Thursday, August 18, 2011

Here Comes the Bigot


Ronnie Polaneczky is tired of those homophobic "heterosexuals who give the rest of us straight people a bad name."

We gay people are tired of them, too, but I digress.

Polaneczky, a Philadelphia Daily News columnist, today told the story of Alix Genter, who visited Here Comes the Bride in Somers Point, N.J., last Saturday in search of a wedding dress.  Genter found a dress she liked, and asked the salon manager, Donna, if she could get it in a lighter-weight fabric.  Donna pledged to find out.

On Tuesday, Donna called the bride-to-be.  She made a report, all right, but not the one Genter was expecting.  Donna had examined Genter's paperwork, and discovered she'd crossed out the word "groom," replaced it with the word "partner," and written her partner's name.

Donna proceeded to turn into the kind of straight person for whom Polaneczky feels she should apologize.

"She said she wouldn't work with me because I'm gay," Genter told the columnist. "She also said that I came from a nice Jewish family, and that it was a shame I was gay. She said, 'There's right, and there's wrong. And this is wrong.'"

Donna also said Genter's plan to wed was "illegal" and "we do not participate in any illegal actions."

Except for discrimination, which is illegal in New Jersey.  Personally, I'd toss in a charge of felony self-righteousness.

Polaneczky talked to Donna, who accused Genter of "stirring up drama." Writing the word "partner" was a provocative action, in Donna's opinion, revealing a need "to show that she's different."

"They get that way," Donna told the columnist.  And who are "they"? Women who are tired of dealing with bossy men, and take up with women instead.

I'd apologize for her, too.