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Doesn’t Anybody Remember Gay Gerry Studds?

For some reason I just feel the need to remember that great Democrat Congressmen and gay rights pioneer Gerry Studds.

From Wikipedia:

Gerry Studds

Gerry Eastman Studds (born May 12, 1937) is a retired American politician, born in Mineola, New York. He served as a Democratic Congressman for Massachusetts from 1973 until 1996. He was the first openly homosexual member of the US Congress and, more generally, the first openly gay national politician in the US.

Congressional page sex scandal

Studds is remembered chiefly for his role in the Congressional page sex scandal in 1983, when he and Representative Dan Crane were censured by the House of Representatives for separate sexual relationships with a minor – in Studds’s case, a 1973 relationship with a 17-year-old male congressional page.

During the course of the House Ethics Committee’s investigation, Studds publicly acknowledged his homosexuality, a disclosure that, according to a Washington Post article, "apparently was not news to many of his constituents."

Studds stated in an address to the House, "It is not a simple task for any of us to meet adequately the obligations of either public or private life, let alone both, but these challenges are made substantially more complex when one is, as I am, both an elected public official and gay."

As the House read their censure of him, Studds turned his back and ignored them.

Later, at a press conference with the former page standing beside him, the two stated that what had happened between them was nobody’s business but their own.

Studds was re-elected five more terms after the censure

Maybe the change of season is just making me nostalgic. I’m also strangely reminded of that equally heroic Congressman Barney Frank:


I guess some Congressman are more equal than others.

Especially Democrats.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, October 1st, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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