Skip to comments.Alan Keyes' daughter out of the closet and out of the house
Posted on 02/14/2005 9:46:45 AM PST by metalmanx2j
MARYLAND - Scheduled to speak at an Equality Maryland rally for gay rights today, Maya Keyes, 19, daughter of former Illinois Republican U.S. Senate candidate Alan Keyes, is speaking publicly for the first time about her sexuality and her soured relationship with her parents. Both Advocate.com and The Washington Post ran articles over the weekend wherein Maya Keyes discussed the situation.
Read Maya Keyes' interview with Advocate.com:
Maya Keyes ends speculation about her sexuality.
On Sunday, Marc Fisher of the Washington Post reported,
Maya Keyes loves her father and mother. She put off college and moved from the family home in Darnestown to Chicago to be with her dad on a grand adventure. Even though she disagrees with him on "almost everything" political, she worked hard for his quixotic and losing campaign for the U.S. Senate.
Now Maya Keyes -- liberal, lesbian and a little lost -- finds herself out on her own. She says her parents -- conservative commentator and perennial candidate Alan Keyes and his wife, Jocelyn -- threw her out of their house, refused to pay her college tuition and stopped speaking to her.
Maya, 19, says her parents cut her off because of who she is -- "a liberal queer." Tomorrow, she will take her private dispute with her dad into the open. She is scheduled to make her debut as a political animal, speaking at a rally in Annapolis sponsored by Equality Maryland, the state's gay rights lobby.
She plans to talk about "what it was like for me growing up as a liberal queer in a very conservative household. I've known so many other people in a position like mine, where their families really don't want much to do with them. Maybe I can help by talking about it."
The issue of Maya Keyes' sexuality came up during the 2004 U.S. Senate race in Illinois when Capitol Fax publisher Rich Miller discovered a blog apparently populated by Maya that discussed her family and her sexuality and included pictures of her kissing another girl. The story remained underground during the Senate campaign thanks in large measure to the campaign's unwillingness to confirm or deny that the blog was indeed Maya's.
According to Fisher's piece in the Washington Post, despite the fact that Maya has been kicked out of her home, a San Francisco-based charity, the Point Foundation, has stepped in to provide the money needed for Maya to begin her studies at Brown University.
Interestingly, Maya Keyes seems to harbor little ill will towards her father. Again, from the Washington Post,
Maya still sounds more sad than angry about her situation. "I wouldn't want to do anything to hurt my father," she says. Like other gay relatives of prominent conservatives, she has struggled with how public to be about her sexuality...Maya is looking for work, planning to move in with friends in Washington or a brother in Boston. She hopes to get back in touch with her mom and dad..."It all seems kind of ridiculous," she says, "because I love him. He's my father."
© 2005 IllinoisLeader.com
That is a bitter pill of irony for Keyes to swallow.
Too bad the DNC already picked their chair.....
How much did the gay crowd pay her?
She can commiserate with Ron Reagan.
Mentally ill degenerates hate being told they are mentally ill degenerates.
Especially when it is their parents that tell them so.
"I've known so many other people in a position like mine, where their families really don't want much to do with them. Maybe I can help by talking about it."
I hope the democraps trumpet her all over- nothing like and ignorant child bashing her parents, and another LIBERAL QUEER at that, to show what democraps are for.
There were rumors about this back during the campaign when Keyes denounced Mary Cheney during a campaign speech last fall.
That is a bitter pill of irony for Keyes to swallow.
My sympathy to Mr. Keys. As a father of two daughters, I know what he is feeling, especially with the political side added as well. Very sad.
So you think Mary Cheney is a mentally ill degenerate?
Par for the course. The lost is actually redundant after the first two.
Now she's going to be used and abused by the liberal/left/alternative media industrial machine (which is pretty much MSM now).
If she's lost now, wait til those parasites finish with her.
No doubt she's a closet libturd as well.
a liberal work? come on now.
Their house. Their rules. Kicking a rebellious 19 y/o out of the nest necessary sometimes.
Dick and Lynn Cheney handled the same situation with more grace and understanding. One would think that Alan Keyes and his wife might have picked up some pointers from them.
sickening comment...and ignorant.
"and included pictures of her kissing another girl"
"What, she can't work for her tuition?"
At 40K a year for tuition, I'm guessing not. I wonder if the Point Foundation will pay for me to go to a University that charges 40K a year. They should 'cause I sure as hell can't afford it.
Once again we have to point out the distinction between the disordered desire of homosexuality and acting on those desires, Keyes himself did this in his much maligned "hedonist" statement during his campaign. The story doesn't say but see that Keyes understands this difference I would surmise she was thrown out for acting on her disordered desires.
If she needs luggage, she can always borrow her dad's carpetbag.
If she's lost now, wait til those parasites finish with her."
How about a little compassion here? Alan Keyes should show a little compassion, if Dick Cheney can do it Keyes can.
I don't know the dynamics here anymore than the rest of you and I certainly don't know what I would do if I had a child that stated they were gay. I just hope that I could find a way to have relationship and not shut the door to communication.
Alan Keyes, his wife and daughter need to find a way to try and work out a way to at least speak and find some common ground.
Particularly because Keyes is under some sort of delusion that he has a political career.
See # 26
I think Alan Keyes just became a little lonelier and will miss his daughter and might live to regret his decision, but then again he is a politician...one part ego, one part stubborn, one part sociopath and one part image.
She is 19.
I wonder how many conservative political and religious leaders have had their children targeted for homosexual seduction.
I'm not seeing much 'hate the sin, love the sinner' sentiment here.
In any case, had you read the article, you would have realized that she could not have been more upfront about her political leanings. She flatly describes herself as "a liberal queer." Why are you so hostile to her?
Naturally, the ultra-homophobic (and I don't use that term lightly -- he's one of the very few with a real mental disorder on this topic) waited until after his political campaign was over to throw his daughter out and trigger the inevitable publicity over the fact that she's gay.
If either of my kids did this, they would get the boot too.
Reminds me of the Time Patti Davis appeared on Donahue to tout her book and tell the world what awful parents she had. It blew up in her face when people saw her for who she was - a whiny, spoiled brat.
Ummm...no. The Cheneys pretend that their daughter's destructive behavior isn't destructive. The Keys seem to be showing strength in the face of their daughters decision. I wish them well, many parents become enablers of their children's problems rather than a steadfast example of holding to principles that lead the way to life and happiness.
Parents miss their kids and most pray they made the right choice but I understand making kids have responsibility along with the rights they want. I think this young woman will be the one to regret her decision. Maybe not about her life style but about being IMO being used by people who really don't care about her to get to the person that does and to promote their agenda. If she had been average Joe Smiths daughter I doubt we would have even have heard of her.
You're a sweetheart.
She can always sue hep parents.
A valid point, at 19 she is just a young pup in a big world and she is definately being used by all sides.
How typically liberal.
This has to be heartbreaking for the Keyes family, and I mean all of them.
My hope is that God, in his great wisdom, will lead the Keyes family members to peace with Him and with one another.
I don't see this situation as an opportunity to bash anyone, and I prefer to let God do His job while I make every effort to do mine and rely on His mercy.
If anyone thinks that his own sin is less obnoxious than the sin of another, he is wrong and doesn't understand the nature of sin.
Thank you for your time.
What a loving household...
We only get one side of the story - Her's. Perhaps there is more to this than just being gay and liberal. Maybe she wants them to embrace her lifestyle IN THEIR HOME. Kids like this can be SOOO nice when the press is talking to them, then we we learn the real story we change our opinion of these kids from poor little, left out, abused child to whiney, didn't get their way, attempting to shake down the famous parents.
I personally believe there is much more to this story.