>More things I did not know.
According to this article on “tearoom trysts,” men have sought out anonymous homosexual sex in bathrooms for decades:
ST. LOUIS — Back in the 1960s, long before a U.S. senator got busted for lewd behavior in an airport bathroom, it was called “the tearoom trade.”
But social researchers knew almost nothing about it.
So a young graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis started digging. He spent months hanging out in the public restrooms of St. Louis’ Forest Park. He wanted to observe the tearoom trade in action: men who met for brief, anonymous homosexual trysts in public. He wanted to discover what compelled them.
The interesting thing is that many of the men participating in this activity are not, in fact, gay. In fact, it seems there’s something else going on here:
Humphreys found that 54 percent of the men were married and living with their wives. He found 38 percent considered themselves neither bisexual nor homosexual. The men wanted a sexual release that was quick and would not endanger their standing with their family or society. Just 14 percent of the men identified themselves as living-in-the-open homosexuals.
Humphreys coined the term “breastplate of righteousness” to describe men who used the cloak of social and political conservatism to conceal their deviant behavior.
This is very interesting. I had no idea that research into this behavior goes back to the 1960s, or that the research suggests there really is a connection between conservatism and the compulsion to act out in this way.
Any guys out there want to weigh in on this one? Have you seen anything like this? How common is it to get approached in public bathrooms, anyway?
>LiveLeak has resuscitated the video of Larry Craig endorsing Mitt Romney. You can view it here at MyDD.
It’s pretty boring stuff, but it is amusing to hear Craig say that he and Mitt share the same “family values.” Ooops.
All in all, I think this is a sad story on all fronts. It’s sad that Larry Craig has lived a lie, soliciting sex in men’s bathrooms (I mean, that’s just creepy, if you ask me). It’s even sadder that he used his political career to keep closet doors shut all across America.
You’d think someone who experienced this situation would have a little compassion and understanding, and would want to enlighten people. Sadly, no. Check out his anti-GLBT voting record:
• Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
• Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
• Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
• Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
• Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
• Rated 25% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
He also supported a state ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions.
I realize that a closeted gay person can just as easily be a Democrat or a Republican, but if you look at the scandals that have grabbed the headlines lately, they have overwhelming involved Republicans. I’m sure this is because the GOP made its Faustian deal with the anti-gay Religious Right. Democrats simply don’t carry that baggage.
It’s time for the Republican Party to recognize that there are gays and lesbians in their own party and this hypocrisy serves no one. Grow a pair and tell the Religious Right to quit the gay bashing. You’re just hurting yourselves.