Being that his district includes much of the Gayborhood, Gregg Kravitz was spotted campaigning around SundayOUT at the Piazza this weekend with his girlfriend.
Kravitz made national headlines last week after his opponent, Rep. Babette Josephs, outed him as straight. We asked Kravitz, who says he is bisexual, about the bizarre allegations.
“She was saying some pretty inflammatory and false things about me,” he said. “But, it’s put a focus on our race, which is hopefully good, and it let me talk about the issues we care about, which is certainly not my sexuality.”
He continued: “I, as an openly bisexual am not responsible for proving my sexuality to my opponent or anyone else in that matter. I never brought up my sexuality as a qualification, and hope no one would vote for me based on who I am.”
Uh huh. Of course, no one voted for Obama based on the color of his skin.
Kravtiz did admit, however, that while on the campaign trail on some occasions, when speaking about LGBT rights, he did, perhaps, mention he was bisexual.
“It’s something private,” he says. “It’s not something I’ve hidden but it’s not something I’ve advertised.”
While he has no obligation to answer questions regarding his sexuality, the fact that he has already brought it up makes him vulnerable to attack from all sides, which could be damaging to his campaign.
Kravitz told PhillyNow that he’s been out since “probably college,” so we had to ask: Who do you prefer, guys or girls?
“As a bisexual man, I’m both attracted to men and women, and I’m very attracted to my girlfriend, she’s great,” he said. (His girlfriend, Leah Greenspoon, 28, was standing right there).
I can’t speak for the straight community, but in the LGBTQ community, bisexuals are not the most welcomed people. Gays often believe bisexuals are in a transition stage that will eventually result in complete homosexuality. Bisexuals typically have a preference of who they like being with. It’s like asking someone if they prefer chocolate or vanilla ice cream. Just about everyone is prejudiced to a particular taste.
So, I asked again if he has a preference of guys or girls, and again his declared his impartiality in an ambiguous-but-safe answer.
“…As far as I can remember I have always been attracted to both.”
Is Rep. Josephs onto something? We hope not. We don't have to tell you how wrong it is to exploit the people you seek to serve to gain the political edge.
If anything happens with it, let it be known that we've coined this one Erectiongate.
One candidate accuses the other of pretending to be gay for votes. How progressive!