The Lexicon of The John

On its face, this is actually a legit observation by The Joe, one of the other frequent posters at Marriage Derangement Syndrome Central:

Merriam-Webster defines homophobia this way:

Irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals.

We all know practitioners of homophobia — mostly Republicans, right-wingers, Catholic leaders, etc.

There is, however, a version of homophobia that is much more insidious: Political Homophobia.

Political homophobes aren’t gay-hating in the traditional sense. In fact, publicly, most are strong supporters of LGBT equality. But, behind closed doors, many Democratic leaders, consultants, Hill staffers and the rest will vociferously argue that there is no political benefit to actually supporting LGBT rights. Political homophobia is rampant among some Democrats. In some ways, it’s worse than blatant homophobia, since we think most Democrats are on our side. And outwardly, they are.

Political homophobia dictates policy in DC more than we’d like to think. I believe it’s happening in the West Wing right now.

However…

Explain, then, why there apparently is no such thing as ‘political transphobia’ and/or why the ‘incremental progress’ addicts who claim that they’re not transphobic but merely pragmatic do not, in fact, suffer from ‘political transphobia.’

Enquiring minds will really want to know once the usual ‘incremental progress’ subjects rear their privileged, overpaid, hegemonic heads in the ENDA 2009 battle and claim that they’re not transphobic.

The West Wing’s political homophobia is not only damaging relations with the LGBT community, it’s damaging the Obama brand.

For we all know – though fewer will acknowledge – what the political transphobia of certain gay organizations and officials has done to the LGB(T) community.

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