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The Tally Ho

Monday, February 14, 2005

Alan Keyes in the News

Conservative commentator Alan Keyes is back in the news, but not for a campaign.
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 says she was told to leave her father's apartment and not to expect any money toward attending Brown University, where she was admitted but deferred matriculation to spend a year teaching in southern India. "In my father's view, financing my college would be financing my politics, in a sense," Maya says, "because I plan to be an activist after college."

If you forgot some of the nonesense coming from the Keyes campaign, let me refresh your memory. Mr. Keyes called Mary Cheney, who is a lesbian, a "selfish hedonist." Marc Fisher's article made me away of the San Francisco based group The Point Foundation. They are an organization that helps provide scholarships for GLBT students, including students in the situation that Ms. Keyes is currently in. Here is the Point Foundation's press release regarding Ms. Keyes Academic Honrarium.


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