This Rogers/Gannon thing makes an odd couple for sure.
>. . . perhaps the most stunning of Gannon's comments was his assertion that he supports "outing" gays who live one life and vote another. Gannon - who himself was "outed" as a former sex worker without his consent - said that he supported the outing of erstwhile Virginia Congressman Ed Schrock (R-VA), who resigned in disgrace after Rogers posted tapes of him soliciting gay sex on the Internet.<
But there are limits for Gannon. For example as to Rogers' outing of Sen. Rick Santorum's (R-PA) communications director by a few months ago
>"What was done to Bob Traynham I think was despicable," Gannon remarked. "That was just a smear campaign intended to hurt Rick Santorum. The net result of this was: How many Republicans now are going to hire people they know or think are gay? And what gay people are going to go and work for Republicans, because of the fear of being outed?"<
>"It's identity politics," he said. "I'm against that kind of thing, because it's been used to destroy people's careers."<
Gannon no longer pretends to be reporter covering political news in Washington but rather has an opinion column in The Washington Blade, a DC area online gay publication, where he deals with issues more in his area of expertise. For example he has a recent column Brokeback's albatross that talks about Hollywood's 'year of the gay' with Brokeback, Capote and Transamerica.
While those later two deal with an effeminate intellectual and an trangendered drag queen, it is Brokeback that Gannon feels goes "over the line" by
>Making icons of American masculinity the central figures in a same-sex tryst, complete with on-screen anal intercourse<
He sees this sort of thing as providing "red meat" for the
>"family values" merchants that issue dire warnings about the "homosexual agenda."<
There may be some truth in this, but still one would have thought that a gay man who once promoted himself as a sex worker who was also an "ex-Marine jock" would on a personal level by pleased that Brokeback outed this aspect of the gay world to an American public that in large part still thinks of "gay" just in terms of Capote and Transamerica.
Be this as it may, Gannon seems just the right sort of person to have an opinion on this. However he may just be taking a bogus contrarian view to try to promote himself After all he seems to have assumed false roles in at least some of his earlier careers. It may be that the "real" Jeff Gannon is whatever works at the moment for self promotion.