Pro­fes­sional ho­mo­phobe Gor­don Klin­gen­schmitt strikes again

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By D’ANNE WITKOWSKI

Some­thing truly ter­ri­ble hap­pened in Min­nesota. An ele­men­tary school teacher and his hus­band were busted for hav­ing sex with un­der­age teenagers and film­ing it. Once they knew they were caught, they fled and killed them­selves.

The whole story is sick and sor­did and sad and I hope that all of the kids th­ese guys hurt get the help and care they de­serve and need. As for the abusers, at the risk of sound­ing in­sen­si­tive, (string of ex­ple­tives deleted).

Of course, some see it dif­fer­ently. For­mer Colorado law­maker and cur­rent pro­fes­sional ho­mo­phobe Gor­don Klin­gen­schmitt’s take is, “See! This is why gays shouldn’t be teach­ers!”

It is, of course, a ridicu­lous ar­gu­ment. But then, Klin­gen­schmitt is a ridicu­lous man.

It’s im­por­tant to note, though it will surely sur­prise and dis­ap­point Klin­gen­schmitt and his fol­low­ers, the vast ma­jor­ity of LGBTQ peo­ple aren’t pe­dophiles. They aren’t child mo­lesters and never will be. Full stop. This is, of course, true for all hu­mans, re­gard­less of sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, but I feel the need to make the dis­tinc­tion since LGBTQ peo­ple have had to con­tend with the pe­dophile ac­cu­sa­tion since for­ever in large part be­cause there are folks who for­get that they are, in fact, hu­man.

It is also im­por­tant to note that the ma­jor­ity of child sex­ual abuse vic­tims are girls who are abused by men who iden­tify as het­ero­sex­ual. Does this in any way di­min­ish the sever­ity of abuse when it is com­mit­ted by a man against a boy? No, of course not. But it would be just as il­log­i­cal to point at a specif­i­cally heinous case and de­clare it ev­i­dence that het­ero­sex­ual men shouldn’t be teach­ers.

Sex­ual abuse is some evil shit. And there are def­i­nitely laws and as­pects of so­ci­ety that need a-changin’! Ex­cept what Klin­gen­schmitt would like is to see mar­riage equal­ity erased, which would not pro­tect chil­dren at all. But it would hurt gay peo­ple, which seems to be his ul­ti­mate goal.

Gor­don Klin­gen­schmitt

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