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Not The Samuel Adams That Was A Statesman But The Sam Adams Who Is The Gay Mayor Of Portland

Updated on January 29, 2009

Not The Samuel Adams That Was A Statesman, Not The Samuel Adams Who Makes Beer But The Sam Adams Who Is The Gay Mayor Of Portland – Don’t Get Me Started!

The statesman Samuel Adams was once quoted as saying, “Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.” Perhaps that’s the reason that Mayor Sam Adams of Portland, Oregon had sex with an eighteen or seventeen year old that he was “mentoring” back in 2005, denied it for years (getting the kid to lie too and say nothing happened) and now only in 2009 is admitting to the affair. I don’t know exactly why he did it. I only know that after a huge high over the whole Obama presidency starting and feeling so hopeful I’m once again slumping in my seat a little due to a politician. (Or is that squirming at the uncomfortable feeling that another gay seems to have been caught not being able to keep his pecker in his pants?) Not the Samuel Adams that was a statesman, not the Samuel Adams who makes beer but the Sam Adams who is the gay mayor of Portland – Don’t Get Me Started!

I’ll let you in on a little secret, through years and years of being told how we aren’t normal or that we were abominations to society, we gays have always secretly held the thought that we knew something that our straight counterparts who were condemning us to hell didn’t, that we gays were smarter, more attractive and somehow just…well, okay I’m going to say it…better. Maybe some will call this a defense mechanism or a coping method and maybe it’s both but I gotta tell you, when someone is screaming, “FAG!” at you it helps to know in your heart of hearts that you’re better than them. And so although we gays are not immune to wrong doing (look how we took a rainbow and slapped it on everything from bumper stickers to those tacky “wind socks”) because the gay community is truly a community, it’s sad when there’s wrong-doing among us. We all feel it.

Many would say that Adams is a politician and because of him being a politician he’s bound to have more than a few skeletons in his closet and because he’s a gay man I’m surprised that there haven’t been more paraded about (with or without feather boas) but I don’t want to believe that all politicians are corrupt. Especially right now when all most of us can afford is hope in our political leaders. I want to believe again in our leaders with this Obama Bunch coming into power so I will try not to think about this whole Adams mess and keep my optimism as high as the bow on Aretha Franklin’s hat on inauguration day!

What I will say is that if you’re a forty-five year old man and you want to have sex with an eighteen year old, seek therapy first. I get it, we’re all attracted to certain types or maybe it’s the pheromones that they always tell us about and try to stick in colognes for $49.95 on the Internet (that incidentally seem as though they would work as well as those X-Ray glasses we used to order out of the back of comic books when we were kids). But as that gay icon Peggy Lee used to sing, “Why don’t you do right, like some other men do?” Gay, Straight, French Canadian, no one should go into a relationship as a “mentor” and come out a lover. (Are you listening Rene Angelil, Celine Dion’s husband?) No one can convince me that this is healthy for anyone involved.

I hope that Beau Breedlove (Can you even believe that this is the name of the at-the-time eighteen or seventeen year old that Adams was having sex with? He wouldn’t have to change his name to go into gay porn, that’s for sure) I hope Beau is not damaged because of the relationship. I hope he doesn’t think that all gay elders would use their position as a mentor to get sex. I hope he isn’t jaded beyond his years (something, incidentally an ex of mine called me when I was a mere twenty-one) but more than anything I hope that neither he nor Adams get a book or movie deal out of this whole thing! (Well, at least not until I get one!) Not the Samuel Adams that was a statesman, not the Samuel Adams who makes beer but the Sam Adams who is the gay mayor of Portland – Don’t Get Me Started!

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      Gay George 8 years ago

      I wish that somebody like that used me for sex when I was that age. As a gay man, I needed to learn to have gay sex with a steady partner who was part of my life. Besides, I had a taste for "aged meat." Of course, I'm older than Sam Adams now. I'm in N.Y., but if Sam wants me, he can have me.