The former Governor Jim McGreevey was on Oprah this week plugging his book "The Confession" that tells his story of being closeted. Despite my better judgement I watched the show and was very impressed with his depiction of how dangerous the closet can be and how our society needs to change it's attitude regarding GLBT citizens.
I am also angry. Having lived in NJ all my life I know there is a reason we are known as the most corrupt state in the union. Politicians of all stripes get away with outright graft, nepotism, pension dipping with no show jobs, and party loyalty over the citizen's welfare.
Just prior to his "I am a gay American" speech, our local media was covering a couple scandals of his administration. One was his blatant use of overseas personal trips that he charged to the tax payers. The other was his hiring of Golan Cipel as head of New Jersey's Homeland Security Department. A job Cipel was not even remotely qualified to obtain and given to him just after 9/11. It turns out Cipel was his alleged lover, Cipel denies there ever was a relationship and that McGreevey was sexually harrasing him.
The reason I am angry is because McGreevey didn't just come out because Cipel was going to out him, he came out because he was about to be thrown out of the Governor's mansion. Now he is seeking to profit from his terrible behavior with his book.
I also had to remove myself from our state's leading GLBT group for two reasons. The first being that they keep endorsing candidates that are publically against marriage equality and second they have embraced McGreevey as a role model, giving him a book release reception and embarrasingly gushing about him in our local papers.
The icing on the McGreevey cake was this quote:
opposed to gay marriage, former New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey now says he spoke out against the idea as a way to keep his homosexuality hidden.
"I did not want to be identified as being gay, and it was the safe place to be," McGreevey said Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press. "I wanted to embrace the antagonist. I wanted to be against it. That's the absurdity."
So in other words he has such a large ego that his political career was more important than safety and protection of millions of GLBT people.
I am happy he has found happiness and peace, but dammit where was he in 2004 when I had to fight motor vehicles for a license for Emilio because our Domestic Partnership is not honored while Marriage Licenses are valid as a form of ID". Where was he when we got our original deportation order and went to the Newark, NJ court for the first time?
Where was he when lesbians prior to Laurel Hester
could not protect their families before their untimely deaths?
I know where he was, he was out doing guys at rest stops as he so readily admits in his book. Too little, too late, too convenient, too greedy.