Conservative “hero” Andrew Breitbart has died, confirmed by ABC News and Metro Weekly among others.

Andrew Brietbart

Metro Weekly‘s Chris Geidner has the run down on Breitbart’s recent support of LGBT inclusion. The publication released an unpublished portion of a past interview:

“I just don’t get it. I go into middle America, and I don’t see people hating gay people as a part of their agenda. Are there anomalies? … Yes,” he continued. “The majority agrees on the humanity of gay people – and to treat gay people like you treat all people. It doesn’t make sense that the political polarities represent such a small percentage. It’s a two percent versus a two percent versus the rest of the 96 percent of the country that is living our lives integrated.”

Be sure to hop over to Metro Weekly to read the rest of Chris’ piece and other Breitbart comments.

Breitbart’s support of LGBT inclusion is important, especially because of his pivotal role in conservative America. But does his support on this one issue outweigh his support of measures that hurt other minorities or the poor? In other words, how much of an ally can we say Brietbart was if he remained hostile to significant portions of our community who are not wealthy, white and otherwise privileged?

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GOProud #FAIL: defending the indefensible

This is the reason why people just can’t and probably never will understand gay people who also claim to be Republicans:

GOProud
For Immediate Release
September 3, 2010

The Advocate, Not Sarah Palin, is Guilty of “Gay-Baiting”
Statement of Christopher R. Barron, Chairman of the GOProud Board

(Washington, D.C.) – In an online piece today, The Advocate accuses former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin of “gay-baiting.” Referring to a recent article in Vanity Fair written by gay journalist Michael Joseph Gross, The Advocate writes, “Palin didn’t mention Gross by name http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/41715.html while talking Thursday on Sean Hannity’s WABC radio show, but she seemed to be referring to the article – and pointedly used emasculating words that have long been used as euphemisms for homosexuality – when she called reporters who publish “rumors” about her “impotent,” “limp,” and “gutless.”

In response, Christopher R. Barron, Chairman of the GOProud Board issued the following statement:

“It is The Advocate, not Sarah Palin, who is guilty of ‘gay-baiting.’ I don’t think most people associate the words ‘impotent,’ ‘limp,’ or ‘gutless’ with being gay – I know I certainly don’t. If the folks at The Advocate think these words are euphemisms for being gay or lesbian then I think that speaks volumes about their own internalized homophobia.

“Governor Palin was absolutely right to use the words she chose to describe the pathetic hatchet job penned by Mr. Gross.”

Exactly how can GOProud justify defending an anti-LGBT Republican leader? It would be like me trying to defend the anti-gay behavior of my anti-gay, childhood pastor. It makes absolutely zero sense.

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Maybe they aren’t all that bad

Back at the beginning of February I became amused by the swirling controversy after the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) accepted a sponsorship and participation from GOProud, a Log Cabin Republicans splinter group for LGBT Republicans and conservatives. Some folks praised CPAC’s inclusion of the group. Others, like Liberty University’s Law School, condemned it. In fact, Liberty Law pulled out of the CPAC event altogether, deciding instead to host their own two day conference/symposium in Lynchburg, Va.

Liberty’s legal symposium — entitled “Homosexual Rights and First Amendment Freedoms: Can They Truly Coexist?” — featured speakers such as ex-gay leader Alan Chambers of Exodus International; Julie Harren-Hamilton, president of the so-called National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuals; rabidly anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” defender Elaine Donnelly and a host of academics and scholars from Liberty University and other right-wing “schools.”

All of this didn’t really surprise me. Liberty’s decision to pull out of the conference was just par for the course. But, I kept thinking as the news rolled out that these gay Republicans, trying so desperately to fit in where they aren’t wanted (dead or alive), was just kind of sad. Continue reading this post…

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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. Continue reading this post…