Cynthia Nixon needs to add a word to her currently-lacking vocabulary: bisexual. In a recent interview with the New York Times Magazine, Nixon said “I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay, and gay is better,” adding that for her, being gay was a choice.
Not surprisingly, Nixon’s comments riled gay activists, who feel that proving gayness inherent in a gay person’s genes will hasten the march for full equality. Additionally, most gay people feel that they were born gay, or at least have learned that's what they ought to say; Nixon’s comments were shocking because they are not a part of carefully-crafted linguistic choices of most gay people.
I was raised by stoic Wisconsin farmpeople who taught me many important lifeskills: how to hoe beets, use a chainsaw at age ten and (consequently) how one might say “oh it's barely bleeding at all” in both German and English. And while my life experiences include both drinking warm milk directly from the cow and accidentally driving a tractor into a brick wall (“it's barely bleeding at all” once again came in handy) watching tv was not really part of our family togetherness experience.
In fact, because my father believed that the only activities that had value were character building activities, we were not allowed to watch tevee unless we read the equivalent amount of time in a nonfiction book, presented an oral report on what we learned from the book at the dinner table, and explain why/how watching this tv show would help us meet our life goals.
Rick Santorum who is avidly known as being antigay has continued on his string on antigay pronouncements while on the trail in New Hampshire, stating that a man in jail would be a better parent than a same-sex couple.
The Los Angeles Times reported from Manchester, New Hampshire that Santorum claimed to quote an anti-poverty expert while explaining his case.
Santorum went on to state that that he had found that even fathers in ail who had abandoned their kids were better than no father at all to have in the child’s life. To quote Santorum later following this, he stated according to an article in The Advocate, that if a same-sex couple were to raise a child, they would be, “robbing the children of something that they need, they deserve, they have a right to. You may rationalize that this isn’t true, but in your own life and in your own heart, you know it’s true.”
When I worked as a home visiting nurse, no matter how many visits I had in a day, I would almost never use the bathroom at my clients' houses, mostly because I feel like it's intrusive. But one afternoon I was desperate and made an exception.