Sunday, February 22, 2009

17-Year-Old Gay Intern-Gate?

If it wasn't for this intriguingly complex Slate piece, I would have never gotten the chance to hear about Portland's lurid new gay mayor sex scandal. Behold:
Here in the great evergreen-and-gray metropolis of Portland, Ore., we like to think of our city as a thriving wonderland of forward thinking. We prefer our urban planning carefully considered, our light-rail and bicycle routes plentiful, our indie musicians erudite and inscrutable, and our movie theaters stocked with beer—progressive policies, all. So when we kicked off 2009 by swearing in Sam Adams, as the first openly gay mayor of a major American city, the occasion left a lot of us pretty pleased with our nonchalant open-mindedness: "Oh, did we just make civil rights history? Funny, we weren't even paying attention." But the back-patting didn't last long.
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Local real estate developer Bob Ball, also gay and a political rival, had planted a rumor to end all rumors within Portland's political set: Back in 2005, he alleged, the then-42-year-old Adams had entered into a clandestine sexual relationship with a 17-year-old legislative intern from Salem. The teen's name? (Cue Y&R opening theme ...) Beau Breedlove.
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The day after WW's revelation, Jan. 20, Adams hosted another press conference, this time to admit that he'd never really mentored Breedlove and that he had persuaded the teen to lie about their romance—even asked political consultant Mark Wiener to teach Breedlove how to speak to the media. (For the record: Yes, this gay sex scandal features a Breedlove, a Ball, and a Wiener.)
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Some have argued that if Breedlove were female, straight men would be high-fiving Adams, but this is preposterous. We'd understand the attraction—and when you peruse Breedlove's unbelievably porny Myspace pics, you can certainly see what was on Adams' mind—but we wouldn't excuse the behavior. "Yes, she's hot," we'd say, "but they call it jailbait for a reason. You don't touch underage girls, period." The male-male relationship brings a moral gray area that helps Adams.
And to think, Gavin Newsom, you thought you were progressive!

10 comments:

Herr Zrbo said...

This happened more than a month ago you know? Get with the times man, it's Chandra Levi revival-mania and post-Oscar buzz time. Gay Mayors, Blagojevich, that's like so January!

yoggoth said...

This case also involves the paternalistic notion that 17 year old girls are less likely to be able to handle sex than 17 year old boys. It's got everything but race.

If the intern, or perhaps more threateningly, the mayor, were Black, then you'd have the trifecta.

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