Gay Republican Group GOProud to Co-Sponsor CPAC Conference

Gay Republican group GOProud announced today they'll be a sponsor of the right-wing CPAC conference, which takes place on February 18-20 in Washington D.C..

Goproud Said Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia: "GOProud is thrilled to be a cosponsor of the single most important conservative gathering in the country. GOProud's participation at CPAC is one of the most important things we will do all year. This gathering of the nation's most influential conservatives gives us an incredible opportunity to deliver our message. GOProud looks
forward to continuing to work with the conservative movement to promote
policies that will improve the lives of all Americans – including gays
and lesbians."

Among the other co-sponsors are anti-gay groups Concerned Women for America, Focus on the Family, the Alliance Defense Fund, and the National Organization for Marriage.

Comments

  1. ColinATL says

    Hey, if GOProud can influence those groups and that PAC to be less anti-gay, then more power to them. Seriously. But I’m skeptical, and I have a feeling once those other groups figure out what GOProud is about, they will buck and kick until someone gets uninvited…

  2. Jerry says

    What more can one say (politely) other than “Good luck with that.”?
    If they honestly think that they’re going to so much as nudge the hearts and minds of those on the Christian end of the hard right, then GOProud is far more delusional than I had given the organization credit for being.

    Buckley conservatives I can see being persuaded over time; they’re the kinds of conservatives that can be appealed to on the grounds of keeping government out of people’s private lives. The wingnuts we have now couldn’t be farther from that classic kind of political philosophy.

  3. patrick nyc says

    These people are doing God’s work as far as I’m concerned. So what if they fail, at least they’re trying.

    POSTED BY: JASON (THE COMMENTER)
    ———–
    How is working with people who want to deny you your rights ‘God’s work’? These douche bags are no different than the gay republicans who gave us shit for fighting Reagan over AIDS.

    “You ACT-UP people are just rocking the boat”. I wonder how many of those idiots are dead now, or were saved by the work we did.

    The sad fact is GOProud is anything but, more like GOSelf hate.

  4. MikeyDallas says

    At this point it seems as if the gay conservatives are more interested in pissing off the gay community than effecting any real change. All of our anger at them just makes them hard.

  5. Todd Phillips says

    Well, they clearly have more patience and hope to bring about change within the party than any of us do – so best of luck to them !

    Also, I’m sure their presence is *extremely* disturbing to many of the “conservatives” there… So it could be argued, they’re doing something that even ACT-UP can’t manage.

  6. Zeke says

    They, and the group that spawned them, the Log Cabin Republicans, have been “changing the Republican party from the inside” for over 30 years and yet the Republican party has become more and MORE anti-gay year after year for each and every one of those 30 plus years.

    No matter what you may think of gay Republicans, the LCR or GOProud, and their stated objectives, there is NO denying that the groups have been an utter failure in their mission.

    I would live for anyone from one of these groups to explain why they would belong to and support a group with a 30 plus year record of absolute failure.

  7. JeffRob says

    I simply can not respect or be close with anyone who honestly believes that unchecked free-market capitalism, religious traditionalism and a busy, inflated military is the best policy for the well-being of the people.

  8. John M says

    The republican party is incredibly fractured right now and lost in agenda and policy, now is likely going to be the best time in and for decades to make substantive changes in our favor. The republican party will be incredibly influential again when it regroups, it would be short sighted and stupid not to use this time of confusion and infighting to not try and make some major inroads to their public policy in our favor.

  9. Josh G. says

    So one of them has a dog named Saxby, named after Senator Saxby Chambliss who has a 7% rating by the ACLU and 0% by HRC, specifically voting for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and against gay adoption in D.C.

    http://www.ontheissues.org/Senate/Saxby_Chambliss.htm

    What kind of self-loathing idiot would name his dog after a Nazi?

    We need a new word for homosexual men who are simply not gay.

    Maybe cocksuckers?

  10. Todd Phillips says

    “The republican party is incredibly fractured right now and lost in agenda and policy, now is likely going to be the best time in and for decades to make substantive changes in our favor. The republican party will be incredibly influential again when it regroups, it would be short sighted and stupid not to use this time of confusion and infighting to not try and make some major inroads to their public policy in our favor..”

    Exactly; remember, if you don’t sit-down at the table, you’ll never have a place at it.

  11. Zach says

    “The republican party is incredibly fractured right now and lost in agenda and policy, now is likely going to be the best time in and for decades to make substantive changes in our favor.”

    No, now is the worst time. The Republican Party’s short-term solution will be to purge itself of moderates and focus on ideological purity, believing that they can win by being more socially conservative. They are going to rally the base, and they are going to pick up seats in 2010, and economic conservatives will likely go along for now. But there will be no room for radical thoughts or opinions; the majority of the base would be happy to see gays jailed or marginalised as much as possible. There isn’t room for negotiation with those people in the short-term.

    As I’ve said before, I feel sorry for gay conservatives, but their efforts frequently have the appearance of parody. Room for gays in the Republican Party passed in 1994. It’s time to accept reality and work for a new vision within the Democratic Party, which is progressively resembling the pre-1980s coalition model, with room for fiscal and social conservatives.

  12. says

    todd phillips: the republican party of the 21st century will NEVER, EVER even let you near the table, unless you’re serving the food and liquor. don’t kid yourself. YOUR table will be in the kitchen, eating the scraps their dogs shit out and they will call it chunky chocolate mousse.

    but let’s not call gay republicans cocksuckers. i’m a very proud, long-time cocksucker and i’m no republican, lol.

    loathsome works for me, too.

  13. Bryan says

    The idea that intelligent people consistently work in their own self interest is demonstrably false, and the assumption that people will work to benefit others – even others like themselves – is equally ludicrous.

    Never forget that Gertrude Stein, a Jew and a lesbian, was in large part responsible for Hitler’s 1938 nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. In her May 6, 1934 interview in the “New York Times Magazine,” she proclaimed in typical ponderous style:

    “I say that Hitler ought to have the peace prize, because he is removing all the elements of contest and of struggle from Germany. By driving out the Jews and the democratic and Left element, he is driving out everything that conduces to activity. That means peace … By suppressing Jews … he was ending struggle in Germany”

  14. says

    I am actually surprised and happy at how many of you are seeing the potential for a political victory here. The R’s are losing it quickly. NOW is the time to strike.

    Our problem is the complete lack of cojones in Dem leadership. We need a James Carville type of fighter and there just doesn’t seem to be one out there. We need Barack Obama. The one that was promised to us.

    I suggest you all read “Taking it Back” by Carville and Paul Begal. The template for victory is right there in B&W.

    Now, if we just had a leader who knew how to fight with a switchblade.

  15. TANK says

    Kapo works for me. This is absurd, though. They’re a hair’s breadth from the ex-gays. And that’s not saying gay democrats have anything to be particularly proud of in the leadership.

  16. nic says

    gay republicans = jew nazis. i know that sounds trite. but seriously, queers throwing good money after bad is inconceivable to me. when does a gay repug realize that he is hoisting himself by his own petard? i don’t get it.

  17. patrick nyc says

    Also, I’m sure their presence is *extremely* disturbing to many of the “conservatives” there… So it could be argued, they’re doing something that even ACT-UP can’t manage.

    POSTED BY: TODD PHILLIPS
    ———————–
    MR PHILLIPS ACT-UP never cared if they were ‘disturbing’, they just wanted to make a difference. So if you think that these sad suck ups are making a difference, you clearly are buying and drinking the shit they are selling.
    ……………..
    gay republicans = jew nazis. i know that sounds trite. but seriously, queers throwing good money after bad is inconceivable to me. when does a gay repug realize that he is hoisting himself by his own petard? i don’t get it.

    POSTED BY: NIC
    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    NIC I use to say often years ago that the only difference between a gay republican and a Jewish Nazi was 50 years. That was over ten years ago, but it is still true. If you do not see those who hate you, or think that they will spare you and ignore those who suffer, you are just as bad as they are.

  18. TGC says

    “How is working with people who want to deny you your rights ‘God’s work’?”

    Throwing money and votes to liberals who give you DADT and DOMA does what? How about voting for Chairman Obama who surrounds himself with homophobic bigots and ignored the gay media. How’s that working out for you?

    When it’s time for money and votes, they pat you on the head and tell you what a good little queer you are, if you’re lucky, and then stab you in the back with anti-gay legislation like that mentioned above. Yet somehow gays are convinced that the liberals love them. They get scraps thrown to them, like the meaningless “hate crimes” law, and they go crawling back for more abuse.

    THAT is battered wife syndrom.

    What’s more, we have no problem identifying as gay to Conservatives and Republicans. Identify yourself as a Conservative to gays, though, and you get the hatred, bigotry and intolerance like you’ve displayed above.

  19. niles says

    this is obviously a front organization to try and make the Repugs look a little less intolerant – they have been doing the same thing with other minority groups for a long time.

  20. Zach says

    “Throwing money and votes to liberals who give you DADT and DOMA does what? How about voting for Chairman Obama who surrounds himself with homophobic bigots and ignored the gay media. How’s that working out for you?”

    First, the liberals today are often not the ones who supported DADT or DOMA. Second, while DOMA may be inexcusable, DADT was genuinely viewed to be a good-faith compromise to allow gays to serve. If the Republicans had their way, they would have been banned outright. It wasn’t an ideal solution, but let’s not rewrite history to pretend that the Republicans had a better fate awaiting gays who serve.

    “When it’s time for money and votes, they pat you on the head and tell you what a good little queer you are, if you’re lucky, and then stab you in the back with anti-gay legislation like that mentioned above. Yet somehow gays are convinced that the liberals love them. They get scraps thrown to them, like the meaningless “hate crimes” law, and they go crawling back for more abuse.”

    The Matthew Shepard Act is not a meaningless little scrap. By furnishing federal provisions to crimes against gays, hate crimes laws force law enforcement agencies to address systemic issues relating to violence. Often they are reluctant to do so, and often violence continues, but the long-term effect is the death of apathy over crimes against gays.

    And the Democrats are generally ineffectual well-wishers. Often they throw their supporters under the bus, but almost always its because they care about their personal political stake. Moreover, it’s intellectually dishonest to compare discriminatory legislation furnished in the 1990s against present inaction. Neither is fundamentally excusable, but the difference is still significant. It’s not pretty, but we’re only a generation away from the vast majority of the population thinking we’re deviants and pedophiles.

    I just don’t see the wisdom in wholly rejecting the Democratic Party. You hold people on what they say, you punish them when they can and don’t fulfill your objectives. You keep playing in the forum and you elect candidates who you know are going to fight for you (and who will never come from the present iteration of the Republican Party). I know many would rather the open hatred of the Republicans, but I personally take the near-useless over the completely useless.

    “What’s more, we have no problem identifying as gay to Conservatives and Republicans. Identify yourself as a Conservative to gays, though, and you get the hatred, bigotry and intolerance like you’ve displayed above.”

    Conservatism is a political philosophy. It encapsulates myriad choices and views that are only rigorous in the face of scrutiny and critical attack. Sexuality is neither a personal philosophy nor a choice; it’s a fundamental component to human identity. Comparing the two is offensive and absurd. I will continue to attack conservatism because of what I view to be its underlying flaws. I will continue to attack Republican gays for operating with people who gleefully hate and marginalize us. I will gladly admit to being intolerant of Republican gays.

  21. says

    The real fuckwits are the losers who give millions of dollars to the Democratic party only to get NOTHING in return. Obama DOESN’T support gay marriage. 7 (count them..1..2..3..4..5..6..7) NY state senators voted AGAINST gay marriage. Goto http://www.addabboforsenate.com/ and see how a guy who voted against us has the endorsement of the Pride Agenda and the Stonewall dems!! F..ing incredible! Leave GoProud alone..at least they have the balls to take the fight to the enemy!

  22. Ian says

    @jon
    “I bet it’s less than a week until their co-sponsorship is rejected and their money returned to them.”

    I bet you are right.

    IMO, this desire to win over the “hearts and minds” of the religious wingnuts who control the GOP stem from a need to be accepted by ones oppressors. It’s those kids in high school who were bullied but still sought to be “accepted” by their bullies. They adopt the bullies beliefs and values and con themselves into thinking that if they show the bullies they’re just the same except for being gay, well then they’ll just have to be accepted. They only succeed in degrading themselves.

  23. GOProud says

    Once again, typical liberal gays have no respect for self thinking Gays who don’t all follow the liberal BS. I am a Gay republican, and damn proud of it. Liberal gays always scream for tolerance, yet are the first ones to show they are the least bit tolerant of anyone who might have a different view on issues other than just gay issues. You guys are the ones that need to be more open minded and get over yourselves aready.

  24. GOProud says

    Also, instead of bashing the group, why not be more supportive that GOProud might be able to make a difference and start changing minds. The democrats sure aren’t doing anything to help our cause. So its time to start looking outside of the Democratic Party. It doesn’t hurt to have a seat at the table and try.

  25. nic says

    @GOPROUD,

    fuck you! “self thinking” ahahahaha. even the phrase betrays your stupidity. self-hating describes you better. this debate has nothing to do with repug vs dem or conservative vs lib. it is all about fairness and civil rights.

    @LINCOLNLOUNGER,

    you, like every other repug, should stop disgracing the name of lincoln. the republicans of lincoln bear no resemblance to the modern repugs. fuck you, too.

  26. bill s says

    jimmy lasalvia, having abandoned the log cabin repubs as their brand faded to a dim light under patrick sammon, is now redefining gay self-loathing at goProud. what a twit.

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