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Republican Lesbians Look For Larger Role In Party

ElephantRoomAs liberal lesbians set-up a super PAC to fight for LGBT progress, their counterparts on the right are looking for a place in the GOP.

From a New York Times article called "Lesbian Republicans, Long a Rare Political Breed, Raise Their Profiles":

“Oh, we’re like unicorns,” said Erin Simpson, 51, who cites “personal liberty” as a fundamental value and teaches firearms safety in Tucson, Ariz. Ms. Simpson, who came out in February, was “very disheartened” by Mitt Romney’s loss — one fueled, in part, by overwhelming gay support for President Obama.

There is no way to measure their true numbers, but gay activists say that in many cases, these “unicorns” began life as Republicans first — driven by conservative upbringings, economic issues and libertarian principles. They often did not acknowledge their sexual orientation, even to themselves, until middle age.

In interviews, these Republicans say they often feel like the odd women out, in their party and among other lesbians. But these women are beginning to make their presence known...

In addition to gaining equal footing in the GOP as a whole, these women face another challenge, one universal for the Republicans at large: convincing younger voters to join their ranks. Good luck with that.

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  1. So much hatred in these comments for gay Republicans. It's sad.

    Awesome, I wish her luck and hope the GOP drops its anti-gay policies sooner rather than later.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Nov 26, 2012 6:39:22 PM


  2. @Anonymous: and the GOP spew no hatred at gays? It's sad.

    Posted by: BETTY | Nov 26, 2012 8:06:16 PM


  3. the GOP won't drop it's anti-gay and anti-choices polices AT ALL in the next 50 years.

    why? being anti-gay and anti-choice and anti-Brown-People are the only way they can get the votes of their base, the vast majority of whom in no way benefit from the GOP's fiscal policies.

    do you think top-ranking Republican candidates talk about gays and abortions when they're speaking to rooms full of millionaires? No. Of course not.

    They only mention that to the people whom they're going to financially screw over.

    "So, uh, if you vote for us we'll make sure that gays don't convert your sons at church and we'll make sure that Jeebus becomes your new State Bird. Oh by the way, pray your daughter doesn't get sick. Ever. Our policies won't help you pay for her treatments."

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 26, 2012 8:13:13 PM


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