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Can someone tell the GOP that it’s 2011?!

…you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military… –Rick Perry

As a Tejano, I shouldn’t be surprised by many of the things that Perry says or does, but the last few months have even me scratching my head (and somewhat ashamed when friends remind me that he’s the Governor of Texas). I mean, how many dumb things can someone say and still expect to sit in the Oval Office (oh, never mind, I forgot about the Governor of Texas that preceded him)?

If you’re anything like the 685,000+ people who have made Rick Perry’s ‘Strong’ one of the most ‘Disliked’ videos (ever) on youtube, you probably also said something like, “Wait, did he really just say that?” after hearing his opening pitch. Personally, I was just dumbfounded that people are still this homophobic and heterosexist in 2011.

Aside from Perry, there’s also Rick Santorum who believes that same-sex marriage is partly to blame for the drop in marriage rates. Michele Bachmann is another candidate who, honestly, kind of scares me. To her, anyone that is not heterosexual suffers from some kind of sexual identity disorder. I kinda wish she could have repeated that to this eight-year-old kid.

I could go on about each GOP candidate and their views on LGBT issues, but I think you get the idea (Perry, Santorum, and Bachmann, sorry to have only picked on you all, wink). You could make a strong argument that there are more pressing issues that these candidates must tackle (like our economy, budget, Afghanistan, Iraq), should they find themselves in the Oval Office. Maybe a particular candidate isn’t the most understanding/tolerant of non-heterosexual sexual orientations, but that won’t necessarily make her/him a bad President, would it?

Maybe, maybe not.

Perhaps the most telling of all of this, is that it really has a lot to say about us as a society, and how much work we still have to do in regards to heterosexism. Imagine one of these candidates talking about race the way they do about sexuality (and yes I know they’re two completely different types of identities). None of them would still be in the running for the GOP Presidential nod, yet these candidates still have a chance. They are, after all, simply echoing what many in this country believe to be true.

As a young child, I was shocked when I first learned that there were once laws prohibiting a Black person from marrying a White person. Why the heck did the government care if two people from different races loved each other and wanted to marry? It just didn’t make sense to me at the time.

Decades from now, I think my kids will say the same about same-sex marriage. They may not believe me, but if they don’t, I’ll have plenty of articles and youtube videos from the 2012 Republican Presidential candidates as proof.


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. Great post – ever heard of the “escape goat” syndrome? diversionary tactics? anything but attack head on the real issues of education, infrastructure and vested interests , to name a few – and unfortunately the malaise is contaminating both, the GOP and the DEMS

  2. Some of the candidates have, in fact, shown their racist streak. Take a look at Ron Paul’s track record (see NY Times

    His cohort Jules Manson, recently called for the assassination of the (N-word) President along with his “Monkey” children. Newt Gingrich made a blanket statement about urban youth not having any role models that work and suggested we do away with child labor laws so we can have them clean schools and public facilities. And let’s not forget Herman Cain’s suggestion to electrocute Mexican immigrants at the borders. I would hope the GOP would be able to do better than this motley crew. But, judging from comments I’ve seen posted in some online news outlets, racism, homophobia, misogyny is alive and thriving. It’s very sad and frightening. The Age of Aquarius cannot come soon enough.

  3. Thank you for your comments. I do want to point out that I should not have necessarily lumped all GOP candidates in the same boat. Ron Paul’s views are different, but as you pointed out Olga he may share oppressive views in other spheres. Thank you for your comment!

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