Colorado anti-abortion leader takes a shot at LGBT people

You don’t have to be anti-gay to be anti-abortion, but the two sometimes run together in Colorado politics.

The latest example comes from Christy Rodriquez, who runs Colorado Campaign for Life, a group that backs anti-abortion legislation and attacks pro-choice candidates.

Rodriquez “liked” a Facebook post promoting “Heterosexual Pride Day” as an opportunity to “celebrate the people who keep the human race alive.”

“Since the dawn of time, procreation has occupied a fundamental and essential foundation in this world to ensure the preservation of the natural order,” reads the Facebook post.

Rodriquez did not respond to my request for comment about the post generally and, specifically, what she sees as the “natural order”–and whether LGBT people are part of it.

I also wanted to ask her whether gay men who have children via surrogates (or adoption) or lesbian couples who have children via donated sperm, or other such combinations, would be celebrated for keeping the “human race alive” as well.

Last month, in response to a burst of social-media attention on Heterosexual Pride Day, Daniel Evans, editor of The Advocate, wrote:

“The big trending hashtag of the day, #HeterosexualPrideDay, shows willful ignorance of an oppressive reality: every day is straight pride day.

Every day, straight people march down the street, holding hands, kissing, and loving one another without fear of violence or arrest. An article in The Advocate by Alexander Cheves highlights at least 34 simple acts of affection — be it sitting next to the person one loves or stroking his hair — that straight people take for granted. Gay people know that on their lips, a kiss is not just a kiss. It is an act of bravery. It might as well be a revolution.

The hashtag erupted on Twitter at the end of Pride month, and it questioned why the LGBT community deserves its own time and space to celebrate its identity. The ignorance in that question wasn’t lost on much of Twitter. Many listed the reasons why a “Heterosexual Pride Day” is not only unnecessary, but also ignorant to the struggles of minority communities.

This debate is, unfortunately, not new. This argument tends to surface during the height of Pride season when the rainbow banners are at full mast.”

4 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JohnInDenver says:

    As a straight guy, I'd still bet “Heterosexual Pride Day” didn't have nearly as many people celebrating, as many parades, or as many pictures taken. It certainly doesn't have a notable flag.


  2. FrankUnderwood says:

    But isn't every day, Hetero Pride Day?

    How many times are straight men assaulted for holding the hand of their wives or girlfriends in public? How many women are fired from their jobs for having a picture of their husbands or boyfriends on their desks? And let's not even start on the tax and inheritance economic benefits on which straight married couples enjoyed a monopoly until recently.

    And yes, John, straight folks – God bless them – do not know how to throw a party the way LGBT's can!

  3. mamajama55 says:

    This anti-LGBT propaganda is not going to go over well with young people. Even the most evangelistic Christian teens in my small town high school have gay friends, acknowledge the sexual preference spectrum as a fact of life. The evangelistic kids are NOT OK with abortion, though, and not shy about letting that be known.

    People who are pro-choice tend to be quiet about it.

    The trendiest rural teens are sexually "fluid" or "queer". They may walk the halls holding hands with a boy one day and a girl the next. Our prom had several same sex couples dancing, and while they got stares and a little space, nobody hassled them. We put on a play with gay characters.

    Unfortunately, this does not mean it is safe for me as a bi teacher to be "out". I can be open about one side of my history, but secretive about the other. Teachers in small towns are expected to be role models, and also not to over-share. I'm sure I'll get outed eventually – will have to deal with it when it happens. Kids would be fine with it; the adults would not.

    Even those kids who are quiet about their support for abortion and contraception still use it, if they are sexually active. Often, pregnant girls just have their babies and continue with high school. No shame, no ostracism. Grandmas and extended families help out as a matter of course.

    Rodriguez' propaganda can be seen as a dying world view struggling to stay relevant. It's more building on the popularity of the anti-abortion stance, and trying to apply that to an anti-LGBT stance.  But it's doomed to fail in the long run.

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    This is nearly perfect "everythingness" — Americanfirster — doesn't seem like a black couple, or even "mixed race"?; that woman's definitely not wearing a hajib or burqua? — today's GOP . . . Proud Supporters of Procreation ( . . . if it’s the “right sort”)!!!

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