By Robert Stacy McCain, American Spectator
A columnist for the Huffington Post site says it is homophobic to criticize gay men who use Internet sex sites to meet teenage partners and only "bigots" are offended by such "nurturing intergenerational bonds."
Publicity about a relationship between 39-year-old Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and 19-year-old British diving champion Tom Daley has inspired criticism even from some gay rights activists.
Joshua Epstein, a blogger who identifies himself as a gay progressive Democrat, reacted to the Black-Daley affair on Twitter: "He could be his father. Yuk." That reaction was condemned by Huffington Post columnist Michelangelo Signorile, who said only "internalized homophobia" could cause gays to criticize such relationships.
"There is an undercurrent in these comments — the 'chicken hawk' charge — that suggests that gay men are more likely to sexually abuse underage teens, the ugliest lie about gay men out there," Signorile wrote Friday in Huffington Post's "Gay Voices" section. "Hardcore homophobes are predictably pointing to Black and Daley as supposed proof. But many gay men too, so defensive about the charge and deathly fearful of how it's used, overcompensate by saying 'yuk.'"
Signorile specifically defended sites that promote "intergenerational" gay sex. "Some younger people are attracted to older people, and vice versa," he wrote. "There's even a gay website called Daddyhunt.
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