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Six Reasons Why PETA’s Gay

Written by PETA | January 12, 2011

We know that you love to talk about how much you love PETA (we love you too!), but if some jealous type ever responds, “Dude, PETA’s soooo gay,” don’t get offended, ’cause it’s totally true! Here are a half-dozen reasons why: 

1.      Cruelty is a drag. Long before the current flock of RuPaul wannabes ruled the airwaves, PETA enlisted drag divas—including Lady Bunny, Lypsinka, and Flotilla DeBarge—to shed some light (and throw some shade) on animal abuse.

2.      Give a gal a break. PETA has always been a lesbian haven—from Ellen DeGeneres to k.d. lang to Sara Gilbert—even before they come out!

3.     
Can you make out our message? PETA’s famous make-out tours have not only been girl-on-girl but also guy-on-guy, because all vegetarians make better lovers—no matter whom you love.

4.     
Pride in our work. PETA’s Oakland office is a fixture in San Francisco’s legendary annual Pride Parade, but instead of tossing beads (which wouldn’t go with what you’re wearing, anyway), they toss literature about the benefits of a vegan diet.

5.     
You can hear a name drop. With apologies to Logo, our famous friends include the crème de la crème of the real gay A-list. (Reichen and Rodiney? Girl, please.) Perez Hilton, Martina Navratilova, Lance Bass, and Tim Gunn are just a few of the celebs whose love—of justice for animals—dare speak its name.

6.     
Closets are for clothes—as long as they’re not made from fur, leather, or wool. The staffs of PETA and the PETA Foundation include plenty of out-and-proud LGBT folks, from yours truly to PETA’s senior (but eternally young) V.P. of campaigns, Dan Mathews, who was named one of Out magazine’s “Power 50″ and whose exploits—including an attempt to turn leather men into pleather men—are detailed in his witty memoir, Committed.

Let’s face it: Animals don’t care whether people are GLBTQ or none of the above—they just need us to help them. To learn how, take a look at this.

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • Robert says:

    I am a gay vegan AND proud PETA member. In many ways, the gay rights movement is very similar to the animal rights movement. We need to stand up for the rights of ALL creatures. Thank you for posting this article.

  • Finger Gagged says:

    I was truly all for PETA before I saw the videos about girl-on-girl and guy-on-guy. I am all for helping animals, but now my money is going to others like ASPCA and local animal groups. PETA doesn’t have to carry it that far. I have a daughter who is 13 years old and I do not want her being subjected to PETA’s gays. I wouldn’t want her to see a man and a woman in underwear making out on the streets either! It’s just totally inappropriate. She WAS a PETA KID, not now. Geez people, grow up. We know it’s out there but we don’t need it in our faces from PETA. I am a believer that most people still like manners and respectability. PETA doesn’t care if my minor child is on the streets and sees this. Not cool PETA. Not everyone approves of this sheet!

  • Mark says:

    PETA should leave Michael Vick alone the man has served his punishment. Talk about unfair treatment, look how PETA hounds those who have made mistakes. I’m a vegetarian but seriously PETA, you won’t win over the mainstream by being annoying.

  • dianne says:

    I’m so thankful for all the good folks at PETA and their supporters for educating the public at large.  As a non-profit group that is dedicated to end the pain and suffering of animals they reach out to everyone.  It does not matter who you are or where you are from, you will always be welcome.  People who believe in the ethical treatment of animals also believe in the ethical treatment of all beings so they do not feel shame in being compared to anyone who is different when the common goal is to treat every living being with respect and dignity.

    Thank you PETA and those that support you for your dedication to the ethical treatment of animals and educating those that have yet to find out the horrific suffering animals are facing every second of every day.

  • Kate says:

    I love this story here because it represents two issues that are extremely important to me.  I may not have fur, but I love those who do, and I don’t believe that I’m fundamentally any better than they are.  As for gay rights, I have always been very passionate about this issue, and my girlfriend would be too if I had one.

  • Matt Perry says:

    Mind-boggling how people get so worked up when PETA openly admits to the crime of being LGB-friendly. This isnt an article about how PETA is reprioritizing their ‘agenda’ for the sake of other social minorities – it’s just a reminder about where PETA stands on the ‘issue.’ Simply put, there are still many people out there who look down on deviants of any kind, and are prone to attacking both animal rights as well as LGB activists in their lack of compassion for them. Regardless of the reason why, I can’t believe there are so many people who are just plain ‘disgusted’ to know that a compassionate organization like PETA is cool with gays. I mean, what the heck did you expect? And how come there are so many bigoted people on the site anyway??

  • Bronte J-G says:

    I do not expect PETA to hold itself hostage to my non-animal-rights-related moral choices, but neither do I expect the reverse.  A few years back my husband and I happily donated a large recreational vehicle to PETA for use in its work.  We are serious Catholics; the pro-gay “agenda,” however you choose to label it, does not merge with that.  Perhaps we’re simply learning a difficult lesson about whom one trusts with resources.  I hope not.  I hope that PETA stays, as lawyers would say, “on point.”  I can have godly love for gays without advocating the lifestyle.  Keep PETA on course: about animals.

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