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Crystal Lake is a small city in the NW suburbs of Chicago. Their website claims the city is a "pleasant, friendly" place. Well, that is only if one is heterosexual.

      Crystal Lake was approached by the organizers of the Gay Games which will be held in Chicago this summer, July 15-July 22.  The city boasts a beautiful lake aptly named, Crystal Lake. The organizers wanted to hold the rowing competition in the lake and use park district facilities.

When the news that real live homosexuals might be descending upon the sleepy suburb, the wingnuts sprang into action.
Hysterical letters and E-Mails were written to editors of the Northwest Herald. Many worried about the "homosexual agenda" would be forced on them and worried about the crowds. Would they have been concerned if it was the Rotary Club rowing team who wanted to use the lake? Others worried about public sex acts and AIDs.  A  letter and flyer were distributed which said the GBLT community has a history of public "lewdness" and worry about "full frontal nudity, exhibitionism, naked swimming, men kissing on the beach..." happening in Crystal lake.


 In fact postcards have been mailed throughout the state which states:

Richard M. Daley
Chicago Games July 15-22
What about the children?

    On March 3, the park commissioners voted on whether or not to allow the rowing event in Crystal Lake. The vote was split 2-2. The measure needed 3 votes for approval. One member was on vacation.
     The meeting was filled with rancor and double-speak. Commissioners David Phelps ( and Scott Breeden ( voted to oppose the event. David Phelps was considered a moderate GOPer for the IL-8th and endorsed the now Congresswoman Melissa Bean (D). Well, I suppose he decided to take a hard right. What a loser.

    Phelps, no public info whether or not he is related to  Fred Phelps, voted against the measure because he thought the whole thing was part of a larger agenda and even invited the courts to be involved since IL passed the IL Human Rights Act which bans discrimination against gay and trans people.

    A re-vote is scheduled for tonight, at 7:30  PM

       As a straight married man who doesn't watch any sports at all (except for the occasional Cubs or Bear game) and honestly never thought that much about it, why should I care?
Because I am a Democrat, a progressive. Insidious hate creeps slowly through the mainstream. It is the little things that add up. I live in a Blue State and do not want little wingnut victories to add up to big ones diminishing everyone's rights and adding to the misery of the world.

Don't believe it? Look what has happened in  
South Dakota!

Originally posted to Vass Mers on Tue Mar 07, 2006 at 12:06 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Exclusive? (none)
    Do the Gay Games allow straight competitors?

    Lying can never save us from another lie - Vaclav Havel

    by Muwarr90 on Tue Mar 07, 2006 at 12:11:00 PM PST

  •  Crystal Lake is hardly "small" (none)
    It's smack in the middle of the northwestern suburbs, and there's a new subdivision going up every time I go up there to visit my sister (who lives nearby). It's also smack in the middle of the solidly Republican "collar counties" of Chicago, which explains some of the rhetoric on this.

    I'm quite sure there are all kinds of fags and dykes in Crystal Lake (and Algonquin, and Lake in the Hills, and Elgin, and all the other suburbs in the area). Insofar as I can tell, nobody's getting out the tar and feathers--and the park board could indeed find itself on the wrong end of the law, given that the amended Human Rights Act, if I remember correctly, took effect 1 January 2006. Of course, they could always conveniently discover that they've already rented the facility to another group, so sorry!

  •  Gay men rowing? (4.00)
    But oars are very phallic.  And the crowds will be watching men who love other men drag phallic objects through water, while clad in swimwear.

    That, alone, is frightening.

    But then there is the very scary part: a gay coxswain will be shouting, "Stroke!" over and over and over.

    Run for your lives!

    Visit Satiric Mutt -- my contribution to the written cholesterol now clogging the arteries of the Internet.

    by Bob Johnson on Tue Mar 07, 2006 at 12:24:18 PM PST

  •  I don't get it. (none)
    this is a serious sporting event. not a festival.

    the local authorities should realize that gay people spend money when going to sporting events.

    Are you telling me that Wrigley Field is attended by only heterosexuals?

    Money is MOney.

    Of course, if Bartman is gay, that would be a negative.

  •  asdf (none)
    As a straight married man who doesn't watch any sports at all (except for the occasional Cubs or Bear game) and honestly never thought that much about it, why should I care?
    Because I am a Democrat, a progressive.

    Thank you for that.  You got a big smile out of me.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Tue Mar 07, 2006 at 12:39:28 PM PST

  •  I'll be in the tennis tournament! (none)
    I hope all my fans come out!

    Let justice reign though the heavens tremble

    by Viceroy on Tue Mar 07, 2006 at 02:27:38 PM PST

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