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Monday, 18 September 2006

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joey

Its amazing the gay community is always ready to jump on someone who is trying to the right thing, under pressure or not.

nyc324

I am sure you have read this: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/18/nyregion/18cipel.html?_r=2&ref=nyregion&oref=login&oref=slogin
It will always be a he said/he said story with an innocent kid, who deserves better, caught in the middle.

7

Count me as another gay NJ resident that considers McGreevey’s “coming out” as not a brave and honorable act, but something done to save political face and to avoid the consequences of his less than honest actions. And by that, I dont mean cheating on his wife. I mean selling offices, getting kick-backs etc. Plain and simple, the man was a crook, his administration was plagued with scandals and there was no way he would have been re-elected to another term. The worst thing the gay community can do is hold him up as some sort of hero or role model. He is neither. Honestly, if it were not already taken, the best exit line he could use is, “You’re not going to have Jim McGreevey to kick around anymore”

Michael Petrelis

Jim McGreevy has much in common with Mary Cheney. Did Mary do anything significant when the rest of us were demonized by Bush and the GOP? Nope.

And I can't recall Jim helping the NJ gay community, while he was putting the moves on his underling.

But when the publishing the world comes knocking at the door with a fat check, both Mary and Jim are only too glad to take the money, then promote themselves in the media.

Let's hope the McGreevy book sinks as fast as Mary's book.

dexxle

i would seperate his identity into pieces...

first McGreevy the husband, he did wrong, to his wife. it's rotten to do that to his wife, not about lying about being gay, but cheating behind her back.

second, McGreevy the politician. here i think he is a victim. this is the aspect that he gained some sympathy from the public.

third, McGreevy the gay man. this is the side that he got sympathy from the gay community. nobody choose to stay in the closet. it was a case forced on many of us based on situations.

fourth, McGreevy the writer. i don't like this one. it's too soon to write a book. seem like it reflects the politician in him, opportunitist. he needs to do something for the community, for his wife, children, and continueing to show that he is a public person, not a politican. but is' only my opinion. a book without a scandal overheaded is a lot more inspirational to read.

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Lev Raphael

Booksellers will tell you that Mary Cheney's book was a complete bomb. His book might do better, but I doubt it. Who's going to want to read it, even among gay readers and/or political junkies? He's a completely uninteresting politician, and his personal story of being closeted and in the public eye is hardly earth-shattering at this late date.
As a reviewer, I wouldn't even want a free copy.

sarah klein

Too bad McGreevey and Mary Cheney are not straight. They would make a great couple. Two total whores.

David

I remember as a kid always hearing, "is it good for the Jews?" Thanks for the flashback.

circuitmouse

After reading the 'gay is over' story and about McGreevey, I wonder if we shouldn't think about excommunicating some gays. When I used to volunteer at the LA County Jail's gay tank, they actually had a panel that would query inmates in advance of assignment to assure that they weren't straight boys hiding out from gang members or would-be predators of the gay inmates. I thought of this when I compared McGreevey's age and background to my own, and wondered how much of his resulting decision process was of his own free will, and how much of it was involuntary pre-conditioning. Since we can't do a Vulcan mind meld, we'll never fully know to what degree countless gays and lesbians are willing or unwilling accomplices to their own destiny. A final thought- if 'gay is over' then why are so many of 'em being murdered?

Beth

Folks seem rather un-forgiving and bitter that he should be so troubled and trapped that he lied TO HIMSELF for so long. Lies are like cancer, they chew you up inside, but no one curses those who die of malignant melanoma. Feel damned from youth and inclined to hide in hopes of finding some other way (and though I am glad I am gay I can honestly say there have been MANY TIMES I wished I was not, or knew it would become my sole identifier in certain groups and felt it was a burden) then there is no forgiveness. As a community we need to realize that we do not get to decide how other people assert their sexuality. And it might help to recognize that that level of self denial can cause mental ilness.

He is not my hero, but I can feel for someone who spent SO MANY YEARS HATING HIMSELF. And I did not have to apologize to the whole world for it. It would be nice if we allowed gay folks to be a frail and human as we expect the straights to be.

Part of being accepted by the rest is to be like the rest, human beings!

Christopher King

Really, REALLY good blog!!

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