posted on Nov, 3 2006 @ 07:31 PM
hey there everybody. been a lurker around here for a long time, but this subject made me want to sign up and post.
i live in denver colorado, about a 30 min drive north of colorado springs where this man used to practice his ministry. i think i can give a little
extra insight into whats going on.
i am a proud and out gay man. i have listened and been sickened while this man and his followers have spewed their hatred across the country and
especially here where i have grown up and lived all of my life. i have also been following this story from almost the minute it went live on our
the environment here in colorado has been very volitale for a while when it comes to the homosexuality issue. althought our gay pride celebration is
one of the biggest in the country, there is also an overwhelming amount of oppression put forth by different political groups and sometimes its not
the safest place to be for a gay men. for those of you that remember, matt sheppard was killed just about 2 hours north of here. people like the
good pastor in question have only added to the problem, preaching hellfire and damnation about a community of people that in all reality would just
like to live their lives in peace and be afforded the same rights as anyone else. in my opinion, the only difference between his thousands of
parishoners and the westboro baptist church is the lack of a big sign that says 'god hates fags' and a few protests at iraq veterans funerals.
like another poster said earlier, i think that this is karma coming back to him. this is someone that was so obsessed and 'disgusted' by
homosexuality that it just turned out that the only really disgusting thing was himself.
i can confirm that the accuser is in fact an 'escort' and 'masseur' only because he advertises himself in a couple local gay newspapers in the
personal ads. i have in fact seen him out at a couple of the gay hotspots around town as well, although i don't know him personally at all. on a
local radio show this morning he said something to the effect of - why would i lie? i have nothing to gain by coming forward, and i have not asked
nor accepted any money for this, i just thought it was the right thing to do. and i wholeheartedly agree. as one of the several states with a
marriage amendment on the ballot this season, actually 2, i commend him for coming forward and showing the hypocrisy of the opposition. i just wish
that he wasn't a prostitute.
that's actually what i'm afraid of this whole situation, that the general public will have the impression that all gay men are prostitutes and
closeted preachers, or the already 'accepted' stereotype of style maven and hollywood fop. most gay men i know are average everyday joes who work,
sleep, eat just like everyone else. its a shame those gay templates never see the light of day in today's skewed media.
i hope that from this unfortunate situation we all learn to appreciate those people that are truthful and honest and good that go in and out of our
everyday lives no matter what creed, religion, or sexual orientation.
***while i was writing this post i just got a msg, one of my friends thinks that they also had relations with haggard and is thinking of coming
forward as well. stay tuned, and if he does i'll see if i can get anymore insight into whats going on***