Sex advice columnist, provocateur and the brains behind the “It Gets Better” anti-bullying project Dan Savage took immediate exception to the groups endorsement, Tweeting, “The GOP’s house faggots grab their ankles, right on cue: [link] …. Pathetic.”
While the co-founders of GOProud are by now used to taking heat from more liberal-minded members of the LGBT community, it’s rare that anyone as prominent as Savage has hurled insults like that. Co-founder and current chief strategist Chris Barron, who ended his term as board chair last December amidst a minor scandal involving the outing of a gay member of Gov. Rick Perry’s (R-TX) campaign staff, addressed it on his blog this afternoon. “Apparently, faggot is an entirely appropriate slur as long as Dan Savage is slinging it and gay people who you don’t agree with are on the receiving end,” he wrote, adding, “It gets better my ass.”
Interestingly, the controversy erupted the same day as the Village Voicepublished a brutal cover story by Steven Thrasher which asked, “Does ‘Gay Inc.’ Believe in Free Speech?” and suggested that, “In the battle over gay rights, dissent during wartime isn’t always tolerated.”
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