A pair of gay rights activists posted photos of themselves flipping off the official portrait of President Ronald Reagan during a visit to the White House for its first-ever gay pride event.
They were reprimanded by the White House as well as the gay community.
“It’s not a gesture that I would use in the White House when representing our city and our community,” wrote Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Sega.
“I have friends who work in that building,” Segal explains. “I’m not going to do something that could embarrass them or that could somehow damage a campaign that is so important. ‘Be on your best behavior,’ my staff told me.’ I think they know me too well.”
The activists had traveled to the White House for Barack Obama’s first invitation to observe Gay Pride Month.
During the reception, two women were photographed making out on a couch under Reagan’s portrait and a transgender man dropped down on one knee and proposed to his partner.
The photos featuring surfaced online when Hart posted his photo on Facebook with the caption: “F— Reagan.”
Strauss posted hers without commentary.
Interestingly enough, Reagan was no enemy to the gay community. As governor of California, he was openly supportive of his Hollywood gay friends.
In the late 1970’s he wrote in his Los Angeles Herald-Examiner column that he opposed the California Briggs Initiative, a proposed ban on gay public school teachers.
Daughter Patti Davis wrote an article in the New York Times recalling her father talking about Rock Hudson’s homosexuality in an accepting and tolerant manner.
Many in the gay community still say that Reagan did nothing about AIDS.
Ronald Reagan and AIDS: Correcting the Record by Carl M. Cannon mentions:
Reagan first mentioned AIDS, in response to a question at a press conference, on Sept. 17, 1985. On Feb. 5, 1986, he made a surprise visit to the Department of Health and Human Services where he said, “One of our highest public health priorities is going to be continuing to find a cure for AIDS.” He also announced that he’d tasked Surgeon General C. Everett Koop to prepare a major report on the disease. Contrary to the prevailing wisdom, Reagan dragged Koop into AIDS policy, not the other way around.
The administration increased AIDS funding requests from $8 million in 1982 to $26.5 million in 1983, which Congress bumped to $44 million, a number that doubled every year thereafter during Reagan’s presidency.
Take that liberals!