LZ Ganderson is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, and has contributed to ESPN’s Sports Center, Outside the Lines and First Take. He is a 2010 nominee and the 2009 winner of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) award for online journalism as well as the 2008 National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) winner for column writing.
He wrote, “Closeted anti-gays are the enemy within” on CNN Opinion, yesterday. His basic contention is that we need a name (like the black community has “Uncle Tom”) for those that are gay and are doing the most harm to the gay community like George Rekers, Ted Haggerd, Representative Mark Foley, Senator Larry Craig, etc.
“The gay and lesbian community has plenty of Uncle Toms trying to blow us up from inside, but what we don’t have is our own word or phrase to identify them. Some call them “closet cases,” but there is a difference between someone who is unwilling to live openly and honestly, and someone who takes that a step further and hurts those who do.
People in the closet warrant a level of sympathy because we all know how difficult it can be to embrace one’s truth. And I do not believe in outing people who are simply living in hiding. But I do believe in revealing the identities of these gay Uncle Toms.”
Do we need a name for these gay Uncle Toms and if so what should it be?