So one of my parents, Lin, has this sister who is super right-wing. It’s bizarre. She’s really funny and fun to be around, and seems to have no problem with the fact that her sister is a lesbian? She’ll come up for a weekend and hang out with my parents, rave about their house and my mother’s cooking, drink cocktails and stay up late with them playing Trivial Pursuit. And no one talks about politics and I guess they all just ignore the elephant in the room.
But I see her posting and commenting on articles on facebook all the time from The Tea Party and Fox News and various other extreme conservative pages. And it doesn’t even sound like her. This comment was on this article (Tea Party News Network!), and it’s about some assembly where ‘a homosexual activist parent’ somehow took over a diversity assembly and ‘indoctrinated’ the children [“On stage was the rainbow flag but NO American flag.”] on the ways of the gays.
I don’t trust a single detail in the story or even that it happened, but it doesn’t really matter. I don’t quite get the tone of Diane’s comment. I’m assuming putting “community” in quotes is putting a little stink on the word— oh, sure, the gay “community” or whatever. I want to give her the benefit of the doubt and take it as like a Class B kind of patronizing/othering offense, instead of as something worse. I don’t know. My parents seem to have a lot of republicans in their families and I just don’t get it. I’m not expecting anyone to be a single issue voter or anything, but I don’t get how you vote for someone or support a platform that says bad things about your sister.