Openly Gay Conservatives, Where?
As a child we’re taught to always appreciate the little things in life, well here’s a little “tid-bit” that will have you cracking up.
There is now an organization for gay GOP members. That’s right, GOProud, a group of people who believe strongly in a party that goes against everything about them. Isn’t that just the saddest thing you’ve ever heard? It’s like they’re the red-headed step-child or something; desperately clinging on to the relationship. A relationship filled with unrequited love, guilt, and regret. Their mission statement reads.
“GOProud represents gay conservatives and their allies. GOProud is committed to a traditional conservative agenda that emphasizes limited government, individual liberty, free markets and a confident foreign policy. GOProud promotes our traditional conservative agenda by influencing politics and policy at the federal level.”
That’s right they believe in “individual liberty,” yet they are a part of a party that does not support their rights. A party who’s sole platform is to revive the “traditional conservative agenda” of yesteryear; an agenda that does not include modern-thinking or homosexuality.
This group believes that everyone should be equal, yet they are not treated as equals by the same party they believe in the most. Sure everyone has their own motives. The same Democratic representative that voted pro-gay could be calling us some hate-charged epithet behind closed doors. It’s all about the swing vote and right now the majority of homosexuals are swinging towards a party that promises equal rights, equal protection, and ultimately a life of which no gay person has ever known.
“The only gay conservative is a closeted one.” That’s the saying that comes to mind when I think of gay republicans and my dad couldn’t have been more on the ball with that one. This is a party who’s had a rash of gay scandals in the past few years; scandals which would make any gay person think long and hard before they associate themselves with such a close-minded group of people. These scandals ultimately reflected the ideal conservative society; one in which all gays were closeted and out of their hair.
Let’s take a look at one of the more recent gay Republicans to come out, Ken Mehlman. Not forced to come out because of scandal or indecent liberties, Mehlman came out because he could no longer live a lie. Then he resigned. He did his job quite well, but resigned because he was gay, a member of the GOP, and secretly supported equal rights for homosexuals; though his voting record would beg to differ.
It’s almost like the conservative party is a microcosm of life, as it was, prior to gay liberation movements. A life filled with the same gay people as we have today, yet they’re too scared to be themselves because their sexual orientation is frowned upon by the ones they serve.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not going down that road again.
Born and raised in Petersburg, VA, Anthony works as a State Farm Account Representative in Enterprise Rent-A-Car's Insurance Operations Department. In his spare time he can often be found wandering aimlessly, with camera in tow, snapping away. He's also a member of, the Richmond-based, Fools Day Comedy Troupe. Read his personal blog here and follow him on Twitter.
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