Tribeca film targets hypocrisy in U.S. gay politics
By Edith Honan
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A documentary called "Outrage" argues that closeted homosexual U.S. politicians who vote against the interests of gays and lesbians should be "outed" because their hypocrisy has slowed the progress of gay rights.
Written and directed by Kirby Dick, the film relies on interviews with people who claim to have had gay relationships with politicians who vote against gay marriage, hate crime legislation, gays in the military, and funding for HIV/AIDS research.
"Outrage" premiered at this week's Tribeca Film Festival in New York and opens on May 8 in select U.S. cities.
"My film is not about outing gay politicians. It is about reporting on hypocrisy," Dick told Reuters. "When a politician is in the closet and voting anti-gay with a very consistent record, he's acting hypocritically and I think it's completely appropriate for me to report on that."
"Outrage" follows journalists like Michael Rogers of BlogActive.com, who has made a name for himself digging up information about the sexual preferences of politicians who he says vote against the interests of gay people.
"I'm going to tell people who these terrible traitors are - and they are traitors to their people, I believe that," Rogers says in "Outrage."
'PROTECT THE CLOSET'
Dick said the film took three years to make and that he researched rumors relating to about 30 male and female politicians. The six politicians targeted in the film, all male, include a governor, a former mayor and a U.S. congressman. Continued...