Alex Blaze

GOProud: A kind of progress

Filed By Alex Blaze | April 14, 2009 9:30 AM | comments

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Tags: bruce carroll, conservative politics, GOProud, lcr, left, lesbian, LGBT, liberals, log cabin republicans, nonprofit, organization, republican, Washington, Washington Blade

It used to be that the Log Cabin Republicans was the only group out that that specifically worked to represent gay conservatives, but no more. Make way for GOProud.

It seems to have been created for the "Fox News" style Republican instead of the "country club" style Republican, because they're out and proud now, too. It's a kind of progress.

Here's Bruce Carroll, aka GayPatriot, who's on the org's board, describing the difference between GOProud and LCR:

Their left-of-center positions on important issues have bothered me as LCR has continually sucked the teet of the Gay Leftist agenda. LCR's silence and unwillingness to stand up and be vocal on true gay conservative issues (outing of Republican staffers, increasing threat of gays being selectively aborted, peril gays face by Islamic extremists) has been mind-boggling. And LCR's continued obsession in trashing Republicans, yet letting Democrats get a pass on their gay-related hypocrisies, has been infruriating.

In other words, if LCR is Barry Goldwater, then GOProud aspires to be Rush Limbaugh.

The Washington Blade has more:

"There hasn't been a voice for ... gay conservatives for the last five months, really, in Washington," LaSalvia said. "And so as that time has lapsed, that was when we made the assessment and determined the need for an organization in Washington and put the pieces in place to make that happen."

LaSalvia also said there will be policy differences between Log Cabin and GOProud, with the new group planning to weigh in more on economic issues before Congress, such as how tax policy affects gay Americans.

"It'll certainly be done from a gay perspective, but we will work on issues beyond hate crimes, [the Employment Non-Discrimination Act] and some of the other standard gay rights legislation," he said.

LaSalvia said GOProud will work to combat Congress and the Obama administration's push for higher taxes. The group also will advocate for the repeal of the estate tax, which he said hits "our families at higher proportion" than other American families.

But LaSalvia said GOProud will be fully supportive of pro-LGBT legislation before Congress, even though these bills may not be a priority for them.

I'm all for gay rights groups looking outside of traditional "LGBT" legislation, like the Task Force is doing in their work on EFCA, which will materially improve the lives of most LGBT people even if the legislation doesn't specifically mention us.

But, uh, the "threat of gays being selectively aborted"? The estate tax? Stopping jobs creation?

I'm failing to see how working on any of those, um, issues would improve even a simple majority of LGBT people's lives, but then again I fail to be Republican.

GOProud even falls into the same-old Republican position of defining anyone who disagrees with them as part of the "left":

"If you pulled the lever for John McCain in 2008, then passing hate-crimes legislation or ENDA [Employment Non-Discrimination Act] is probably not your priority," says Mr. LaSalvia. "Most issues that are defined as 'gay' issues have been defined by the left. We take a different approach."[...]

Whatever else it is, these are not your father's gay Republicans. To the contrary, GOProud springs from a growing dissatisfaction among some gay Republicans that the Log Cabin Republicans, the traditional gay advocacy group within the party, has drifted to the point where its positions are indistinguishable from those of the left. It didn't help when the Washington Blade chimed in with a report that Log Cabin's biggest contributor, Tim Gill, is a Democrat.

It took a lot of work to get here. I'm serious! Who would have thought, even back in the 90's, that there would be gays comfortable enough to be out and organizing among the extreme, know-nothing, $ave-the-rich, iron-fist right?

Reactionary politics will always be with us. There's just something about some people that draws them to simplicity, clear hierarchy, and authoritarianism. And LGBT people (actually, that should probably be G and L, since I couldn't find an instance of someone actually in GOProud describing it as anything other than a "gay and lesbian" or just "gay" org) aren't exempt from that.

We're really everywhere.

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And the amusing little tidbit of irony? One of their talking points is how the Gay Left thrives in identity politics.

Can any of their comments be more blatant a representation of that which they mock in others? They just happen to choose another identity at the expense of their peers.

It always annoys me how they throw that out there, when they're far, far worse on that count.

I've got to say, I'm really curious what these "gay-related hypocrisies" of the Democrats are. Are there tons of Democrats in power, like Republicans, who are against equal rights for queer people while being queer themselves that I don't know about?

A. J. Lopp | April 14, 2009 3:29 PM

Why do conservatives deny evolution, while themselves producing mutations such as this?

Marc Paige | April 15, 2009 1:25 AM

So, we now have a gay Republican organization that will be to the right of the Log Cabiners. Basically, it seems that if the Log Cabin Republicans were against ENDA and a hate crimes law that includes gays, then we would have this new group, GOProud. Do we really need another group that will support anti-gay Republican politicians, and urge other gay people to overlook Republican candidates' homophobia and vote them into office? Do we really need another group that will encourage us to vote against our interests? If GOProud is more successful in bringing the GOP into the 21st century, I wish them luck. But Log Cabin has been a complete failure at this, so why do the GOProud folks think they can do better?