Posted by schnolis on April 29th, 2009 filed in Reviews

OUTRAGESexual orientation plays an important role in our politics. Some of these have been hotly debated very recently, like gay rights and gay marriage. But because of religious and closed-minded opinions, there are few openly gay politicians working in Washington DC.  Only Barney Frank, a congressman from Massachusetts, comes to mind (and yes, he is interviewed several times in this documentary).  It would be logical to assume that there happen to be some closeted homosexual lawmakers. How do we know who they are? Can we tell by their voting record? Not necessarily. Sometimes these people oppose to the very measures proposed to help gays live safe and open lives. How should concerned citizens handle that?

Kirby Dick, the director of Outrage, thinks we should be outraged, and do something about it. And I think he’s right.  He highlights the mission of Michael Rogers–expose the hypocrites by outing them. Michael runs a site called BlogActive, which draws attention to the hypocrisy of elected officials who have been discovered having gay relationships while at the same time voting against gay rights. His stated aim is to get these lawmakers’ personal views out in the open to convince them to be more supportive of the cause.   Others contend the traditional media do not publish enough stories on this issue, and most people are sorrowfully under-informed.

Personally I don’t really understand why people are so opposed to gays specifically or homosexuality in general.  I don’t believe we can choose who we’re attracted to, and we should be free to engage in meaningful and recognized relationships with whomever we choose.  We should be protecting all people against discrimination, hate speech, and encouraging people to look past their differences.  The country will only benefit.  

I was lucky to see this interesting film at a special screening where Kirby Dick spoke to the audience and answered questions about the film.   He clarified his message that politicians who vote against homosexual rights issues perpetuate the false notion that there is some inherent wrongness in the position.  He implored us to tell our friends to come and see this film, in the hope that the more people who see it, the greater the consciousness of the issues of gay rights will be in our culture as a whole.  I couldn’t agree more.  See this important and well executed film.

What I liked: The simple and straightforward structure of the film.  Dick interviewed lots of people who have been working to expose the hypocrisy of elected officials.  Seeing the dismal voting record and how those seemingly simple decisions have far reaching consequences.

What I disliked: Some of the concepts weren’t especially well covered.  I think the question of how the major media doesn’t cover these issues enough was underrepresented in screen time.  I would have liked to see more data on what happened to officials’ voting patterns after they have been outed.  

Rating: 7 of 10

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