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Is Elena Kagan an 'Ex-Gay'?

Greg Quinlan, President of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX), thinks she might be. Quinlan writes:

Elena_kagan President Obama's nominee for Supreme Court Justice, Elena Kagan, has steadfastly refused to divulge her sexual orientation, despite a CBS News blog item claiming that Kagan is known in Harvard circles as a lesbian. In response, the White House blasted CBS News for its "lies" and CBS pulled the item off its website.

But if Kagan is a lesbian, why would the White House insist that she is not when Obama made gay rights part of his platform for change? In issuing this month's gay pride presidential proclamation, Obama stated he is "proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration."

So Kagan and her alleged lesbianism should not be an issue for the White House or the Democrats, who control the Senate vote for Kagan's judicial nomination.

Some of Kagan's friends have told Politico that she is frustrated by the persistence of the gay rumors, but "worried that denying them could imply some anti-gay prejudice." But this makes no sense either-isn't the whole point of the gay rights movement to allow people to be free to declare who they really are, without stigma? If the only way for a middle-aged woman to declare that she is straight is to marry a man, wouldn't that be a step backward, and not forward, in liberal gender politics?

There is, however, another possibility. Could it be that Kagan is ex-gay? That would explain the White House insistence on Kagan's heterosexuality and Kagan's silence about her past sexual preference.

As an ex-gay myself, I sympathize with Kagan and the Obama administration. I have had to face taunts, threats, and phone calls to my employer demanding that I be fired. There is no hate like that directed against the ex-gay community. And the President knows it.

Quinlan calls on Kagan to come out of the closet: "Regardless of our political differences, ex-gays like me, and maybe you, should be able to live openly just like when we were homosexuals."

Please, Mary.

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  1. Considering the record of most ex-gays, I'm assuming Greg Quinlan typed his column about Kagan on his knees in an airport bathroom.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Jun 22, 2010 11:11:10 AM

  2. There is no such thing as "ex gay" only "repressed gay." Is it that important for you to be approved of by your religion that you forsake your natural orientation? Fine, but realize that you are choosing a life of castigation.

    Posted by: tooboot | Jun 22, 2010 11:14:54 AM

  3. Elena, despised by men, turned to woman for solace. Several undergrads reciprocated but resented her success and mental prowess. After a sucession of doomed love affairs, she made work her one love and became asexual.

    Posted by: BJ Murphy | Jun 22, 2010 11:25:23 AM

  4. What a conflicted moron. "Ex-Gay" my ass...

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | Jun 22, 2010 11:26:08 AM

  5. Or maybe she's a unicorn?

    Greg needs to stop overthinking and go get some good gay sex already. Rentboys, help him out!

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 22, 2010 11:34:16 AM

  6. "I have had to face taunts, threats, and phone calls to my employer demanding that I be fired. There is no hate like that directed against the ex-gay community." - Drama Queen

    Posted by: Windy | Jun 22, 2010 11:38:26 AM

  7. ex-gays do not exist.

    Posted by: bunker | Jun 22, 2010 11:38:42 AM

  8. omg I just stumbled across this P4CM thing (passion for christ movement I think). its filled with "ex-gays" and "ex-fornicators" and whatnot. all their vids had these sheeplike "praise him!" comments everywhere so i tried to post and needless to say it probably won't be approved. if you watch their vids on youtube its sad how deeply brainwashed they are. its a straight up cult

    Posted by: Wes | Jun 22, 2010 11:48:29 AM

  9. Jesus, can you just lay off this woman who is merely suffering from being successful and ugly? Newsflash: Straight guys aren't into that!

    Posted by: NoSleep4Sam | Jun 22, 2010 11:55:25 AM

  10. So if there are ex-gays, where are all the ex-straights?
    I hope he's enjoying his fifteen minutes.

    Posted by: sjorgl | Jun 22, 2010 12:12:49 PM

  11. what a stupid article. if she is gay, the simple answer might be that she just doesn't want to admit it.

    "ex-gays" are loathed because they are liars, not because they are no longer gay.

    Posted by: David T | Jun 22, 2010 12:17:39 PM

  12. He's just trying to turn LGBTs against her, I think

    Posted by: Dom | Jun 22, 2010 12:32:21 PM

  13. I can truly understand Mr. Quinlan's sentiments here. As an Ex-Caucasian, I personally can relate to Ms. Kagan's "tortured" past as a "rumored Lesbian", and why she might choose to cast-off her past pervy shackles to finally and fully embrace the dominate sexually fascistic practice and lifestyle choice of mother Heterosexuality.

    I'm currently working on becoming an Ex-HOMOsapien with a patient and supportive group of like minded simians twice a week.

    Posted by: StevieLee | Jun 22, 2010 1:24:51 PM

  14. And we should consider this douchbags baseless speculation on an issue that has no relevance why?.......

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 22, 2010 1:34:57 PM

  15. This is nothing more than some ridiculous guy trying to get press for himself on the back of a Supreme Court nominee.

    And look, it worked. Nice job, Greg. You did exactly as you set out to do.

    Posted by: Bart | Jun 22, 2010 1:46:50 PM

  16. Yes, because PFOX is sooo credible. NOT

    Posted by: ravewulf | Jun 22, 2010 1:46:50 PM

  17. The state of gay rights has advanced too quickly. It's like we've been fast forwarded to the future. Gay marriage wasn't supposed to be in national consciousness until around 2050 according to the legal eagles at Lambda and the ACLU back in the 1990s. If she were an ex-gay, maybe she could set us back in time, bring us to where we should be.

    Posted by: DireFates | Jun 22, 2010 2:23:07 PM

  18. If, in fact, she is Ex-Gay, there is no place for her on the SCOTUS. Such a person would have a clouded, prejudiced mind.

    Posted by: Rodney | Jun 22, 2010 2:51:06 PM

  19. Quite frankly I could care less if she's gay or not. I believe after she is confirmed she'll make a statement one way or the other and then we can finally put this whole thing to rest.

    Posted by: Stephen | Jun 22, 2010 3:05:08 PM

  20. What is this ex-gay movement nonsense- you either like sucking dick or you don't- you might stop for a while until you need some hot rent boy to help you with the luggage.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jun 22, 2010 5:44:48 PM

  21. NOSLEEP4SAM: 100% spot on.
    STEVIELEE: hilarious.
    BART: too true.

    Posted by: shanesoho | Jun 22, 2010 6:15:04 PM

  22. This just seems like the author's fantasy that there is any such thing as "ex-gay' outside the fundametalist christian parallel universe. I don't believe many liberal(ish) Jewish intellectual Upper West Side native Harvard professors identify that way...

    Posted by: hank | Jun 23, 2010 9:42:40 PM

  23. Really stupid post.

    Posted by: charley | Jun 24, 2010 3:06:14 PM

  24. Actually I'm not sure why you're running this headline so prominently. There is no evidence whatsoever here to support the idea that Elena Kagan is 'ex-gay.' It appears to be purely Quinlan's fantasy and/or a pretext to get on his own 'ex-gay' soap-box.

    Posted by: hank again | Jun 24, 2010 11:42:54 PM

  25. "... live openly just like when we were homosexuals".

    Right. No marriage. No military service. No blood donation. No partner immigration. No adoption. No job protection. Exactly the same, isn't it?

    I actually do believe there are ex-gays, but I think the proper term should probably be something like "serial unisexual".

    Some people who considered themselves straight and later claim to be gay do agree that they were never straight ... just afraid of what being gay meant. But some claimed to have genuinely been straight. Maybe that's guilt talking. Or maybe it's true. I think at some point we have to take at least some of them at their word. And if it works in one direction, it must work in the other.

    That said, it's certainly more rewarding to be ex-gay than to be ex-straight, and everyone knows it. Straight privilege far outweighs the scorn of the gay minority.

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 26, 2010 1:04:44 AM

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