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Politician "Outed" by Opponent ... as Straight!

Mudslinging your political opponent is a time-honored practice, but this one has a bit of unexpected twist. In the hotly contested primary for Pennsylvania state legislative seat, Democrat Gregg Kravitz was "outed" by his primary opponent as straight:

Veteran Rep. Babette Josephs (D., Phila.) last Thursday accused her primary opponent, Gregg Kravitz, of pretending to be bisexual in order to pander to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender voters, a powerful bloc in the district.

"I outed him as a straight person," Josephs said during a fund-raiser at the Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant, as some in the audience gasped or laughed, "and now he goes around telling people, quote, 'I swing both ways.' That's quite a respectful way to talk about sexuality. This guy's a gem."

Kravitz, 29, said that he is sexually attracted to both men and women and called Josephs' comments offensive.

"That kind of taunting is going to make it more difficult for closeted members of the LGBT community to be comfortable with themselves," Kravitz said. "It's damaging."

But others said the remarkable quarrel itself was a sign of progress.

"We've hit a new high point when candidates are accused of pretending to be gay to win a seat," said Mark Segal, publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News and a pioneering civil rights advocate.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/homepage/91791329.html


If he thinks he's going to win LGBT votes by claiming to be LGBT, he's kind of an idiot. But then again, the LGBT community continues to fund the HRC even though they just claim to be LGBT without doing anything about it.

Here's hoping, straight or gay, if this dude is elected, he actually does something for LGBT people. You know, maybe vote for an inclusive ENDA, Matthew Sheppard Act, and repeal DOMA and DADT?
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LisaL, within the LGBT community, bisexual people are pretty invisible, so it's a little insulting for them to be described in that manner. And to say someone "swings both ways" is perpetuating the stereotype that bisexual people are promiscuous.
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I wouldn't exactly call myself a cowboy, ByrdBrain.

No, I was referring to the radical politics that come out of the urban homosexual environment. Living in large groups, I think they tend to get insular. This probably happens with most groups of people with something in common - I hate to use the word "ghetto", since that has negative connotations, and it's not always a bad thing. But it does tend to separate those people from other people who have that same thing in common but who live in a different environment.

In this case, it just turns to silliness.
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