Thursday, March 08, 2007

Keep Louisville Queer
Here's a classic: This conservative dillwad has written a massive screed (including chart and photos) about Keep Louisville Weird, all based upon his mistaken notion that "weird" means "gay." It's all part of an argument in support of the Kentucky General Assembly republicans' anti-gay agenda and is quite hilarious in its transparent bigotry.

Of course, the "weird" in "Keep Louisville Weird" means "local" and "independent." The whole idea is to celebrate and promote local, independent businesses that are dying all across America at the hands of Wal-Mart, Applebee's, Starbucks, and the like. It has nothing at all to do with homosexuality, with the possible exception that many gay people have good enough taste not to shop at Wal-Mart.

In this week's City Strobe, I wrote about the homophobic Senate Bill #152, which hoped to ban public universities from extending health benefits to domestic partners (see post below). SB 152 is a thinly veiled way for senators to go on record hating gay people and is another in a series of anti-gay measures in the Kentucky General Assembly. Thanks to Rep. Tom Burch, the bill is now dead.

But the conservative blogger's convoluted arguments and disingenuous Louisville bashing are an interesting glimpse behind the Ann Coulter/Fox News curtain. Why go out of his way to drag Louisville-vs.-Kentucky and Keep Louisville Weird into it? Is the writer really stupid enough to believe "weird" = "gay?" His writing suggests not. Is he trying to whip up bigotry against both homosexuals and the entire city of Louisville? Probably. Or maybe he's just really emotionally stressed from a whole lifetime of secretly longing to suck off the Rotary Club behind the dumpster outside Denny's.

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