Like many, far too many people, I have lost a loved one to Covid-19. My grandmother came to visit her family a few weeks before she got sick, she was there to show off her new husband, her fifth, having survived the others. She was perky, sassy, and the happiest I’ve seen her. She greeted my husband and I with a wide smile and an enthusiastic hug. In her 80s, she had never let anything stop her, but she had never anticipated the power of government.
When she and her husband both tested positive, they were separated. She spent the next week alone, isolated from her family. Covid regulations kept her locked in a room, scared and crying to see her family one last time. She died before she was allowed a chance. Other Covid regulations prevented us from having a funeral for her. I had started to make her a quilt, but I couldn’t finish in time. All I could think of were all those pictures of older couples separated by plastic walls, just wanting to kiss.
Yet for two years we were all told that these cultural and family traditions were selfish and dangerous. As Paul Krugman smugly said in The New York Times in 2020, “What they call ‘freedom’ is actually the absence of responsibility. However, a rational pandemic policy is to take responsibility. The main reason you shouldn’t go to a bar and should wear a mask isn’t self-protection, although that is part of it; the point is that congregating in noisy, crowded spaces or exhaling droplets into the shared air puts others at risk. And that’s the kind of thing the American right hates, hates to hear.
Joel Mathis of The Week, quoting an unnamed woman responding to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., demanding people stay home, “‘I’ll do what I want’ – it could end up killing people .” He continued, “It’s his understanding that ‘America’ means doing whatever you want, even if it might hurt your neighbors. She is far from the only one to believe that the idea that animates this country is a kind of release from all responsibility towards our fellow citizens.
After insisting so much on the importance of personal sacrifice for the greater good, you would think that a new, highly contagious disease would be treated more seriously by the left. Instead, when the monkeypox crossed American shores, the left decided the rules no longer applied to them. Similar to how 1,000 medical professionals demanded that Black Lives Matter protests were worth the risk at the height of Covid, LGBT people decided that anonymous sex and fetish parades were more important than public safety.
California State Senator Scott Wiener, best known for reducing the criminal sentence for knowingly exposing others to HIV and advocating to prevent adults as young as 24 from being placed on the sex offender list if they sexually exploit a minor as young as 14, declared“A lot of sexual shame from gay men around monkeypox. The same shame we saw in the 1980s over HIV. Recommending people not to have sex is not a health strategy It didn’t stop HIV—it made it worse—and it won’t stop monkeypox. What will work is vaccination, testing, and education.
Encouraging his fellow San Francisco citizens to ignore the consequences of public sexual exploits, he rejoices proclaimed“Awesome @SFAIDSFound advice on monkeypox and fun. We can still have fun while reducing risk. Closing bathhouses in the 1980s didn’t reduce HIV. It was an epic blunder and pushed people into the shadows. Let’s not make the same instinctive mistake with MPX.
Jack Turban, assistant professor of child psychiatry at UC San Francisco, insisted“Monkeypox has serious physical symptoms, but we also need to focus on the impact on the mental health of the #queer community. Being gay is a healthy and normal part of human diversity. Sex is a healthy and normal part of life. Be proud of your community as we fight the virus. Sadly, far too many gay men seem determined to keep their self-esteem intact by prioritizing ‘pleasure’.
As the Daily Caller reported, a popular OnlyFans user with 98,000 followers on his adult Twitter put into perspective just how far this all can go. Amid a growing epidemic of monkeypox in the gay male community, he decided to attend two orgies in one weekend – engaging sexually with at least 20 and over 40 men – meeting three more strangers later in the evening and enjoying a four-way the next day before finding out he had been infected with the disease. If this sounds like an extreme example, keep in mind that the festival promoted by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation has been described as “Up Your Alley (aka Dore Alley), where you’ll stock up on hot hairy daddies, hungry piggies , BDSM babes and perverts of all kinds. Douchie has some great tips for a fun and dirty – anxiety-free weekend.
Without a shred of self-awareness, Senator Wiener gasped August 1, “The monkeypox outbreak is an emergency and we must use every tool at our disposal to control it. I am deeply grateful to @GavinNewsom for acknowledging the peril we face and thus declaring state of emergency This will help expand vaccinations, testing and other essential health strategies The New England Journal of Medicine has determined that 98% of cases were gay and bisexual men The World Health Organization health has urged gay and bisexual men to limit their sexual partners to deal with the rapid spread.
Despite the above reports indicating that 95% of cases were caused by sexual activity, LGBT people have gone from insisting that the disease is not a “gay disease” and complaining about the stigma and from homophobia to complaining indignantly that the government has not specifically protected homosexuals. because of sectarianism. CNN quoted Samuel Garrett-Pate of Equality California, demanding: “We have faced epidemics that have turned into crises that have turned into epidemics and pandemics that have had a disproportionate impact on our community in the past, and unfortunately, in the past, public health entities starting with the CDC and the FDA have not acted quickly enough or given these outbreaks and public health crises the urgency they demand.
During the Covid pandemic, everyone had to end their lives, at great sacrifice to their families and careers, lock themselves in, stay indoors and wear masks. Police raided Orthodox Jewish homes to stop services and arrested pastors for holding religious services, funerals were not allowed and the media, especially LGBT media, made fun of people because that they had died of Covid. People were accused of being murderers and dangers to society, and Wiener himself reprimanded the members of Congress for not wearing a mask.
Yet the most basic expectations of self-control and personal responsibility have been seen as outrageous homophobic bigotry. Unfortunately, this two-tier system could have serious consequences far beyond the spread among gay male populations. As the CDC points out, monkeypox is spread through close skin-to-skin contact and the exchange of bodily fluids, but also through dirty clothes and fluids from open wounds left on surfaces. As gay men spread the virus among their populations at startling rates, the chances of it escaping into the mainstream world through close contact in shops, crowded streets or buses are increasing.
We shut down the world for a virus that had no traceable transmission, it was entirely random. It’s really not asking too much of gay men to stop attending orgies and public sexual events for their ‘mental health’, ‘self-esteem’ and to continue ‘having fun’. This time around, truly selfish behavior endangers the rest of us, and we shouldn’t be ashamed to speak out.
Chad Felix Greene is a senior contributor to The Federalist. He is the author of the “Reasonably Gay: Essays and Arguments” series and is a social writer who focuses on truth in the media, conservative ideas and goals, and true equality before the law. You can follow him on Twitter @chadfelixg.