Another Politician Who Plays

October 15, 2009 -

Congressman Jared Polis (D) represents the Second Congressional District of Colorado, is the first openly gay male to be elected to Congress as a freshman and is, apparently, also a gamer.

A series of articles for CNN detail the trials and travails of Polis during his first term in Washington. The Congressman’s partner, Marlon Reiss, penned the most recent entry into the series, in which he details the life of a Congressional spouse, noting the types of activities the couple like to do in their free time:

We take time, when we have it, to enjoy dinners together, to play video games, to walk our new puppy and to celebrate life's happy moments.

We have an inquiry in with the Congressman’s office to see if we can find out what titles, platforms and/or specific games he plays.


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Just being openly gay AT ALL in the US today is a risky move. Grats to him.

Though since he games too, to a certain someone he must be satan incarnate andn eeds to be removed from office imemdiately.

Now if we coudl ever have an openly gay president or even a Native American president, well, nevermind, snowball's chance in hell.

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An Openly Gay president has the same chance of being elected as an Openly Athiest President.. That chance being ZERO.. Too many bigoted religious fundies and socially conservative douchcows in this country.. Would be nice, though..

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Douchecows?

That's a new one.

 

Andrew Eisen

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I can't claim responsibility for that one, either.. I first heard it from one of my best High school friends a few years back.. He's always been one to create new ways of insulting people. Always a fun guy to hang around, and he's probably one of the reasons I started paying as close attention as I do to politics.

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Reminds me of a comedy TV shows I used to watch. Since the show was marketed toward teenagers (although adults can find their share of jokes aimed at them), the characthers weren't allowed to swear. So, one of the character stated that his hobby when he was losing his temper was inventing new swear words (although it's obvious he was making them up at the moment). Some were hilarious.

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Are you kidding me?  There's nothing wrong with being openly gay in America.  Jesus, you'd think we lynched gays in the street or something.

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Have you SEEN the way some folks treat gays? You may very well get lynched for being gay in some places..

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SOME folks is not ALL folks.  I've never seen anyone gay in my company mistreated in any way.  I've taken gay friends with me everywhere from a football game to a rifle range, and they never had a problem.  I think a lot of this poor treatment of gays is in people's head.  Sure, they sometimes get screwed over by people, but not nearly as often as you seem to think.

The places that I've seen the WORST treatment of gays were in poor communities, both urban and rural, although mostly urban.  

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It's not like gays are being beaten every time they turn a corner, but the GBLT community as a whole are still treated like second class citizens in America. They are shunned, frowned upon, and mistreated, and talked down to, and called derogatory names constantly. And yes, more often than the norm, they are victims of violent crime. I can't tell you the number of times I've heard people muttering the "f" word when they pass my buddy and his boyfriend.

Acting like it doesn't exist is just perpetuating the problem. Homophobia is as real and present as racism is in America, and people need to wake up to that fact.

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You know who else is called derogatory names constantly?  Every other group in the country.  People shun and frown upon, mistreat, and insult all kinds of people in America; the fact that it happens to the GLBT community isn't anything special. 

You know what else doesn't help the problem?  The fact that, just like with racism, it's blown completely out of proportion by people trying to make a name for themselves or a quick buck (like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton), so when there is an actual incidence of a hate crime or mistreatment due to being gay, nobody cares because they're already so desensitized to the whole thing.

It also doesn't help when groups related to the GLBT community are involved in things like that ad campaign to stop people saying 'that's so gay'.  I realize that it's a pretty slim minority that backed that whole ad campaign, but it's still ridiculous, and once again, it makes people care even less.

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I agree with the Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton Comment.. With the number of people crying "RACISM!" every chance they get, it does obscure true occurences. I'm sure the same thing is true with Homophobia as well. That doesn't, however, change the fact that it does happen, and that it can be a tough, tough choice to decide to "come out of the closet." (I've always hated that phrase..) You aren't sure how your friends and family will react, and once you do out yourself, you can never take that back..

Thats actually why I've never told anyone who actually knows me, except for my girlfriend and a few really close friends of mine that I am Bi. I'm cool saying it here, since I don't know any of you personally, but I don't think I'll ever be able to come out to those close to me, because I highly, HIGHLY doubt that they will react very favorably..

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No offense, but I think a lot of people who are GLBT have a good idea of how their parents will react (or at least think they do), which, in some cases, is why they don't come out for a long time to their family.  Friends, they probably have a little less of an idea how they'll react, except for close friends.

For a great example, a relative of mine decided he would come out to the family at Thanksgiving.  He got just the reaction he expected: some looked at him for a moment, and then we all went back to eating.

And I really think our media needs to not give so much attention to Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.  Remember when Michael Richards went on his 'nigger' rampage during his comedy routine? How the fuck does his apologizing to Jesse Jackson make it better?  I think it was said best in South Park: Jesse Jackson is not the emperor of black people.  And every time they give them another 15 minutes of fame, it does nothing positive.  That, and I always found it hilarious that Jackson, a known racist and liar, seems to believe that he is the emperor of black people.

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Screw the video gaming... I'd congratulate him on being the first openly gay male to be elected to congress. It gives me hope that the Religious Fundies are continuing to lose control of America, and that, eventually, they become an insignificant minority in this country. We need more gays (and athiests, for that matter) in our government.

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I thought Barney Frank kept claiming to be the first openly gay congressman? And wasn't that a lie anyway, as there was someone else elected to congress before Frank who was also gay? 

I'm pretty sure that this guy isn't the first openly gay person in congress.  He may be the first person to be openly gay WHEN HE WAS FIRST ELECTED to congress, but I know he's not the first openly gay person in congress.

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Now that you mention it, I had heard something like that.. Maybe he was the first to be elected while openly gay, like you said.. Either way, kudos to him. Like I said, we need more GBLT folks in congress.

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That link doesn't link to anywhere.

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I want to take that bet, but you're probably correct.

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£10 says it's the ever-so-trendy Wii.

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NatirI'm not arguing anything about sexism and harassment in the workplace... What are you talking about?07/28/2015 - 5:04pm
Andrew EisenYes, you've linked that several times and several times I've explained why that list isn't exactly what it says it is nor is it reflective of the actual criticism.07/28/2015 - 5:04pm
Mattsworknamehttp://www.giantbomb.com/female-protagonists/3015-2287/games/07/28/2015 - 5:01pm
MattsworknameFor the record, here is a list of games with female protagnists from they year 2014, as per giant bomb.07/28/2015 - 5:01pm
Mattsworknameandrew, I think natir may have ment a differnet point. I don't think he was aruging the workplace side, I think he was aruging the diversity in the games themselves, maybe.07/28/2015 - 5:01pm
Andrew EisenAnd I'll repeat this as many times as it needs repeating: no one (except maybe some random, anonymous numb nuts on Twitter) is calling anyone a misogynist simply for disagreeing with Sarkeesian and her ilk.07/28/2015 - 5:01pm
Andrew EisenNatir - What lie? What movement? What does that snide quote have to do with anything?07/28/2015 - 5:00pm
Andrew EisenMatt - Completely disagree. Any thinking person can see that just like with gamers, the most toxic elements, while the most attention getting, are not the majority or representative of the whole.07/28/2015 - 4:59pm
Andrew EisenNatir - Harassment and sexism in the workplace is true. It's been extensively observed and documented. That doesn't mean everything is bad. But that all doesn't mean shining a light on it to try and make it even better is an undesirable move either.07/28/2015 - 4:57pm
NatirThe movement they started is based on a complete lie and that is the real problem. Most people don't realize or those that do, ignore it because of the reprisal they get for disagreeing. You disagree with them and call them out? You are misogynistic now.07/28/2015 - 4:57pm
NatirHere is a good quote from the wordpress site: "Zoe Quinn with her little twine game commands the attention to be in documentaries, to be quoted on Kotaku, as Anita Sarkeesian is claimed to be one of the 100 most influential people in the world."07/28/2015 - 4:55pm
MattsworknameAndrew: its very true what you say, but with Feminism, the toxic fringe has become the main stream face of the movment, to the point where the US rep to the un on womens issues has called feminism a toxic word.07/28/2015 - 4:55pm
Natirdirectly related to games and politics.07/28/2015 - 4:53pm
NatirThe point is that these women do very little for the gaming industry but paint it to be a very bad place. From just constant harassment from (male) gamers to just sexism in the workplace. Stuff that just isn't true. Take a look for yourself since this is07/28/2015 - 4:53pm
Andrew EisenMatt - Every group has its jerk faces. Especially groups like feminists that are so large they encompass the vast majority of the population.07/28/2015 - 4:47pm
Andrew EisenAnd I don't get the sense many if any take anyone's thoughts at face value. They seem to be listening to what they have to say, evaluating what they heard, agreeing or disagreeing and acting accordingly. Or just outright ignoring them in the first place07/28/2015 - 4:44pm
Mattsworknametoxic to it's economy07/28/2015 - 4:42pm
MattsworknameWow, im out for a day and some cool discussion happens. On the subject brought up by Natir, I think modern feminism has be come toxic, at least in it's radicalized form ,much te same as I feel about how unions went from improtant things in the us to being07/28/2015 - 4:42pm
Andrew EisenI don't know about anyone else but I'm not comfortable forming an opinion let alone drawing a conclusion without having seen even one of the allegedly harassing tweets.07/28/2015 - 4:41pm
NatirI just find it baffling that the gaming industry as a general whole take what those women say at face value... On the Canadian man story, I don't think he will be charged but I think the women will be charged with something.07/28/2015 - 4:30pm
 

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