforces heterosexual norms and excludes gay people. At worst, it mocks same-sex affections and creates an atmosphere of homophobia. The time has come to include gay couples on the kiss cam—or to kill it altogether.

I’ve only got one go-to guy when it comes to the Nats, and he’ll never respond if I send him a query that reads, “How gay is DC in general, and teh Nats, specifically?” He’ll ignore it, thinking that his bitter, twisted, Yankee-loving buddy is having some kind of drunken seizure at the keyboard.

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