New Documentary “Outs” Closeted Gay Republicans as Hypocrites

May 12, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Kirby Dick’s provocative new documentary film called “Outrage,” opened in a handful of major cities last weekend and is already causing a stir in Republican circles and in the halls of Congress. The documentary exposes closeted gay Republicans who have a hand in promoting anti-gay legislation, while keeping quiet about their own homosexuality; the very definition of hypocrisy.

Director Kirby Dick’s film pulls no punches and “names names,” exposing the hypocrisy of Republican gay politicians, as well as the media who often give them a pass, protecting their privacy at the same time they appear on the air bashing homosexuals.

Although there have been whispers for years concerning the sexuality of certain Republican politicians, many media outlets treat a politician’s sexuality as taboo and off limits, while at the same time eagerly delving into the private lives of heterosexual politicians.

Kirby Dick’s premise for his film is that hypocrites don’t deserve to have their privacy respected, especially when their anti-gay rhetoric and opposition to gay rights protections cause so much damage to people. Oftentimes, closeted gay Republicans are the most vicious opponents to gay rights, to establish support in right-wing conservative circles.

Openly gay, Democratic Representative, Barney Frank from Massachusetts, appears in the film saying, “There is a right to privacy, there’s no right to hypocrisy.”

Some of the gay rights legislation strongly opposed by many-closeted gay Republicans, includes gay adoption, gay marriage, adding gay people to the hate crimes bill and even AIDS funding. Many have also called for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. They seem to think that the more strongly they oppose gay rights; the questions about their own sexuality will disappear.

The documentary interviews many men who claim to have had sex with Republican politicians, who deny they are gay, and reports on their anti-gay rights voting records.

So, who are the Republican politicians outed? The two most prominent politicians, currently in office, outed in the film are, Florida’s Governor, Charlie Crist and California Representative, David Dreier. Both men’s sexual orientation has been questioned for years.

In the case of Crist, he supports Florida’s ban on gay adoption and supported an amendment to the state constitution to ban gay marriage. Crist denies being gay, and out of the blue last December, married a woman, a marriage many view as political cover. His wife is reportedly living separately from Crist with her female partner. Governor Crist just recently announced he would be running for a senate seat.

Regarding Rep. Dreier, he opposed protections for gay workers in the work place and adding sexual orientation to the hate crime bill. His sexual orientation has been questioned for years, and he was outed by the L.A. Weekly in 2004.

The film asserts, it’s widely known that Dreier has been involved with his male chief of staff for years. He was denied the position as House Majority Leader for being “too moderate,” code words for being “too gay.” Barney Frank is quoted as saying it’s true Dreier is too moderate in that, “I attended a moderate pride parade” or went to a “moderate bar.”

Other Republicans and conservatives mentioned are; former Sen. Larry Craig (of course), former Rep. Ed Schrock and former Rep. Jim McCrery, who all supported a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and have voted against sexual orientation in the hate-crime bill.

Former Democratic Mayor of New York, Ed Koch is also mentioned, but he does not have an anti-gay record.

Two conservatives “outed” in the film may come as a surprise to a few people, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith and Ken Mehlman, Bush’s campaign manager in 2004 and former Republican National Committee chairman.

Mehlman, although not an elected official, vigorously supported a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Mehlman was outed on the Larry King show by Bill Maher in 2006, but his statement regarding Mehlman was edited out by CNN. However, the very next day, Mehlman resigned as Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Melman denies he is gay.

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is outed in the film, because of his hypocrisy promoting the conservative, anti-gay agenda of Fox News.

With Kirby Dick’s blasting of the media treatment of Republican closeted gay politicians, it will be interesting to see how the media covers Dick’s documentary. Already there is a clear sign the media will continue with business as usual and cover for these men, helping them hide their allegedly secret gay lives.

Just recently NPR, refused to print a review of “Outrage” that mentioned the names of Governor Crist and Larry Craig, citing privacy concerns, even though Larry Craig was caught allegedly soliciting gay sex in a men’s airport bathroom.

John Aloysius Farrell of US News and World Report recently lamented that the outing of Republican politicians in “Outrage” shows a lack of mercy, equating outing gay politicians to gay bashing.

The documentary “Outrage” has the tag line, “Do Ask Do Tell” and director Kirby Dick certainly told all in his film, but the question remains what effect if any; his film will have on the Republican closeted gay politicians and the media who keep their secrets.

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7 Responses to “New Documentary “Outs” Closeted Gay Republicans as Hypocrites”

  1. Old Man Dotes on May 12th, 2009 4:43 pm

    Why do people call the Nazi Party “conservative?” These people aren’t conservatives, they are wanna-be dictators and would commit genocide if they thought it buy them a vote.

  2. Ronda Violet Murphy on May 12th, 2009 5:56 pm

    I have herd rumers for years that Shepard Smith and Eric Liligren who use to be a Fox reporter are a couple. Liligren suposedly left the network to protect the privcy of their relationship. Does anyone no if this is true? Who else has been his bf?

  3. Big Lou on May 12th, 2009 6:12 pm

    Shepard is still in the closet, but conventional wisdom is he is gay, and in 2005 he was outed in a column in the Washington Blade. Haven’t heard about the Eric Lilligren relationship though.

  4. Your worst nightmare on May 16th, 2009 9:04 pm
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  6. KochRocks on May 27th, 2010 10:03 am

    I agree with Barney Frank. “There is a right to privacy. There’s no right to hypocricy.” So why go after Ed Koch? He has a long record of championing equal rights and protections for gays and lesbians. Also, it will come as a surprise to most old-time New-Yorkers that Koch is closeted. Everyone knows that Koch is gay. He hasn’t denied it since 1977 – and when he did he also blasted the Cuomo campaign for inciting homophobia via the infamous “Vote for Cuomo, Not the Homo” flyer that was plastered all over NYC at the time. Since then, he has simply refused to confirm or deny – although he’s acknowledged that most New Yorkers thought he was gay but didn’t care. That’s not being closeted in my book, it’s being principled about privacy. Maybe Koch could have done more to staunch the AIDS epidemic – and it’s certainly fair game to criticize the impact of his policies as mayor. That said, he’s never actively done anything to restrict the rights of his fellow citizens based on their sexual orientation. In fact, he did quite a bit to promote the equality of gays and lesbians. Koch is by no means perfect, but he’s not a hypocrit and should not have been included in this film with the likes of Larry Craig, Charlie Crist, and the rest of them that have supported gay-marriage bans, voted to exclude sexual orientation from anti-discrimination laws, and have acted in complicity with an antihumanist, homophobic constituency. Leave the octogenarian old queen alone!

  7. rick on April 28th, 2011 4:15 am

    would like to get copy of documentary

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