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As the world debates who should get the most credit for our big win last Tuesday - Rahmbo, Schumer, Dean, George W. Bush - there's one regular joe that had something to do with the victory and he's all but been forgotten.  The cruel pop culture funnel will lump him in with the likes of Fawn Hall and Jessica Hahn, and if he's remembered at all, it will be in punch lines.  But he deserves way better.  His name is Mike Jones. And he could use some cash.

More after the jump.

An acquaintance of mine has spoken to Mike.  As written in the linked blog entry:

I've been in contact with Mike over the last week. He tells me that the major gay rights organizations have extended nothing but ten-foot poles. He is unemployed and I imagine that for at least the short future, he is unemployable. He is facing the potential of huge legal bills. He has received death threats from Haggard's followers and other peace-loving Christians.

A week ago he was in the national spotlight and had us smiling from ear to  ear; now he's facing crippling debt and fearing for  his life.     I know we've already squeezed our bank accounts dry to donate to Congressional candidates, but how about throwing a 20 into a Paypal account for Mike (using his email address massageandmuscle@aol.com).  Or if you feel uncomfortable sending money to a prostitute, send him a note of thanks.  And when you speak his name, don't speak it with derision.

Have you seen the televised interviews?  He's an unassuming, honest guy.  He could have gossiped to a few close friends about sleeping with a preacher and moved on with his life.  But he chose to risk his well-being for a cause.   How many of us can say we'd do the same?

Originally posted to queerbklynboy on Thu Nov 16, 2006 at 11:43 AM PST.

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  •  I'm making dinner instead of going out tonight (4+ / 0-)

    and sending him some dough.

    •  Props for the PIL quote in your sig . . . (0+ / 0-)

      . . . but don't you think you're going a little far with the "American hero" description?  The guy sold sex for money and arranged drug deals for people.  

      I favor the government butting out of telling people what to do with their bodies, but don't consider Mike Jones "heroic".   Of course gay rights groups want nothing to do with him -- he made it possible for closeted gay homophobes to get their nut off from time to time while advancing their hateful agenda.  How many of his other clients were closeted, married Coloradans who voted for their state's "marriage amendment"?

      A real hero in my book would have encouraged these men to be true to their own selves, and not been enablers for them.

      Virginia has defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Next week, they'll hold a lottery to find out who that lucky couple is.

      by osterizer on Thu Nov 16, 2006 at 12:18:58 PM PST

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      •  good point. (1+ / 0-)
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        American hero might be a bit strong.  I don't know if Mike would have succeeded in convincing Ted to be true to his own self though.  

        I do think he chose the path least chosen.   There are thousands of Mike Jones's out there that keep their mouths shut.   He was the one that didn't, and it may have helped change the course of the election.  

      •  let's focus on the result (1+ / 0-)
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        Osterizer, I can understand having distaste for drug dealers and prostitutes, easily. However, please frame your consideration of Mike Jones against what he stood to gain here. Money? From who? Employment? In Colorado, after this? Ever? But more than that, consider what he risked: his personal safety. The death threats have poured in from God's gentle loving people and I can't imagine that Mike would feel safe in his own home for quite a long time.

        Also, you should know that Jones only became aware of who Haggard was, after catching him on TV by chance one day at the gym, long after they'd begun their professional relationship. Despite the fears of the very real potential danger to him, Jones went ahead and rightfully exposed Haggard.

        The issue of "enabling" closeted, married men to have gay sex is far, far broader than can be confined to one man in Colorado. :)

        •  He doesn't have to be a paragon of virtue... (1+ / 0-)
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          (however one defines that).

          His actions were heroic and he deserves our thanks. He has mine, along with my best wishes.

          Guilt is the tragic delusion of culpability without the comic relief of sin. --Thorax Impeach Bush!

          by homogenius on Thu Nov 16, 2006 at 01:16:53 PM PST

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  •  He's a hero, kids. (0+ / 0-)
    No question.

    I think putting himself out there, with his real name, telling the world the truth about this hypocrite---he said that he was trying to undo what he'd done, by selling the drugs and keeping the secret for this guy. To disregard part of his act and to focus on his history is to set an insufferable standard for forgiveness in the situation. And to say a 'real' hero would have encouraged them to be themselves? What world you live in? No, Haggard had to be stopped, and Mike Jones did it.  Haggard wasn't a garden variety closet case. He was a world-class homophobe responsible for a lot of lies and pain.

    Good luck with this---from a neighborhood boy who's out here in the woods for a while. And yeah, I'm sending money.

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