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Gawker: Ken Mehlman Must Never Have Sex Again

KenMehlmanKen Mehlman is that closeted Republican fellow who ran George W.'s reelection campaign in 2004. He uncloseted himself in 2010, and since then he's been a barnstormer for LGBT rights. Now he's made the Out 100 -- that august list of 100 "LGBT movers and shakers who made big impressions on the cultural and social fabrics of this year."

Brian Moylan, of Gawker, is having none of it. (Neither's Joe, of Joe My God, but Moylan approaches his disgust more pro-actively.) Writes Moylan:

... shouldn't [Mehlman] have been fighting for gay marriage, oh, I don't know, when he was helping to run the Republican party? Shouldn't he have cared how these votes were going to go before they happened rather than fighting to reverse them now that they have?

Thanks to Ken Mehlman, we need to fight even harder to achieve marriage equality in all 50 states. Good thing he's going to help, because it's going to take a lot of extra work to reach that goal, in part due to his handiwork. At the time I was working at the Washington Blade, the country's oldest and largest gay newspaper, and we tried like hell to find proof of the gay rumors so we could out the bastard while he was still in power. We never got the chance, and he came out himself in 2010.

... we have to do something to punish Mr. Mehlman for all he's done while still giving him credit for his accomplishments. I have a suggestion. As of this day, every gay man in the world (or at least America) should pledge that they will never sleep with Ken Mehlman. No kissing, no touching, no handies in the bathroom at a Log Cabin convention. Nothing! Yes, he is allowed to be gay and to fight for gay civil rights, but for his past sins, he should be rendered completely celibate. You can date him, you can go to parties with him, and you can invite him to your fundraisers, but don't you so much as dare do anything below the belt ... This is the price all traitors should pay -- a long, lonely life of frustrated misery.

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  1. Punish him and you punish yourself. Great, we teach him a lesson and we lose his ability to connect with Republicans who can be swayed to support our cause. YAY TEAM!

    Posted by: Dan | Nov 5, 2011 4:07:19 PM


  2. Ha! Joke's on us! There's always going to be some pathetic starfucker with a decent body, who's also decent in bed, who will sleep with the likes of Ken Mehlman. Life isn't fair. And Kennie will enjoy acclaim from Out Magazine and his high-priced Chelsea loft while the rest of us don't hurt people for a living.

    Posted by: Greg | Nov 5, 2011 4:12:36 PM


  3. Are people like Mehlman staving off or facilitating the coming Holocaust?

    Posted by: Phineas Talbot | Nov 5, 2011 4:56:22 PM


  4. I heard that Anita Bryant wants a gay friend. I can think of no one more perfect than this Judas.

    Posted by: T.s. | Nov 5, 2011 4:57:00 PM


  5. Hasn't his weasel-face already accomplished this goal for us?

    Posted by: Christopher | Nov 5, 2011 4:59:49 PM


  6. phuleeze - he's on grinder and clist every night, and trust me, he's getting laid by people who don't know who he is...

    Posted by: supine | Nov 5, 2011 5:26:08 PM


  7. I'll put this as succinctly as I can: Ken Mehlman could drop dead for all I care.

    Signed,
    One person among millions who was (and still is) disenfranchised by Mehlman, Blackwell, and Rove.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Nov 5, 2011 5:30:29 PM


  8. Jeez, people, can we just give it up already? If we punish people who used to be enemies once they become allies, what incentive is there for people to become allies? How many of you spiteful types are New Yorkers? Remember that we needed Republican votes in the state Senate to achieve marriage equality? Do you think those votes appeared by magic? The simple fact is that he is gay, he is on our side now, and he's using all his resources (which are unique among gay power brokers) to help our cause. I propose we say "Welcome."

    Posted by: Rich | Nov 5, 2011 5:53:17 PM


  9. Forgive, people!

    Be better than our oppressors! That's all I have to say. We need allies, and Ken is as effective an ally as we'll ever get. We are nothing without crossover appeal and you damn well know it!

    Posted by: ophu | Nov 5, 2011 5:53:39 PM


  10. Did you know there are these businesses you can hire to sort of send out rebuttal tweet and comments to mitigate the impact of negative communications?

    Posted by: Fahd | Nov 5, 2011 6:00:42 PM


  11. Instead of hoping others will punish him for you, just don't buy Out magazine. Punish them for trying to rehabilitate his beyond-redemption reputation.

    Hitler was Time magazine's 1938 Man of the Year, so I never subscribed to Time because I determined it wasn't being published for the betterment of the human race. Same deal here. And I seriously didn't even know there was still an Out magazine (the whole concept of Out seems so 1990, and print is so 1995), so it won't be difficult for me to not buy it.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Nov 5, 2011 6:05:10 PM


  12. He'll just find another self-loathing closet case or a curious "straight" man with whom he can get his jollies...

    Posted by: Giuseppe | Nov 5, 2011 6:24:31 PM


  13. Is his home decorated with a blow-up of the flyer the RNC sent out to Arkansas in 2004? You know, the one about outrageousness of supposedly banning the Bible but allowing homos to have civil rights?

    Can someone also make a ringtone of Mehlman's statement around that time about how all those untrue gay rumors were having a negative impact on his (heterosexual) dating life?

    Hostility to gay people tilted Ohio - as Mehlman wanted, and with momentous results - in 2004, did it not?

    It will be a very, very long time before I could possibly summon warm feelings for this guy.

    Posted by: I recall | Nov 5, 2011 6:25:41 PM


  14. I agree with Rodney Wollam.

    Posted by: tune | Nov 5, 2011 7:00:34 PM


  15. Thanks for saying what you did about Joe My God. I'll go to his blog for some gay news articles, but he's petty, incredibly vindictive, and horrendously (horrendously!) self-aggrandizing and self-promoting, which of the three bothers me the most. It seems like one out of every three of his posts include him and his self-importance in some way or another. Which is why Towleroad ranks #1 in my gay blog list.

    As for Mehlman, he's a disgusting hypocrite, and Moylan hit the nail on the head -- it's because of him that we're having to fight even harder on LGBT rights. I'll neither forgive nor forget, but I'll take the high road and just hope that he can somehow redeem himself. I won't be holding my breath, though.

    Posted by: finkles2000 | Nov 5, 2011 7:10:06 PM


  16. Ken Mehlman can jump off a roof for all I care. The guy is a self-centered scum that played a major role in damaging the lives of millions of Americans. Now that he is out of power, he is trying to play noble hero?!?

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Nov 5, 2011 7:28:59 PM


  17. PS I don't believe Thorp's comment about Joe was meant as a criticism. All he said was Joe was disgusted, but that Gawker's disgust was more pro-active because it offered something for us to do with our disgust—deny Mehlman sex.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Nov 5, 2011 7:31:39 PM


  18. My comment to FINK disappeared. I said in part FINK, you should start a blog instead of uselessly commenting bitterly about someone like Joe, who creates news cycles and frames issues brilliantly and in ways that always benefit the LGBT community.

    To Rich: It's not petty vindictiveness, it's called not being a damn fool. How is he no longer my enemy? I don't believe in almost ANYTHING he believes in, he's still supporting Republicans who are explicitly anti-gay and he is personally responsible in no small part for the anti-gay laws that are now in a bunch of states' constitutions for the long haul.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Nov 5, 2011 7:35:11 PM


  19. What a bunch of jackasses. I for one am glad he's helping now instead of doing harm. Is he perfect? Not even close. But you all can keep your bitterness and anger, I'll take marriage in NY that he helped win. With gratitude.

    Posted by: Wade | Nov 5, 2011 7:42:57 PM


  20. No more Out magazine for me then, this guy worked hard to discriminate for Bush against gay people, all is not forgiven because he is still a gay hating Republican. He has yet to prove otherwise.

    Posted by: Skooter McGoo | Nov 5, 2011 7:55:57 PM



  21. Dear Matthew:


    Correct. Im a Joe fan.


    - BKT

    Typos courtesy of iPhone and Autocorrect.

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Nov 5, 2011 8:20:13 PM


  22. I'll agree to disagree. Perhaps my language was too strong and I should have said, he *can be* all those things, MATTHEW. I stated that I still go to the blog. I don't think he's (or anyone, really) always "brilliant," and I don't think every single one of his posts "always" benefit the LGBT community. Is he an important, passionate ally, MATTHEW? Yes. And I link to his linked articles often, as I probably wouldn't have found them any other way. But I don't always appreciate the way his message comes across (to me, I guess -- the cheese stands alone). It's his blog, he can run it however way he wants, I just personally find it oddly self-promotional at times when I don't think it's particularly warranted. And while I completely agree with his assessment of asshats who call themselves "christians," I sometimes think he goes overboard in his ridicule of the religion. That's just me. I'm not speaking for anyone else, and in retrospect, my words were probably too harsh. But I'm not going to change my opinion.

    And while my blog postings were too infrequent to be of any merit now, I don't really feel the need to start another one, as you suggested. I do freelance writing for a couple websites, though. I'm just too lazy to link to them here and I doubt anyone would be interested in reading them, because they're incredibly low-brow. That's not sarcasm, by the way.

    My apologies to you and other Joe My God fans. He has his opinions, I have mine. So be it.

    Posted by: finkles2000 | Nov 5, 2011 9:06:53 PM


  23. I think it's worth pointing out here that Mehlman has not switched parties. He may have helped New York State to get marriage equality (how handy for him and his future partner and heir), but he continues to help anti-gay Republicans elected - Republicans who will help to confirm conservative judges and Supreme Court justices, who will oppose the repeal of DOMA, etc. Even as he's helping the gay community, he's also still hurting it.

    Posted by: Sancho | Nov 5, 2011 9:34:30 PM


  24. Nail on the head, Sancho. Which is exactly the reason why GOProud, to put it nicely, confuses me.

    Posted by: finkles2000 | Nov 5, 2011 9:36:13 PM


  25. Who on earth would want to have sex with this creature?

    You want to do it with him "Dan"? Go ahead.
    Have fun.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 5, 2011 11:08:35 PM


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