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Commentary: Am I a "bad lesbian" for watching the Sochi Olympics?

Over the weekend I was informed that I should change banks because I should not be using a Visa because Visa is a sponsor of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Also, I should never drink another Coke, eat at McDonalds ever again, use any products made by Dow and Panasonic, and I should get rid of all things Samsung – like my phone and my tablet.

For to not do these things – I was told – makes me a lesbian who doesn’t care about human rights. In plain terms – I’m a “bad lesbian.”


Where were these protesters when the Olympics were in Salt Lake City, Utah? Was there this cry for a boycott of all things having to do with the Olympics? Was there a cry for us to boycott our own Games? I mean, it was the Mormons, who dominate over the landscape of Utah, who pretty much funded Proposition 8 in California – you know the proposition that was so anti-gay that Russian President Vladimir Putin would have felt comfortable endorsing it.

Are these “bad lesbian” talkers on the streets in the states that don’t sanction gay marriage? Are they in Washington, DC banging on the doors of senators and lobbyists? Are they donating to Pride events and LGBT centers or donating their time to mentor someone who needs some love and guidance?

No, I don’t believe they are. From what I could tell, these gay people were just trolling online and spouting about what makes a “good gay” and demeaning those of us who have chosen to support the Americans in the Sochi 2014 Olympics, i.e. the “bad lesbians.”

I understand the cry for human rights – I totally get that. However, I don’t believe I’m a “bad lesbian” because I am sitting in my living room cheering for openly gay athletes from the U.S. and around the world, listening to openly gay American commentators while watching the Winter Olympics. I’m proud of them for having the courage of their convictions. I’m proud of them for their strength and their inner fortitude – and I believe they deserve my support. It’s actually my honor to be supporting them.

Yes, I get that the Russians are killing dogs and beating people and a myriad of other human-rights atrocities. I also get that Americans are beating and killing gay people, changing voting rights laws, and allowing restaurants and wedding caterers to refuse to “feed the faggots.” We have churches with doctrine that condemn our gay souls to hell, and politicians who would prefer we have no rights whatsoever.

Until all of these things change here in the United States of America, perhaps the whole “people in glass houses” thing might be in order.

SDGLN Contributor Barb Hamp Weicksel was born in 1952 in Pennsylvania and moved to California in the early 1980s, where she met her partner Susan. They've been together some 30 years and share the love of Susan's four children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her blog, Barb's Gift of Gab, can be found HERE.