(Community Matters) I welcome disparate voices in conversations on homosexuality and our equality. And, I certainly trust Ezra Klein to be a judicious editor. Brandon Ambrosino shows real promise as a thinker and writer, and his writings have been misreported. He feels a little Jonathan Swift to me actually, maybe with a little Brothers Grimm’s witch.
We haven’t won progress over the years by tightening our circles but by expanding them and hosting real conversations – and yes, by protests & demands too. In Towelroad – Anger Grows at Ezra Klein For Hiring Gay Writer Who Fuels the Animus of Anti-Gay Conservatives.
I’m eager for Kip’s take on this.
Since you asked.
I could barely recall where I’d heard Ambrosino’s name, but knew that it was probably on JMG. Indeed, back in January he posted an item about Ambrosino’s vile article “I Wasn’t Born This Way,” which ran in the “New Republic”: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116378/macklemores-same-love-sends-wrong-message-about-being-gay
His ideas are moronic, especially his equating with sexuality with sexual activity–you know, since a homosexual man who isn’t only merely gay but really most sincerely gay could, under the right conditions, perhaps after consuming plenty of alcohol and wearing a blindfold, have sex with a woman, which he would in some sense be choosing to do, being gay isn’t therefore a core part of his identity, but just something he decides to be from time to time. Because he had sex with one woman, once. QED.
Twenty-three-year-olds are allowed to be morons. Whether they should be given a national platform to display their lack of mental rigor to all the world is a different matter. And apart from Ambrosino’s garbled thoughts, his writing style seriously sucks.
John Aravosis has an epic takedown of all things Ambrosino at AmericaBlog; http://americablog.com/2014/01/gay-isnt-choice-bad-journalism.html. Highly recommended.
I’ve never been a big fan of Mr. Klein, and his hiring of Ambrosino (whose work he didn’t bother to read before giving him a job–WTF?) isn’t inclining me to regard him more tenderly. I’ve got plenty to read, and don’t really feel any need to add to the mix the ill-considered ramblings of a twenty-something with identity problems.