Punk rock icon Henry Rollins is endorsing same-sex marriage in a new editorial.
The former Black Flag frontman-turned-television host and actor has penned a lengthy blog for LA Weekly, in which he not only praises Washington state's recent same-sex marriage victory, but adds that the nation's stance on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is "getting better all the time."
Still, Rollins sees substantial room for improvement. He writes:
"Marriage equality is a term so ridiculous on its face that when you hear it mentioned, you would think you were in Riyadh. Years from now, perhaps we can lose the equality part, the same-sex part and call it what it is -- marriage. As much as the homophobes, an ever-thinning herd, whines and screeches, the earth is shifting underneath their feet and things are getting better all the time. This is going to be an incredible century. Didn't get off to a very good start but we are making some bold and exciting strides forward."
He goes on to note:
"When we all got into punk rock, we learned that we had all kinds of people in our scene; gay was part of it. I thought it was really cool. We were a crew of social misfits of all stripes and it was the music that brought us together. The fact that there were so many gay people in punk bands, I think, really gave the music an incredible dynamic. Frustration and emotion were expressed without orientation clauses; all you needed was to be was alive to be a part of it."
Saying he "appreciates and admires the day-to-day courage of the gay people I have encountered in the music world and elsewhere," he adds, "I have never been put in the position of having to 'stand up' for my heterosexuality."
You can read the blog in full here.
It isn't the first time the 51-year-old Rollins has weighed in on the issues of same-sex marriage and LGBT rights. Earlier this year, he produced a video criticizing the actions of anti-gay marriage groups (watch the video above).
My goodness, I'm feeling rather ... moist down there...
R5 Exactly what I was thinking.
I truly wish I could marry his crazy ass
HE used to be pretty hot but he looks too old now..his lips have disappeared like my grandpa's.
[quote]HE used to be pretty hot but he looks too old now..his lips have disappeared like my grandpa's.
Yeah, his looks took a HUGE dive within just the last 3 years.
Henry's tattoos were of the unregulated type, meaning the inks were not of high quality.
Unfortunately, many of these inks contain arsenic and other poisonous toxins.
These toxic inks are very aging to the body.
Why is he so obsessed with gays? He's been this way for decades now. Is he gay?
I've had a crush on him since I teenager. Smart, sexy and built like brick shithouse.
i saw him in a restaurant once, sucking meat off the bone. don't think i've ever seen anything more erotic.
Wow, R11, I never knew about that. Talk about an insidious and subtle side effect that you wouldn't expect.
Cool guy. Cool message.
r13, no he's just a liberal. It's annoying how people can't accept that a straight guy might be enthusiastically pro-gay. If you want further explanation as to why though, I remember seeing him on a show talking about having an abusive right-wing father, who among other things, like to call him a fag. He probably hates his father and set out to be the exact opposite of him.
I never heard of this guy until this thread. He is very handsome! So he is gay? There are so many pissed off people on his IMBD message board who said he is 100% straight ,and he is just pro gay rights that's all? So what is the truth?
R18, someone on IMBD said that he is 52 and he has never been married so do the math? So the guy being a homo is bull then? I'm just asking.
I think it's insulting to gays to assume any pro-gay straight guy is secretly gay. There's nothing complicated about the concept of equality, it's one of the bedrock principles of liberalism. So why does someone have to be gay to see it as an important issue?
r20, part of the math is he's always been outspokenly pro-gay since the 90s. Henry clearly sees nothing wrong with being gay, so if he were gay, why wouldn't he just come out? Musicians have been coming out many decades now, starting with Elton in 1976. KD Land and Melissa Etheridge had the biggest albums of the careers after coming out. It's very clear that he would come out if he were gay.
He is outspoken about this subject but also about many other things. Since he left Black Flag he has been very political and does spoken word tours.
Gotta love him.
I came of age during the early punk movement. It was quite a refuge.
He clearly gets by on sex appeal because his so-called songs and writing suck.
I could happily spend the rest of my life with Henry Rollins' cock down my throat.
It's the civil rights issue of our time, and Rollins is on the right side and has been for some time. I think he may well be another straight ally who knows history will regard his actions well.
Either way, I'd happily take any appendage he has in any hole I've got.
[quote]I think it's insulting to gays to assume any pro-gay straight guy is secretly gay.
Sorry, but no. I don't claim all straight guys who support gays must be gay themselves. This is merely a critique of Henry. He's over the top with it.
How can someone be "over the top" with support for civil rights??
You sound dumb.
I don't think he's gay. He's from a dysfunctional Jewish family & I have heard he's stalkerish towards women, or was when he was younger.