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Quick! Is that a woman or a man in drag?
Looks more like a man than a woman to me. But it’s U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan, said to be a possible nominee to replace the retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.
Yahoo! News reports today that “yesterday the [Obama] administration blasted CBS News for a blog post on its website claiming that [Kagan] is a lesbian, eventually getting the news organization to retract the claim and take down the post.”
What the Obama administration essentially is saying is that being non-heterosexual and/or non-gender-conforming is a bad thing.
Otherwise, why would the White House — which, it seems to me, has a lot better things to be doing for the nation — work to squelch a probably-true rumor that the U.S. solicitor general is a lesbian?
This action on the part of the Obama administration is not that promised leadership on achieving equality for non-heterosexuals and the non-gender-conforming. This action basically affirms the destructive myth that there’s something wrong with being gay or lesbian or otherwise non-gender-conforming — otherwise, you wouldn’t have a fit about it.
Fuck the White House.
Apparently the CBS News blogger is a right-winger with a dubious background that includes allegations of having plagiarized others’ work. But regardless of the source, Kagan either is or is not heterosexual, and my money is on the latter.
White House mouthpiece Anita Dunn called the allegation that Kagan is a lesbian an application of an “old [stereotype] to single women with successful careers.”
Yeah, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno —
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— who on “Saturday Night Live” was portrayed by Will Ferrell, for fuck’s sake, is/was just a “single career woman,” as is former Arizona attorney general and current U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano:
Gee, I wonder if the White House will try to get me to take this blog post down for “outing” the obviously lesbian Napolitano…
(Napolitano, by the way, also is said to be a possible nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.)
I’m fine with a lesbian on the U.S. Supreme Court. I’m fine with lesbians period.
So why isn’t the White House?
Why does the White House treat an allegation of non-heterosexuality as though being non-heterosexual were a bad thing?
That’s not fucking leadership.
That is cowardice and ignorance and a lazy pandering to bigotry and fear.
Keep on hoping for that promised change.
You — we — were punked. Big time.
P.S. I nominate current “Saturday Night Live” player Bobby Moynihan (pictured in drag below) to play Elena Kagan.