Tuesday, June 18, 2013
In the middle of a state legislature debate regarding local non-discrimination ordinances in Idaho, a Republican politician revealed that he has apparently never actually encountered a gay person in his life:
Cornel Rasor, a former Bonner County commissioner and chairman of the Idaho GOP’s resolutions committee, said, “I’d hire a gay guy if I thought he was a good worker. But if he comes into work in a tutu … he’s not producing what I want in my office.”
Before we get into the fact that Rasor seems to think that all homosexuals seem to have a predilection for dressing like ballerinas, let's note that politicians within a party that advocates for small, local government have a desire to kill ordinances that were passed by local governments:
“Resolved, that the Idaho Republican State Central Committee recommends that our legislators support Idaho’s current anti-discrimination laws and policies and enact a law that would make unenforceable any municipal ordinances that would seek to expand categories of prohibited discrimination beyond current state anti-discrimination laws and policies,” the resolution states.
The Idaho Human Rights Act now bans discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations on the basis of race, religion, disability and more. But lawmakers have resisted efforts to add sexual orientation and gender identity to that law.
Sure, quash the ability for municipalities to create their own laws. Why not?
But let's go back to Cornel Rasor, who doesn't want his employees to come to work in a tutu — which, of course, is common thing for gay people to do. Why, I know that when I hang out with gay men, they often lament that their high heels and fairy wings (things that are issues to homosexuals at the time of their decision to be interested in members of the same sex) are just too damn inappropriate for the office.
Not every gay man is a drag queen, not every drag queen is a gay man, and the number of people who are going to work in tutus because they're attracted to people of the same sex is so insanely miniscule that you're as likely to find people who go to work in tutus regardless of their sexual orientation.