Grant Robertson, Prime Minister? – Being Gay

Grant Robertson

The most likely and strident criticism of Grant Robertson is he is gay. Social conservatives will be up in arms that a gay man could lead our country, as if it is some sort of insult to our nationhood.

Political pundits will wonder if New Zealand is ready for a gay Prime Minister, and question whether Chris Trotter’s Waitakere Man is willing to vote for a homosexual.

Grant’s sexuality may cost him some small number of votes, but it will not be as important as the team of people he leads, the financial strength of the Labour Party, and the policies they take into an election campaign. Grant has been careful not to associate himself too closely with gay issues or identity politics, so he won’t be able to be linked to drag queens or poofters prancing in Ponsonby. 

Gay culture has moved on, as explained by Andrew Sullivan’s excellent article, “The End of Gay Culture” from 2005.

The flamboyant gay or butch lesbian of the past is a stereotype of a bygone era. Gays come out earlier, are no longer as isolated in their own community, and most straight people know gays & lesbians to be good people who are attracted to the same sex rather than the opposite sex.

As time goes on gayness will be less important for politicians, so while being gay may count against Grant it is probably not enough to stop him from being Prime Minister.

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