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GOProud's 'Homocon': Dana Loesch Plus A Fetish Club Plus 'Christ-Haters' Equals A Swell Time (VIDEO) (UPDATED)



The GOProud folk descending on Central Florida for the Republican National Convention next week have selected a venue for their famed Homocon party, and seem to have solidified the "Special Guest" list.

The venue: The Honey Pot, the premier fetish club in Ybor City -- a little burg in Tampa known primarily for its nightlife, and for drawing booze-mad college kids from their campuses in St. Pete, Tampa, and Lakeland.

The "Special Guest" list includes: the American Conservative Union's David Keene. Grover Norquist. Larry O'Connor, of Breitbart. Will Cain. S.E. Cupp. Margaret Hoover. The long-suffering Richard Grenell. Bigshot Tea Partier Amy Kremer. The very-fun Mary Matalin, the sourpuss CNN commentator, famously married to ideological opponent James Carville. And, for some reason, Dana Loesch.

Dana Loesch, the editor-in-chief of Andrew Breitbart's BigJournalism.com, is notably unfriendly to gay people. AFTER THE JUMP, listen to a squirm-inducing clip from Dana's radio show in which she bullies a young, self-identified Christian woman who calls to express her support of marriage equality, and ends up teling to the poor girl that she must, therefore, "hate Christ." The logical contortions Ms. Loesch must perform to arrive at this conclusion are, I think you'll agree, most impressive. (Or indicative of almost incapacitating idiocy.)

Listening to the clip, it's impossible to imagine this woman glad-handing gays in Ybor City, but apparently that's what'll happen. Salud, GOProud: You make crazy happen.

There have been several online reports that Homocon will feature a Paul Ryan lookalike in an upstairs VIP room, but GOProud doesn't mention that in its advertisements, and I can't find any announcement to that effect on the Honey Pot's Facebook page. I called GOProud to ask about it this morning, but it seems there's nobody manning the phones on the weekends.

Again -- to get your nerves jangled, listen to Loesch AFTER THE JUMP ...

(UPDATE: As I suspected, there will be no Paul Ryan lookalike at Homocon. Also, despite multiple press notices to the contrary, turns out Honey Pot isn't a fetish club at all.) 


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  1. Ybor City is not a "sad little burg not far from Tampa." It is the oldest and most interesting neighborhood in the city of Tampa and the home to most of the city's gay nightlight. Some even call it Gaybor. The party itself, however, does sound sad and offensive.

    Posted by: David Johnson | Aug 25, 2012 1:37:18 PM

  2. There are no gay men in GOProud or the LCR, but there might be a few faggots.

    Posted by: Blake | Aug 25, 2012 1:38:53 PM

  3. Can't think of a more appropriate term than Homo Con. Let the grifting commence.

    Posted by: stranded | Aug 25, 2012 1:52:08 PM

  4. David Johnson:

    Greetings. I've removed the offending "sad," because I'm sure you're right. I went to school in Lakeland, and during my infrequent trips to Ybor it struck me as a pretty dispiriting place. But I had just come out of the closet and was suffering from depression, so I was probably projecting.

    Thanks for the correction. Hope you're having a great weekend.

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Aug 25, 2012 2:00:37 PM

  5. GOProud member at their finest: http://youtu.be/2R6jqMysHaA

    they do, however, serve as a brilliant example of what a culture of anti-gay bigotry does to the weakest members of society.

    they are literally the saddest and most pathetic homosexuals in america. i'd say that they should be ashamed of themselves but they already are.

    this is what happens to boys who never grow a pair and stand up against the bullies and bigoted families they've been unfortunately born into. the majority of LGBT people are born into, and grow up in, unsupportive and prejudicial environments. most rise above and meet the challenges they're faced with from a place of bravery, courage and integrity.

    the cowards choose instead to neuter themselves and do the bully's bidding in order for pithy half-@ssed tolerance.

    enjoy your convention, boys. won't make your chosen allies any less embarrassed to have to call you 'family'

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 25, 2012 2:02:15 PM

  6. i'm impressed by david johnson's civil comment and brandon's respectful response. good on you both. have a great weekend!

    Posted by: Jed | Aug 25, 2012 2:17:07 PM

  7. I'm glad to see the "sad" was removed, but I would also point out that Ybor City isn't "a berg not far from Tampa" it was annexed into Tampa in the late 1800's. It's just outside of downtown Tampa, but it really is just a neighborhood in the city not a separate town.

    Posted by: boywonder3919 | Aug 25, 2012 2:28:21 PM

  8. That radio snippet really made my blood boil. I suppose I brought it upon myself, but wow, was that incredibly frustrating.

    Posted by: Mikey | Aug 25, 2012 2:42:45 PM

  9. I want to echo those objecting to the use of "burg not far from Tampa." Ybor City is a neighborhood INSIDE Tampa's city limits, just like Davis Island, Hyde Park, etc. To describe it otherwise is inaccurate.

    Posted by: Joseph | Aug 25, 2012 2:48:00 PM

  10. Noted and changed. Thanks.

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Aug 25, 2012 3:05:02 PM

  11. Not only is Ybor City part of Tampa, but many people living in Tampa would say Ybor City IS Tampa's downtown.

    As to Honey Pot being a "fetish club", other than catering to gay people, I don't see how that description fits. Wet T-shirt contests? Drag queens? You might as well call every gay club that goes beyond square dancing a "fetish club".

    And if any of the guests are anti-gay, they sure have a weird way of showing it--going to a gay club to hang out with gay people. If this is what gay-haters do, we need more of them!

    Posted by: Jason (the commenter) | Aug 25, 2012 3:08:55 PM

  12. David beat me to it. Ybor City isn't a burg or a town, it's a neighborhood and historic district in Tampa, very close to downtown. It's like the French Quarter or the Castro or Harlem. It's the district that Cigars built with primarily Italian and Cuban immigrants. Gays, for a long time, were just about the only people who would go there at night because the El Goya/Tracks nightclub was there. The rest of 7th Ave. was pretty much a ghost town, save the Columbia restaurant. Then the straights invaded and brought violence and mainstreaming, practically running the gays out. Now the gays have taken back over and there's a good gay/straight mix, with the gays pretty much in charge. The "Gaybor City" board pretty much calls the shots.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Aug 25, 2012 3:11:51 PM

  13. Omg, can you imagine dozens of Ricks and Jasons all under one roof cruising each other and talking about how manly they are and how gay rights are for effeminate pansies? *shudder*

    Posted by: Winston | Aug 25, 2012 3:19:57 PM

  14. Winston,

    For the record, I like effeminate pansies :)

    Posted by: Jason (the commenter) | Aug 25, 2012 3:34:03 PM

  15. Dana Loesch is at this GOProud event? Why is it that self-loathing gay men, such as the GOProud crowd, like to be insulted and abused by straight women? Sounds pathological. Rick, where are you? This thread definitely needs you to comment on this Dana-Loesch-abusing-GOProud-idiots phenomena.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Aug 25, 2012 3:38:27 PM

  16. Dana and Ann Coulter are against gay marriage yet they speak in front of GOPROUD in which some of the members are legally married to someone of the same sex.

    How do they square the fact that some of their gay friends are already married?

    Do they think these marriages should be annulled against the will of the married parties?

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 25, 2012 3:43:01 PM

  17. Artie_In_Lauderdale, they had Ann Coulter at their last shindig. Christ, can you imagine sitting there and listening to that vile woman insulting you? She was billed by them as "the right wing Judy Garland", by the way.

    Posted by: Terry | Aug 25, 2012 3:44:45 PM

  18. @ Winston,

    I'm not familiar with Jason's commentary, so I'm not including that in my comment. However, I think your argument about Rick is upside down. The GOProud idiots LIKE to be insulted and abused by straight women. Brandon's post makes this clear when he tells you that GOProud is inviting some snippy, homophobic female, Dana Loesch, to their event. In the past, GOProud has also invited Ann Coulter to their events, another snippy, homophobic female who loves to insult and abuse gay men. Rick, it seems, would be on the opposite side of the argument, counseling you and others to avoid this kind of self-denigrating behavior. You need to reply, and Rick need to weigh in. ASAP. Get it?

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Aug 25, 2012 3:49:14 PM

  19. GOProud members like hearing anti-gay things. It reminds them of Christmas with their families.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 25, 2012 3:50:35 PM

  20. @ Terry: I think we posted our comments simultaneously. Yeah, GOPRoud loves snippy, homophobic females like Dana Loesch and Ann Coulter. I have certainly disagreed with Rick on other occasions, but this is one piece of advice where there is no disagreement: Don't kiss up to straight women who find amusement in insulting you. Duh.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Aug 25, 2012 3:54:55 PM

  21. @ LittleKiwi,

    Brilliant. Behind every self-loathing gay or bisexual man there are HIS STUPID HOMOPHOBIC/CLOSETED RELATIVES that he's kissing up to.

    "It reminds them of Christmas with their families."

    I hope you don't mind if I quote that in the future.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Aug 25, 2012 3:58:35 PM

  22. I expect Porno Pete to wear his gimp mask so he isn't recognised.

    Posted by: Sylvatica | Aug 25, 2012 4:01:01 PM

  23. I didnt see the original Brandon, but thanks for being open to change - btw, ur weekend editing/curating is always spot-on:-)

    The only thing I would add is that the Honey Pot isn't a S&M or fetish bar- they may host some parties and events like that, but only on occasion. They're really just a mainstream gay club, with drag shows, go-go boys, bear bartenders, and some nights for lesbians and others for gays. (found that last bit out when I took my bf on the wrong night- other than the bartenders, we were the only guys there lol)

    But yeah, I mean, why would anyone want Dana Loesch there? The other Repubs believe in SOME rights for gays, but why her?

    and @JASON- yeah, it would seem that if people go to events, they can't hate you that bad, but why would they- and why would someone want them? Personally, I think it's just giving her some street-cred with moderates?young-people to say she's not too much of a grumpy, no-fun Christian.

    Still- why have the most offensive people in your party headline your event- weird.

    Posted by: scott | Aug 25, 2012 4:44:22 PM

  24. S.E. Cupp? LOL

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 25, 2012 5:44:07 PM

  25. Why do we act as if GOProud is a legitimate gay organization? It was founded by social conservatives as a way to blunt the message within the Republican Party put forth by the Log Cabin Republicans. GOProud is nothing more than a disinformation front group for social conservatives. Let's stop acting like they are anything but.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Aug 25, 2012 7:06:20 PM

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