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OUT Magazine Responds (Sort Of) To The Major Controversy Of Naming Ken Mehlman To Its Top 100 List

Yesterday after OUT Magazine let it be known that it was naming ex-RNC Chair Ken Mehlman who in 2004, as Bush’s campaign manager, helped use gay marriage in order to get conservatives to the polls and made sure there were votes to outlaw gay marriage in 11 states to thier TOP 100  list he shit really hit the fan.

OUT Magazine scrambled to cover itself posting almost immediately in their POPNOGRAPHY section to state:

The Out100 recognizes the most compelling people of the year, so of course it’s going to include some notables that also spark controversy. Today we announced a few more names, including Ken Mehlman, who is being honored in the Out100. 

Out magazine also went to list Mehlman’s OUT 100 citation:

(Mehlman) the most influential Republican in history to identify as gay and went on to play a quietly instrumental role in winning support for marriage equality in New York State, lobbying politicians in Albany and raising money for New Yorkers for Marriage Equality. “As someone who came out late in life, I can attest to the fact that it gets better,” he says. “For a state as big and iconic as New York to be able to have accomplished marriage equality with a bipartisan approach was a momentous event, and one I was honored to play a small part in.”

Bryan Moylan of GAWKER Responds:

Now he’s out and proud and lobbying for gay marriage. Well, that is well and good, but shouldn’t he have been fighting for gay marriage, oh, I don’t know, when he was helping to run the Republican party? Shouldn’t he have cared how these votes were going to go before they happened rather than fighting to reverse them now that they have?

Thanks to Ken Mehlman, we need to fight even harder to achieve marriage equality in all 50 states. Good thing he’s going to help, because it’s going to take a lot of extra work to reach that goal, in part due to his handiwork.  At the time I was working at the Washington Blade the country’s oldest and largest gay newspaper and we tried like hell to find proof of the gay rumors so that we could out the bastard while he was still in power. We never got the chance, and he came out himself in 2010.

And judging by the comments left on OUT’s website controversy is going to be the least of their problems.

***This is truly sickening. Do you know how many LGBT lives Ken Mehlman destroyed and how many military careers he ended with his Bush/Cheney alliance? He was even involved in that sickening mailer with the Bible crossed out and a sillouhette of two gay men intended to inflame homophobic attacks and murders. Why aren’t Larry Craig and Ted Haggard on the list if nothing matters? – John Macon Brewster
***You have just rendered the “OUT 100” as something I can utterly ignore as meaningless. Here’s a little perspective for you: Frank Kameny, WWII vet, was an out gay man as of 1958, and this Harvard astrophysicist lost jobs because of it; in his senior years, he could barely keep a roof over his head, but when he died last month he was a gay civil rights legend. Ken Mehlman got wealthy leading the GOP to victory on the back of anti-gay ballot initiatives; when he belatedly came out in 2010, he bought himself a 3.775 million condo in Chelsea on his ill-gotten riches.  And you chose Mehlman.Christian Cooper
***A more complicated track record…” You’re kidding, right? Purposefully orchestrating anti-LGBT legislation on behalf of the Bush Administration for years? This has to be a joke. Internalized homophobia and self-hatred rear their ugly heads again. This time with the editors of OUT magazine. – Ian Jensen
And those are just a few of the nicer comments.
 
If Regent Media (which owns OUT) thinks it was in trouble before due to Bank of America suing it for fraud (alleging the company owes $90 million in unpaid loans instead of getting logbook loans from other places).  By the looks of this backlash it ain’t seen nothing yet. 
 
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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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