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The Indefinite Article.

Friday, August 13, 2004

Gay American

At first I was struck by soon to be former New Jersey Governor's carefully parsed language marked by the sentence, "I am a gay american." Maybe gay and american should be capitalized like, "I am a Gay American." Shouldn't it be hyphenated at the same time, like "I am a Gay-American," sort of like African-American or Mexican-American? But wait, when did being homosexual become something like ethnic or racial identification?

Regardless if Gay-American is something that exists enough for McGreevey to be, is he truely a Gay-American? He has a wife and kids and had an exta-marital affair. The contemporary term for this state of being is to be on the "down low." The situation doesn't sound one hundred percent gay, or homosexual. If anything it seems to represent a bi-curious streak in McGreevey. Would it be more accurate to describe him as a "Bi-Curious American?"


  • well, hell. if that's the case i'm a "mexican/hispanic-htereosexual-rainy day catholic-american"!


    on a more serious note, liking gay-american to, say, a mexican-american begins the linguistic process of identifying 'gay' as an inheritor of civil rights, huh?

    By Blogger Killy, at 9:31 AM  

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