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Democratic Arizona Senator To Gay Colleague: 'Act More Gay'

Senator Cajero BedfordNot all gay men are the obviously-gay Jack McFarland stereotypes, but this little-known fact came as a complete surprise to Arizona Democratic Senator Cajero Bedford when her colleague Senator Steve Gallardo came out of the closet.

She was so surprised by it that in a closed-door caucus meeting amongst the Democratic Senators she told him that he should, "act more gay," unaware that humans in general exhibit a wide variety of behavioral patterns.

She then proceeded to question Gallardo's integrity, even going so far as to call for a vote to oust Gallardo as the Senate's minority whip because him being in the closet was a matter of "honesty." The vote failed at 8-3.

Bedford, who is evidently utterly in the dark about gay rights in her own state, said that she questioned his honesty because,

"Why was he hiding it? It wouldn’t have made any difference."

Of course not. Because being gay doesn't have any detrimental impact on the lives of Arizona citizens.

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  1. Why do I look at her picture and hear pigeons cooing?

    Posted by: dearcomrade | Apr 3, 2014 7:45:14 PM

  2. All I can think of his Karen Walker's maid, Rosario.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Apr 3, 2014 7:56:49 PM

  3. This Cajero Bedford is a fool. Arizona seems to have a knack for electing these clueless idiots. Glad I am never going to live or visit there.

    Posted by: Howard B | Apr 3, 2014 7:57:07 PM

  4. She is a Democrat, let's not miss that point. Just wow, lady.

    Posted by: Stephen Rider | Apr 3, 2014 7:57:11 PM

  5. I act as I am; I don't want anyone else to act any more or any less gay or to "act" at all !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 3, 2014 7:57:28 PM

  6. 1) I DON'T act gay because I AM gay.

    2) How exactly do you ACT gay when you ARE gay? I don't even like the phrase "straight-acting".

    I am who I am and will be the person that I am. I am NOT a stereotype.

    Posted by: AggieCowboy | Apr 3, 2014 8:12:13 PM

  7. I think the democratic caucus should take a vote to disallow ms. Bedford from serving on ANY committees because she is clueless and an obvious idiot.

    Posted by: steve talbert | Apr 3, 2014 9:02:03 PM

  8. Is the lack of rain in Arizona the reason so many there are complete idiots?

    Posted by: Tre | Apr 3, 2014 9:08:57 PM

  9. This has got to be some kind of Arizona humor...right? It's related to over exposure to the rays of the sun then...right? Or is it that sign that you drive by when entering the state that says...
    "welcome to AZ...dumbass". And those qualified choose to take up permanent residence there and often run for public office.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Apr 3, 2014 9:16:36 PM

  10. Maybe, just maybe, she's not the first woman to desire a man and then finds out he's gay. "Gay? Get outa here! No way! Are you sure? So we're not going to be sleeping together?"

    Posted by: james st. james | Apr 3, 2014 9:24:52 PM


    And this is a perfect example of how they REALY feel about gay men. They are fine with us as playthings and sources of amusement and social accessories....but cannot bear the idea of us behaving like other men and being accepted and respected by other men.....because of the threat that poses to them.

    After all, if being homosexual and being accepted as a man by other men are no longer mutually exclusive, then what are women to do when men find freedom of emotional (and sexual) expression for each other......and independence from women in the process.

    There goes Little Woman's sole source of power in the world....and she knows it all too well.....

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 3, 2014 9:28:17 PM

  12. Now wait a minute, this happens to be my state senator here in Tucson. I've sat next to her at Wingspan dinners in years past. She is very pro-gay and a very good state senator.

    Yes, this was a really dumb thing to say. But over the years, both as a volunteer and later as a board member of Tucson Pride, I can tell you that the entire Democratic slate - everyone from state senators to Raul Grijalva (US Rep) and the county board of supervisors, has been at Pride and been a friend of the community.

    Posted by: Craig | Apr 3, 2014 11:40:49 PM

  13. Who is this late-Eighties Bulgarian-looking Barbarella?! Does she weld in her spare time, when not in the Legislature? Does everyone in Arizona sport multidimensional sunglasses?

    Posted by: JCTSF | Apr 4, 2014 12:30:56 AM

  14. IF it wouldn't have mattered if he had said he was gay why does it matter (to her) that he didn't? You can't have it both ways.

    Posted by: macguffin54 | Apr 4, 2014 3:38:23 AM

  15. Welcome back Rick.

    Posted by: Brian W. | Apr 4, 2014 7:24:02 AM

  16. Another Arizona idiot. They are in close competition with their ignorant Southern brothers and sisters.

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 4, 2014 7:48:59 AM

  17. Being that she's smart enough to be a Democrat in Arizona, she might be "educatable."

    Posted by: Gay Guy | Apr 4, 2014 7:54:26 AM

  18. if only jesus had acted more gay

    Posted by: JIM | Apr 4, 2014 10:29:18 AM

  19. There goes that that "women are not our friends" dingbat again who probably had mother issues!

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Apr 4, 2014 10:43:42 AM

  20. You guys should listen to Craig. After all she is his senator and he knows her personally. We have all had our boneheaded moments. If her record and support has always been as an ally then it is up Steve Gallardo to work this out with her. He is the one to say whether we should be offended or not. After all he is the victim here, right? She will have to work pretty hard to overcome this but she is not above redemption here. Lets all take a breath and see what happens.

    Posted by: Liam | Apr 4, 2014 10:45:44 AM

  21. "Why was he hiding it? It wouldn’t have made any difference."

    Obviously it DID make a difference because the vote to oust him was 8-3. There were at least 3 people who were, at the very least, uncomfortable with him being gay.

    I have always felt that coming out was a good, but personal, thing. Personally, as I see it, there are only two reasons not to come out - 1) because it truly is no ones business but your own and 2) to protect yourself from physical harm. For me, at least, others reasons for staying closeted are arbitrary and can ultimately do you more harm than good. That said, congratulations to Sen. Gallardo for having the courage to live his life openly as he, and every other human being, has every right to do.

    Posted by: ThomT | Apr 4, 2014 11:00:46 AM

  22. This woman is a one-person horror-flick.
    Ugh... talk about ugly on the outside AND the inside.


    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Apr 4, 2014 11:51:38 AM

  23. @THOMT Did it ever cross your mind that one or two of those 3 votes to remove him from his position had nothing to do with his sexuality but they never wanted him in that position to begin with (they had voted against him in the past) and this lady's idiotic comments and move for a vote allowed them to vote against him again?

    Posted by: Perry | Apr 4, 2014 12:36:22 PM

  24. "Does everyone in Arizona sport multidimensional sunglasses?"

    LMAO! I thought the same thing basically. Did she just come from a shooting range or chemical research lab?

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Apr 4, 2014 12:46:29 PM

  25. @PERRY - actually a very valid point and one that I did not consider. Thanks.

    Posted by: ThomT | Apr 4, 2014 2:05:20 PM

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