Proud to be a Republican

Sep 13, 2008 | Posted by: StevenFL | Full story: www.washblade.com

JUST OVER TWO years ago in the Huffington Post, left-wing journalist and screenwriter Gene Stone asked why “any gay man or woman” would join the GOP, “a party that has stated, over and over, as clearly as can be, without equivocation, that he or she is not welcome.” Stone’s piece was little more than an angry and inaccurate diatribe, attempting to show that it was “worse than self-loathing,” it was “just plain moronic” for gay people to embrace the Republican Party. His article, like so much of the criticism leveled against gay Republicans, did not reference any specific action by the GOP excluding gays. He didn’t even identify any actual gay or lesbian individuals who had had adverse experiences with the Party of Lincoln. Familiar with such ill-informed attacks on gay Republicans like myself, I decided last week that when I went to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, I would make a point of referencing my blog, GayPatriot, whenever I introduced myself to a participant. As the blog is part of Pajamas Media, a consortium of mostly right-of-center web sites, I would interact with a great variety of conservative (and libertarian) bloggers covering the convention. .

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Len

Kinston, NC

#1 Sep 13, 2008
LCR is an oxymoron group. Self loathing and of little social value. Not surprised to see this trife in the Washington Blade either. Not a publication I support or read. Why bother I can get the Wall Street Journal if I want this mess.
Dave

Columbus, OH

#2 Sep 13, 2008
It seems like internalized homophobia to me. Why anyone would support the politics of an organization with a base platform to discriminate against them is beyond me.

Throughout history, there have been "sympathizers" and those who support discrimination, prejudice, hatred, and harassment of 'their own kind.' The Log Cabin Republicans are the same group of sympathizers.

Shame, Shame, Shame.
Ralph

Saint Louis, MO

#3 Sep 13, 2008
Let me state before I make my statement on the topic, I am a conservative gay independent.

It is my hope that the LCRs are true conservatives, and that they believe in the freedom of the individual, and less government. They are being true to their belief, if what they are doing is fighting for change in the Republican Party. I think they are bailing the water out of the boat with a spoon, and forgetting to plug the gaping hole in it, but that is their right, and I hope they succeed against the odds.

“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#4 Sep 13, 2008
Myself personally, I have conservative and liberal ideas, so I sorta of see both sides of the spectrum, so that makes me independent.

At this time, I have decided to vote for Obama. I take my vote quite seriously and living in a known swing state, my vote means a lot more.

A clear distinction with me is that I have varied opinions on all sorts of things and I do not vote for a candidate based on political affiliation alone.

When I read this article and saw what the individual's opinion was, I respected it. Just because I respect an opinion does not mean I will agree with it. I have voted for a republican and I have voted for democrats. Political parties do not make a hill of beans with me.

I also know that gay republicans exist, especially in the deep south. Even though the estimate has been used that 1 in 4 gay people are republican, that is probably greater in some of the deep south cities I resided in. There is a lot more of them out there.

Don't get me wrong, gay issues are important to me. I tend to believe that the LCR weighs these items, but I think they are viewing a wide spectrum of items.

The LCR also endorsed McCain over Bush in 2000. I remember this quite vividly, so for the republican, gay crowd, their endorse of McCain as president came to no surprise to me.

Since: Dec 06

Rockford, IL

#5 Sep 13, 2008
Sorry, but I agree wholeheartedly that ANY gay person who votes republican is, at the very least, a traitor to the GLBT community.

It doesn't surprise me that there are so many gay republicans in the south. Gay people in that part of the country still tend to be closeted and full of internalized homophobia. If their votes only affected themselves, that would be one thing, but the rest of us who wish to live our lives honestly and openly and enjoy equality have to pay the price when they vote for their fascist candidates.

“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#6 Sep 13, 2008
THEAprof wrote:
Sorry, but I agree wholeheartedly that ANY gay person who votes republican is, at the very least, a traitor to the GLBT community.
In what way? What if the republican candidate does not even address gay issues or addresses them in a way which shows support for those that are gay? Let's be real, I have voted republican. I did not vote for a republican on a NATIONAL level though and more so on a local or statewide level. When my vote did go for someone on a localized or statewide level, the individual I voted for did not state, show, or endorse any known gay bias. Otherwise, if this individual did, I would have voted for the party and their candidate quite easily. I may be an independent voter, but I am not stupid. My personal life and what I do in it means the most for me and if someone can not support that, then they are not worthy of my vote. My vote is EARNED, not freely given on the party line politics that some wish to follow.
THEAprof wrote:
It doesn't surprise me that there are so many gay republicans in the south. Gay people in that part of the country still tend to be closeted and full of internalized homophobia. If their votes only affected themselves, that would be one thing, but the rest of us who wish to live our lives honestly and openly and enjoy equality have to pay the price when they vote for their fascist candidates.
There were far too many gay people that I knew that lived in Charlotte, Raleigh, Asheville, Greenville, Columbia, Charleston, and Savannah that were very much OUT to their family, friends, and every single person on the planet that they knew and they happened to be conservative. Mindsets are different across the spectrum. Do you think that every black person on the planet is a liberal or a democrat? How about every Jewish person? Muslim people? What about every atheist or agnostic person? It is called a divide for a reason. There are a ton of people out there that think against "the norm" or stereotype in the political structures that people tend to place them in. It happens, it is a normal thing.

“The Buybull is innerrrent.”

Since: Jun 08

Folsom, PA

#8 Sep 13, 2008
It depends which Republicans the "homosexual" Republicans endorse and vote for.

Those "homosexual Republikkkans" who would endorse or vote for the Depends®/Sarracuda ticket are simply brainwashed and deranged.

However, if these "homosexual Republikkkans" insist on supporting such lying bigots as pre-Alzheimer's McSame and his perky, sociopath running mate, then we should insist that these Log Uncle Tom Cabin types become ineligible for any future benefits the g/l/b/t community earns, such as ENDA, hate crimes protections, marriage equality or the right to serve openly in the armed forces. The self hating quislings apparently don't need, and surely don't deserve, any of those rights and protections. So be it.
hmm

Wabash, IN

#9 Sep 13, 2008
If you are somewhat conservative when it comes to your pocket and you like feedom check out the Libertarian Party http://www.lp.org/platform

“The Buybull is innerrrent.”

Since: Jun 08

Folsom, PA

#10 Sep 13, 2008
Except the Libertarian Party became anti choice and, I believe, anti marriage equality. Been taken over by the total free market myth wackos, and the libertarian aspect has been greatly reduced.

“Trolls, the canker sores of”

Since: Jul 07

the internet.

#11 Sep 13, 2008
Ralph wrote:
Let me state before I make my statement on the topic, I am a conservative gay independent.
It is my hope that the LCRs are true conservatives, and that they believe in the freedom of the individual, and less government. They are being true to their belief, if what they are doing is fighting for change in the Republican Party. I think they are bailing the water out of the boat with a spoon, and forgetting to plug the gaping hole in it, but that is their right, and I hope they succeed against the odds.
From what I have seen and heard your party has sunk beneath all the hate and bigotry of the religious right who are neither one. Maybe if you could ever get the religious wing nuts out of that party and put them in a marginalized group as they try so hard to marginalize us; we can get some serious work done for this country.
hmm

Wabash, IN

#12 Sep 13, 2008
writewingproxycontin wrote:
Except the Libertarian Party became anti choice and, I believe, anti marriage equality. Been taken over by the total free market myth wackos, and the libertarian aspect has been greatly reduced.
Intersting I'll have to look into it more but my local politicians have not become anti choice to anti marriage..it seem sto go against the whole principle.
abdz

Sacramento, CA

#13 Sep 13, 2008
I have conservative views on most things but liberal views on some others. Technically I would be a republican but I wont vote for a republican if they were the only candidate on the ballot. I just write in someone's name when there is no one running against a republican.

I remember when the republican party stood for less government, less spending and protecting civil liberties. Nowadays they do the exact opposite, then lie about it and blame it on "tax and spend democrats". At least democrats TAX so they CAN spend...republicans just spend like a drunkin' sailor, bankrupt the country and pass the debt to future generations. The libertarian party now is pretty much what the republican party used to be.

Although I'm a libertarian, since Bush I vote straight ticket democrat. At least its easier to fix any problems democrats cause versus the damage the republicans cause worldwide when they are in office.

Log cabin republicans need to go hang out with their fellow heterosexual/closet queen republicans and have their gay membership card revoked.
Teresa

Baldwin City, KS

#14 Sep 13, 2008
Well I dont want to be republican anymore...

“Born Again Christian.”

Since: May 07

Milwaukee, WI

#15 Sep 13, 2008
I am Gay. I am a Christian. I am a Repulican. So shoot me if you want. I am conservative. I am proud of who I am so tough.

“STFU”

Since: May 07

Atlanta, GA

#16 Sep 13, 2008
There is no more Republican Party. The traditional Republican Party ceased to exist sometime before Ronald Reagan came to power. What calls itself Republican now is a fascist, religionist tyranny that is completely self-serving and has no patriotism, no conscious, no concern for anything or anyone that does not give it wealth and power. It uses religion as a weapon. It uses other people's patriotism against them.
Appalled

Burlingame, CA

#17 Sep 13, 2008
OneBallBoi wrote:
I am Gay. I am a Christian. I am a Republican. So shoot me if you want. I am conservative. I am proud of who I am so tough.
Oh. you poor dear...

Since: Dec 06

Rockford, IL

#18 Sep 13, 2008
Yet those local republicans must show some allegiance and support to the national party agenda, which is decidedly anti-gay. For the GLBT community, there is NO such thing as a good republican.

My vote is "earned," too. However, since I disagree with pretty much every single plank in the republican platform, there is never any question of my voting for them.

And obviously those "out and proud" gay republicans you knew were far more concerned with the status of their financial portfolios than with the advancement of equal rights for all...yet another reason to despise them.(And yes, I knew a number of gay republicans when I lived in the south, and they were all privileged white racists whose money insulated them from homophobia.)
StevenFL wrote:
<quoted text>
In what way? What if the republican candidate does not even address gay issues or addresses them in a way which shows support for those that are gay? Let's be real, I have voted republican. I did not vote for a republican on a NATIONAL level though and more so on a local or statewide level. When my vote did go for someone on a localized or statewide level, the individual I voted for did not state, show, or endorse any known gay bias. Otherwise, if this individual did, I would have voted for the party and their candidate quite easily. I may be an independent voter, but I am not stupid. My personal life and what I do in it means the most for me and if someone can not support that, then they are not worthy of my vote. My vote is EARNED, not freely given on the party line politics that some wish to follow.
<quoted text>
There were far too many gay people that I knew that lived in Charlotte, Raleigh, Asheville, Greenville, Columbia, Charleston, and Savannah that were very much OUT to their family, friends, and every single person on the planet that they knew and they happened to be conservative. Mindsets are different across the spectrum. Do you think that every black person on the planet is a liberal or a democrat? How about every Jewish person? Muslim people? What about every atheist or agnostic person? It is called a divide for a reason. There are a ton of people out there that think against "the norm" or stereotype in the political structures that people tend to place them in. It happens, it is a normal thing.

“Fight bigotry.”

Since: Feb 07

Toms River, NJ

#19 Sep 13, 2008
I'm not surprised that a self-loathing gay man supports a party that loathes our very existence, not to mention our civil rights.
OneBallBoi wrote:
I am Gay. I am a Christian. I am a Repulican. So shoot me if you want. I am conservative. I am proud of who I am so tough.

“Trolls, the canker sores of”

Since: Jul 07

the internet.

#20 Sep 13, 2008
OneBallBoi wrote:
I am Gay. I am a Christian. I am a Repulican. So shoot me if you want. I am conservative. I am proud of who I am so tough.
I wouldn't waste a bullet on ya. You are killing yourself albeit slowly with your own self hate.
who is doing what

United States

#21 Sep 13, 2008
OneBallBoi wrote:
I am Gay. I am a Christian. I am a Repulican. So shoot me if you want. I am conservative. I am proud of who I am so tough.
I was a democrat all my life until this election. It just seems to me that the democrats have lost their values by attacking women and teenager girls,and saying everyone was a racist, and women should stay home and take care of their children. I know serveral gay people who are voting this election for John McCain here in Chicago, that would be Obama's home state. I am glad you are proud of who you are, isn't that what is all about. I wasn't proud belonging to a party that still doesn't know what it is about.

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