Gays Vs. Immigrants?

In some quarters of the gay press, immigration-reform talk is not getting a warm welcome.

Here’s Jasmyne Cannick, writing for

It’s a slap in the face to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to take up the debate on whether to give people who are in this country illegally additional rights when we haven’t even given the people who are here legally all of their rights.

It’s a divisive position on the left.

Here’s Richard Kim, responding on The Nation’s blog.

Titled “Gays First, Then Illegals,” Cannick’s editorial spews the kind of xenophobic rhetoric now rarely heard outside of right-wing radio and white nativist circles — unless, of course, it’s coming from the mainstream gay press.

– Tom McGeveran

Gays Vs. Immigrants?