NY Dem Tom Suozzi Can Take His Cowardly Anti-Gay Centrism And Shove It

Democratic Rep. Thomas Suozzi from Long Island is running for governor of New York … as a Democrat. Yet, the sensible centrist thought he should express his support for Florida’s repulsive new “Don’t Say Gay” law.

Last week, Suozzi was a guest on the conservative radio show “Bernie & Sid in the Morning” on WABC. New York has only gained more Democratic voters over the past year, so New York Democrats have no compelling reason to cozy up to right-wingers. However, Suozzi bills himself a “common sense” Democrat, and presumably, it’s “common sense” to accept right-wing talking points about gross anti-gay legislation.

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Host Sid Rosenberg asked Suozzi: “I want to ask you about this Florida law, the Parental Rights Act, which prohibits teachers from talking sex, genitals, stuff like that, with kids kindergarten to third grade.”

Suozzi could’ve responded like an actual Democrat who’s read a newspaper in the past month or so, but instead he said: ““I think it’s a very reasonable law not to try to get kids in kindergarten to be talking about sex. I wish it wouldn’t become such a hot button issue where people are just attacking each other – it’s just common sense.”

Oh fuck you.


Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law is not reasonable. No one is reading the Kama Sutra to kindergartners. Republicans haven’t even tried to hide their true intent, which is to erase queer existence from schools. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton declared in March that Austin schools’ annual Pride Week celebration broke state law. The Pride week themes included “knowing your rights, creative expression and Pride history.” Pride, ally stickers, and flags are handed out, not dildos.

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Early this month, Ohio author Jason Tharp was scheduled to read kids his book, It’s Okay to Be A Unicorn!at an elementary school in the Buckeye Valley Local School District, north of Columbus, but the principal informed him that the reading was canceled after a single parent complained.

From the Washington Post:

“I just straight up asked him, ‘Does somebody think I made a gay book?’ ” Tharp said. “And he said, ‘Yes. … The concern is that you’re coming with an agenda to recruit kids to become gay.’ ”

It’s Okay to Be a Unicorn! is about Cornelius, a unicorn who hides his true identity because he lives in a horse-dominated society that doesn’t like unicorns. He eventually reveals his true self and is accepted by everyone. This is certainly a queer theme, but no less so than “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

Conservatives are so overtly evil now they oppose standard Saturday morning cartoon morals. Mr. Rogers said he liked kids just the way they are, but conservatives beg to differ. They don’t think it’s okay to be different. You’d think even “common-sense” centrist Democrats could openly attack the GOP’s pro-bullying platform.

Suozzi, of course, assures us he loves the gays: “I’m very much in favor of equal rights, I’m very much in favor of treating gay people fairly and treating them like the human beings they are.”

If that were true, he wouldn’t consider Florida’s anti-gay legislation “reasonable.” He might’ve spoken to a gay person for a few minutes and gotten their opinion before helping spread GOP groomer rhetoric.

Suozzi laments that “people are just attacking each other,” but teachers and the LGBTQ community didn’t pick this fight. We elect Democrats to defend marginalized groups not toss them under the GOP steamroller for short-term political gain. Suozzi can go fuck himself.

[City and State NY/ Washington Post]

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