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GOProud Board Condemns 'Outing' After Its Top Members Out Perry Pollster Tony Fabrizio and Breitbart Departs


The board of gay conservative group GOProud put out a statement condemning outing after the group's Jinmmy LaSalvia and Chris Barron outed Rick Perry's pollster Tony Fabrizio last week.

On behalf of the GOProud Board and its members and supporters, we want to make it very clear that “outing” a gay or lesbian individual is wrong and should never be used as a political weapon.

Private lives should remain just that — private. The right to disclose one’s sexual orientation belongs solely to each individual. We will continue to oppose “outing” as it has never advanced a political cause but only hurts individuals and their families.

We strongly regret the events of this week.

Over the weekend conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart announced his resignation from the board.

Others on the board of the organization: Ann Coulter, Margaret Hoover, Grover Norquist, Liz Mair, Chuck Muth, Lisa De Pasquale, Christian Josi, Roger Stone, Andrew Langer, Kathryn Serkes and Bob Carlstrom.

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  1. Will the last person to leave GOProud put out the candles, Laura.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 12, 2011 10:08:33 AM

  2. Also on the Board... Eva Braun, Andrew "Dice" Clay", Theodore Haggard, and the corpse of Jesse Helms.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Dec 12, 2011 10:21:40 AM

  3. And Hitler. Don't forget him, Marcus.

    Posted by: Peter | Dec 12, 2011 10:35:49 AM

  4. I'm all for outting those in positions of power (politicians and religious leaders) who then turn around and use their power against others. Out all the anti-gay homos and the world will be a better place!

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 12, 2011 10:35:57 AM

  5. The impression I got was that Fabrizio was already out because he had worked for gay causes before joining the campaign, but maybe not. If not, he wasn't fooling anyone either.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 12, 2011 10:46:31 AM

  6. @ANON It's been reported that Fabrizio was "out" in the sense that the people with whom he worked didn't presume him to be straight, nor did he pretend to be married to a woman. Sounds ridiculous I know but these are the lengths that semi-closeted gay men are willing to go to secure their positions of power. Lots of straight people work for gay causes so it shouldn't be automatically assumed that one working for such a cause is gay.

    The irony of course is that Barron and his Mary Band of Homothugs have publicly bashed one of their own. It's never a surprise when they attack those of us who identify as gay and aren't Rethuglicans - who believe is marriage equality for all - but it's not often that they attack from within. Losing Bratbart can only be a good thing. I wonder if Eva will be next?

    Posted by: Gigi | Dec 12, 2011 11:10:35 AM

  7. Hilarious. All because people like Andrew Breitbart are sooooooo principled, such exemplary leaders on moral issues. It's like being lectured by Lynn Cheney, who loves her gay daughter but is ashamed to have it mentioned in public.

    Posted by: coolbear | Dec 12, 2011 11:29:32 AM

  8. Yes, this is the GOProud that we know and loathe. Interesting that so many of the board are heterosexual.

    Posted by: Daniel | Dec 12, 2011 11:49:03 AM

  9. just because one person has decided for him/herself to relinquish certain rights and freedoms by supporting anti-gay policies, that doesn't mean that everyone has relinquished those rights and freedoms. hypocrisy that underpins public policy should always be made public.

    Posted by: raphinou | Dec 12, 2011 11:53:11 AM

  10. On the contrary "outing" always helps the political cause of the homosexual minority.

    Posted by: truth be told | Dec 12, 2011 12:03:42 PM

  11. "We will continue to oppose “outing” as it has never advanced a political cause but only hurts individuals and their families." - What about the f'ing individuals and families that are suffering because of inequality and these hateful laws? What about those people suffering?


    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Dec 12, 2011 12:52:41 PM

  12. "Private lives should remain private"??

    If Fabizio's "private life" was so fu**ing private, then how did anyone know? If you don't want anyone to know you're gay, don't go out to gay bars or tell even a single other person that you are. When "privacy" has become only a shield for Republican hypocrites, you can be sure that strategic outing is helping our cause.

    Posted by: Jeff | Dec 12, 2011 1:24:36 PM

  13. I can't agree with GoProuds stance on this. If you are a closeted gay or lesbian person and attack your own kind then you deserve to be outed as the hypocrite you are. This is the only situation where I feel it's appropriate. It would be the same as a person chastising others for infidelity then cheating on their own spouse.

    Posted by: TMKY | Dec 12, 2011 1:27:05 PM

  14. GOProud is exactly like the Christian Right - they have excuses for everything but intelligent reasons for nothing.

    GOProud are the biggest cowards in America

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 12, 2011 1:34:06 PM

  15. GoProud is a misnomer if ever there was one.
    GoHideintheCloset would be more accurate for this group of losers.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Dec 12, 2011 1:36:15 PM

  16. It is perfectly correct to out those of us who are working against us.

    Posted by: lewlew | Dec 12, 2011 2:27:30 PM

  17. I disagree with his statement that 'private lives should remain private and not be used a a political weapon.' When a political figure, and his or her camp fro that matter, chooses to use gays or anything else as a weapon you're so-called private life no longer is off limits. If you're going to play in the mud you are going to get dirty.

    Posted by: Ray | Dec 12, 2011 2:32:00 PM

  18. "Strongly regret" doesn't cut it. If they are serious they will give LaSalvia the axe. On the other hand, hard to get too excited about this. Just more evidence that they are hypocrites.

    Posted by: rayy | Dec 12, 2011 2:34:06 PM

  19. I can't think of anything more pathetic than someone desperately and frantically trying to hold on to Andrew Breitbart's approval. Talk about reaching the absolute bottom of the barrel.

    Surely this must be a moment of revelation, like waking up in a dumpster with a heroin needle sticking out of one arm and a dead hooker on the other that one realizes they simply can't sink any lower and absolutely must get help. Isn't there some kind of support group for this?

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Dec 12, 2011 2:43:54 PM

  20. @BOOBY JOE - LMFAO!!! U Nailed it!

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Dec 12, 2011 5:50:47 PM

  21. @BOBBY JOE - oops! Not BOOBY!

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Dec 12, 2011 5:53:41 PM

  22. OUt them all, period. there was a movie called outrage that outed a lot of capital hill people, almost all republicans.

    I dont care how much it might hurt them, wreck their str8 marriage etc.

    Gays in the closet should not be supporting people who oppose gay rights. they can keep their mouths shut but they should find another job and tell the truth.

    Posted by: billy wingartenson | Dec 13, 2011 1:28:28 AM

  23. It's harder being conservative in a room full of gays than it is to be gay in a room full of conservatives. Isn't that ironic? So much for LGBT unity.

    Posted by: libconlib | Dec 13, 2011 7:26:34 AM

  24. who is goproud anyway? maybe we should just stop giving them power and ignore them... this is akin to putting bigots and racists on CNN to defend their hate, how about we just ignore them and move on to issues of import. this is getting us nowhere

    Posted by: epic | Dec 13, 2011 9:11:37 AM

  25. Does anyone else find Jimmy's comments a little ridiculous considering that oh, ANN COULTER is on the board of GOProud? Apparently it is not OK to line your pockets with homophobic money, but it is OK to have homophobes help steer your organization.

    Posted by: db | Dec 28, 2011 12:04:28 PM

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