11:27 PM 02/09/2019 | Media
Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
The Washington Blade placed a photo of the South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham on the cover of this week's edition, along with a cover article entitled "Meet the most appropriate LGBT singles from Meet D.C."
The article, which was published online on Wednesday, listed 20 eligible singles from various genders and orientations that were nominated by readers. Graham was not mentioned at all in the play, although President Donald Trump rated two listings of the marked singles – one of the interested readers said that Trump voters do not have to apply.
The article promoted the article several times on Twitter, and Graham's face did not appear in that photo – instead it displayed a collage of photos of the eligible singles.
Meet the most suitable LGBT singles from D.C. https://t.co/NjI3k6BiA5
– Washington Blade (@WashBlade) February 6, 2019
But the actual newspapers circulating in the streets of Washington D.C. had a very different view.
There was a sub-heading that read "Sen. Lindsey Graham did not quite make the cut," but did not clarify that the article about Graham was completely separate from the article about the eligible singles.
Graham was actually mentioned in another piece, published on Saturday, entitled: "Is it homophobic to speculate about the sexuality of a politician?"
In that article author James Wellemeyer asked whether or not it is ethical to "get out" politicians – and seemed to land on the statement that, as long as the person "did not hurt the LGBT community", it probably would not be very nice is to "Out" them as a political tactic.
Outing as a political tactic and as a general practice remain controversial. Most agree that revealing the sexual orientation of a person who has not harmed the LGBT community is unethical. In some cases, outing can even expose LGBT people to physical danger.
However, his ethics seemed hard to take when it came to people who do not offer political support for LGBT issues. "But the question becomes more complicated when the discussion concentrates on powerful politicians who have pushed anti-gay agendas," he said.
The name of Graham was mentioned in the article because a number of people – from Bill Maher to Chelsea Handler – have openly speculated about his sexual orientation and whether he is now supporting the president's agenda for fear. (RECOGNIZING: Lindsey Graham says that Chelsea Handler's comments on his sexuality do not help the country)
– Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) October 11, 2018
No one on the left despises Lindsey Graham for whatever his lifestyle choices are. But recent behavior raises the issue of motive. If he is hacked because of personal choices that he is ashamed of and therefore takes action that undermines our laws, we need to know.
– Ken Olin (@ kenolin1) January 11, 2019
Lindsay Graham says he will investigate Hillary if he becomes a judiciary. Graham's recent erratic behavior with regard to Trump suggests that he has personally been compromised in some way. Maybe we should also do an investigation.
– John Aravosis (@aravosis) November 15, 2018
Not getting enough attention for his impact during Barr and what the next is: Grassley quietly resigned as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Trump, the extreme loyalist Lindsey Graham, many of whom think is affected, came in.
– Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) 15 January 2019
I can not even imagine what they have on Graham.
Senator Lindsey Graham in 2015:
"Donald Trump is a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigotry."
– Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) January 13, 2019
Freshman Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar also tweeted her concern that Graham was in danger – and struggled to defend the tweet during a CNN interview.
Rep. Omar about her homophobic insinuation that Graham is blackmailed:
Omar: he has been compromised in one way or another
CNN: based on what evidence?
Omar: The evidence that is present to us
CNN: That's your opinion
Omar: an opinion based on what I believe is visible to me. Americans agree on this pic.twitter.com/wLL8dZUlkH
– Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 17, 2019
Graham told TMZ, following Handler's tweet last year, that "as far as it matters, I am not gay." He also pointed out that Handler could say anything she wanted. "It is a free country."
Neither Graham's office nor the Washington Blade responded to requests for comments at the time of publication.