Matt Gouras, Associated Press, has done a profile of Cowgirl, citing my blog as having an “uncanny knack” for getting the inside scoop! Sorry for you GOPers who don’t know how to set up a blog to receive tips or use Google.
Under discussion in his piece–in fact the reason he wrote the piece–is the “controversy” about the “Man v. Man Purse” dueling photos. Gouras uses the article to ask rhetorically whether it “crossed the line” and said I was “under fire” from liberals (I guess one or two people qualifies as an entire movement for Gouras, but not to the rest of the world.) As my fellow blogger and activist ally D. Gregory Smith who blogs at From Eternity to Here and Bilerico.com says:
Cowgirl has never presented herself as anything other than an ally in the struggle for LGBT Montanan’s rights. She’s entitled to a little tongue-in-cheek humor as far as I’m concerned.
But whatever, the fact is that Jamee Greer is an amazing organizer. I’ve praised his work in the past and appreciated the kind words and information he’s provided to this blog time and again. I am sincerely sorry to offend him, and have greatly appreciated all the comments on my post on Roy Brown.
Given what Tea Party candidates around the state are doing and saying (in Whitefish they are hanging around with Militia members and Nazi apologists; in Bozeman they are calling gays beastialists, in Helena they are distorting the truth about health and tolerance, in Red Lodge they are making vulgar slurs, and the GOP platform calls for imprisoning gay citizens), I’m planning to continue to fight hate from here on out.
Actually, the most salient part of Man-Purse-gate is what happened a week after the photos were posted: a TV commercial aired, revealing that Roy Brown never hunted in Montana until he ran for Governor and went out and bought a hunting license to help his political career, posing for an idiotic photo with a bunch of dead geese, a la John Kerry in 2004. (See below.) So it potentially takes on more relevance now, and perhaps vindicates the original purpose in my talking about a man purse, which was that Roy is an urban landlord, not a rugged outdoorsman. Sexual orientation had nothing to do with it.
And as for the likelihood that Roy and his geese get the same front-page coverage as Kerry’s geese (Kerry’s goosegate was front page material in the days before the 2004 election), my guess is that the Gazette will not cover Roy’s goosegate at all, simply because this time it’s a Republican, not a Democrat, who is eating goose.