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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.

I’m having a hard time accepting that the Beltway is the epicenter of American Gaydom. I think the folks living in the Castro, or skipping to work down on Christopher Street, would have a stronger claim to that title.

Alarming as these instances of homophobia may be, the overall lack of gay representation on kiss cams probably arises not from intolerance but from ignorance and cowardice. Park managers and kiss-cam operators likely don’t understand why gay fans would feel excluded and don’t want to risk any backlash from conservatives. They don’t understand why something as seemingly trivial as a gay couple on a kiss cam could mean so much, especially when, as in Washington, the park sometimes specifically caters to gay fans.

But it is important. The great success of the LGBT movement has been to allow openly gay people a more active role in society and to demand the equal rights and dignity afforded to everybody else. After years of hidden struggle and repression, gay people can now finally be open about their identities in all arenas of life. But when we are forced into invisibility even by something as silly as a kiss cam, it hearkens back to a dark era of pain and intolerance.

Really? Not showing two guys smooching on Nats Park’s big screen is some kind of heinous indecency; a crime against your tribe’s humanity?

A DC Jumbotron is the next Stonewall Inn?

Listen up, Nancy: you kissing your boyfriend would draw a collective “Meh,” from me and all the other members of the Heteronormative Patriarchal Majority™.

We. Won’t. Care.

Two chicks making out on the big screen? We’ll rock the rafters….

 

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