Gay Republicans: Lost in the Twilight Zone?

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man it is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity it is the middle ground between light and shadow between science and superstition and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge this is the dimension of imagination it is an area which we call- the Twilight Zone.

goproudAnd for many, although not all, LGBT Republicans, that’s exactly where they find themselves.

DC Agenda‘s Chris Johnson reports today on further developments with GOProud’s sponsorship of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). GOProud, an offshoot of the more LGBT-focused Log Cabin Republicans, has come under fire by conservative activists and organizations for their involvement in and co-sponsorship of the event, which takes place this month in Washington, D.C. When calls for CPAC to rescind the GOProud co-sponsorship were ignored, the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University’s Law School announced it would boycott the conference.

Johnson reports:

According to the website for the Conversative Political Action Conference, which will take place in D.C., the gay conservative group known as GOProud is set to speak Feb. 20 on a panel titled “Using Technology to Mobilize Conservatives.”

Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud, will represent the organization on the panel. He said he wanted to speak on technology because his group has heavily relied on the Internet to get the word out since GOProud’s launch last year.

“I think we’re going to bring a unique perspective to talk about how we have been able to use social networking like Facebook and Twitter as well as just Internet in general and e-mail to reach folks all over the country, in rural areas, in parts of the country that we haven’t necessarily been able to visit,” he said.

Joining LaSalvia on the panel will be Tom Keeley, online marketing cooridinator for FreedomWorks, and Adam DiAngeli, director of information technology for the Campaign for Liberty. The moderator for the panel will be Sandy Greiner, board president of the American Future Fund, and the emcee will be Kate Obenshain, vice president of Young America’s Foundation.

Addressing the controversy of CPAC’s decision to allow GOProud to co-sponsor the conference, LaSalvia said, “It’s a diverse coalition, but we agree on a set core principles. There’s going to be disagreement on some things and there’s going to be agreement on most things.”

And this is where the LaSalvia starts taking his trip into the Twilight Zone. At least the Log Cabin Republicans are smart enough to know their party doesn’t like them, doesn’t want them and can’t stand their humanity. That’s why Log Cabin (sometimes) feverishly fights against anti-LGBT prejudice and discrimination. It’s also why Log Cabin had a (semblance of a) backbone and refused to endorse Bush for president in 2004.

LaSalvia and GOProud are working and living under this ludicrous illusion that conservatives and others involved with CPAC want them involved in their annual gay-baiting, gay-bashing, gay-hating extravaganza. A “diverse coalition” working in “agreement on most things”? Yeah. Right. And I’m the queen of England, too.

You cant have a “diverse coalition” when the folks in charge of the conservative movement don’t even recognize your basic rights to exist as and who you are. All of your great ideas about pushing the movement forward — they’ll be rejected flat out simply because your gay.

“That’s a great idea,” says conservative guy who helped write a marriage amendment.

“Oh, but that guy is gay,” says another conservative guy who helped ban gay adoption.

“Really? Never mind then,” Amendment guy says. “Too bad, really. He had such good ideas. I’d never hire a fag to work for my organization, though.”

I’m thinking that in some other alternative universe — you know, other than the one in which LaSalvia currently lives — there were gay Nazis who honestly, although insanely, believed Hitler and his ilk loved them, too. Oh, don’t worry about the tens of thousands of gay guys being killed and maimed by the Nazis. They’re all just a big, happy “diverse coalition” working in a “agreement on most things.”

Gay Republicans — at least the ones who actually, and insanely, believe their party, as it exists today, values their input — need a healthy dose of reality. The leadership of today’s GOP (and, let’s not forget about the leadership of the forthcoming “Tea Party” takeover of the GOP) will not stand up for LGBT equality, will do everything in their power to rescind equality when and where it exists and will stop at nothing to prevent the future extension of rights and benefits.

(And, I should be clear: The Democrats really aren’t all that much better. Promises, promises and more promises. Broken after every election cycle. The only positive thing gay Dems like me have going for us is the fact that the overwhelming majority of our party’s officials and leadership wont’ actually do anything to harm us. There is a big difference between actively working to harm a minority (the GOP) and mostly kind of being slow about fixing mistakes (the Dems). I’ll take the latter any day.)

3 Responses to “Gay Republicans: Lost in the Twilight Zone?”
  1. Matt, I agree with you but as a gay man who is fairly liberal on social issues but conservative on fiscal issues, smaller government, and who doesn’t believe it’s the governments job to meet our needs but to get out of our way (within reason of course) and let us do it ourselves. I have to wonder, where do I belong? I am no more welcome in the Republican camp as I am in the Democrat one; and unfortunately a third party will probably not happen in my lifetime.

  2. Matt Comer says:

    David, I don’t think you’re necessarily without a political home. The GOP likes to claim they are the “Big Tent,” yet they routinely exclude everyone who won’t agree with every synapse of their narrowly-defined view of the world, especially on social and “values” issues.

    On the other hand, the Democratic Party is truly the “Big Tent.” There are Democrats of all stripes, including fiscally conservative Dems. Check out:

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