Morally 'Straight': The Lord Baden Perry Connection

Rick Perry's over-compensatory manliness is getting tired.

Oh puh-lease. Sometimes our governor seems to go out of his way to make it totally embarrassing to be a Texan.

Texas Governor Rick Perry's interview with the New York Times about his Boy Scout book is just another feather in a 10-gallon hat of hee haw humiliation.

Perry is donating the sales to not just the Boy Scouts proper, but, more pointedly, to their legal defense fund, which funds the lawsuits it finds itself in after it kicks out loyal scouts discovered to be homosexual.

"Trustworthy." That's one of their virtues.

One wonders how today's Scouts would deal with their own founder, Lord Baden Powell.

When interviewer Deborah Solomon suggested to Perry that homosexuals might also be interested in the same virtues touted by the Scouts, like being loyal and thrifty, Rick quipped, "The argument that gets made is that homosexuality is about sex. Do you agree?" to which Solomon flatly replied, "No."

Then Rick said (and I am not making this up), "Well, then why don’t they call it something else?"

Perhaps for the same reason that heteroSEXuals don't call "it" something else either, dumbass. Capital O. Capital M. Capital G.

What flavor of stupid juice is this man's gray matter soaking in? His hair product? Let's find out the brand so we can lobby to have it banned from the shelves.

All that aside, Chuck Smith from Equality Texas calls for a dignified response: Are you gay? Were/are you a scout? Go Wednesday, Feb. 27, to the guv's book reading at our local giant independent bookstore (who does not get a plug from me today for their ridiculous whitewash. Honies, don't say "secular humanist" when you mean "gay." Just say gay.)

Our darling Richard Whittaker blogged thusly over at our sister/brother blog Newsdesk.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Politics
Fish or Gay Bait
Fish or Gay Bait
Response to D6 candidate Matt Stillwell's least-common-Dem politics

Kate X Messer, Nov. 3, 2014

Frito Pie Surprise!
Frito Pie Surprise!
What's a nice candidate for governor like you doing in a place like this?

Kate X Messer, Oct. 7, 2013

More Homophobia
Dan Patrick Excoriated Over Orlando Shooting Tweet
Dan Patrick Excoriated Over Orlando Shooting Tweet
Lite Guv blames Twitter debacle on timing, not bigotry

Richard Whittaker, June 12, 2016

Sign Here for Prejudice
Sign Here for Prejudice
Efforts to repeal Plano's ban on discrimination

Blake McCoy, Jan. 9, 2015

More by Kate X Messer
The Gay Place: It's Aliiive!
It's Aliiive!
You can't keep a Gay Place down; just ask Sarah Marloff

Jan. 20, 2016

Gay Place: I'm Not Gonna Miss You
Gay Place: I'm Not Gonna Miss You

Jan. 15, 2016


Politics, Homophobia, Rick Perry, Boy Scouts, New York Times, gay, homosexual, internalized homophobia, overcompensation, governor, sex

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle