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Gays Find Place at CPAC

This year's Conservative Political Action Conference had barred gay groups Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud from officially participating. They're still not, but...

The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin reports:

LasalviaA sponsor for the upcoming CPAC gathering, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, will use a room assigned to the free-market conservative think tank to conduct a pro-gay rights panel titled, “A Rainbow on the Right: Growing the Coalition, Bringing Tolerance Out of the Closet.” CEI spokesman Brian McNicoll says via e-mail, “As a sponsor, CEI gets use of a room for two hours.” For the “Rainbow on the Right” panel, McNicoll tells me that Fred Smith, a CEI head, is moderating. Liz Mair, Jonah Goldberg, Margaret Hoover and Jimmy LaSalvia of GOProud are all confirmed.

Added Rubin:

CEI did not disguise its intentions from the CPAC organizers, who have been roundly criticized for excluding prominent conservatives such as Govs. Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie, as well as GOProud. McNicoll says, “We turned in the name [of the panel] and chose it so there could be no doubt what we were trying to do.” He says that there was “complete radio silence,” and the session was put on the schedule.

CPAC takes place on March 14-16 in D.C..

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  1. This is just getting sad.

    Posted by: Emmy | Mar 7, 2013 6:45:24 PM

  2. Humiliation fetishists in a suit and tie.

    Posted by: John Normile | Mar 7, 2013 6:47:38 PM

  3. Poor gay Republicans. Content with sitting in the back of the bus.

    Posted by: Firestorm | Mar 7, 2013 7:02:40 PM

  4. No shock there. It's always okay to talk ABOUT queers, as long as everyone agrees they aren't real people or have to associate with them in public.

    And, they'll be limited to the one room, and probably have to use the employee's entrance and all, so that's okay.

    Clearly labeling the panel also helps decent people avoid the discussion, so all's good.

    Now it will be interesting to see what gets scheduled at the same time. If there's some "must attend" big-ticket session going on that will siphon everyone off and give them cover, that will be quite telling.

    Posted by: Lymis | Mar 7, 2013 7:09:08 PM

  5. *facepalm* "Bringing tolerance out of the closet" should lead any self-respecting LGBT person to get thoroughly pissed. We're to be "tolerated" now? Is that the goal? By that logic anything short of killing us or imprisoning us is sound public policy, right? Just as long as we're "tolerated." And then to appropriate the "out of the closet" terminology on top of that.

    I can understand that LGBT people can hold conservative positions on some issues. I get that. But given the GOP of the last few decades it's just stupid, self-hating, and damaging to imagine we have the luxury of any alignment with republicanism.

    Posted by: Thomas | Mar 7, 2013 7:13:54 PM

  6. I'll say it:

    What a bunch of self-hating flipping f@gs.

    I might, just might understand, if Republicans actually made your wallet fatter but they drain the economy whenever they're in power.

    Posted by: Michael | Mar 7, 2013 7:16:48 PM


    Posted by: Bob | Mar 7, 2013 7:18:58 PM

  8. I don't know what is more pathetic, the hateful behavior of CPAC or that this alleged gay panel will accept sloppy seconds..........

    Posted by: Bernie | Mar 7, 2013 7:22:15 PM

  9. ...sloppy seconds...? ..more like 3rds or they have no self respect?

    Posted by: disgusted american | Mar 7, 2013 7:27:10 PM

  10. Come on girls. I quit going where I am not wanted long ago.

    Posted by: melvin | Mar 7, 2013 8:05:02 PM

  11. I don't think the increasingly frantic religious right will stand for this. We'll see if the forum actually takes place.

    Posted by: niles | Mar 7, 2013 8:20:14 PM

  12. Pay no attention to the gay self loathers behind the curtain.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Mar 7, 2013 8:55:16 PM

  13. Is the lesson I'm supposed to take away that "if you stay in an abusive relationship long enough, they may come around (a little.)"

    Posted by: seito | Mar 7, 2013 9:03:54 PM

  14. Weren't they in "boys in the band"?

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Mar 8, 2013 3:21:44 AM

  15. Many of you are showing little capacity for a big picture. How long precisely has the Democratic Party been a "friend" of gay people? Weren't you complaining that 17 years ago Bill Clinton signed DOMA after Joe Biden voted for it?

    If gay people are only present and vocal in the Democratic Party, then what precisely is the DNC's motivation to work towards our interests? And do we simply write off the FIFTY PERCENT who voted Republican last time around?

    Are gay people supposed to be beholden to the DNC and support all of their hair brained positions on immigration, gun control, war, the economy, etc...?

    You talk like fools sometimes. Stop thinking like a bunch of high school kids who think they are running with the cool group. There is no cool group, there are people with whom you agree and people with ago you disagree. If you would bother to actually look at positions and underlying reason, many of you would find that you have at least as much in common with the average Republican, perhaps more.

    No, I am not a Republican but I tell the Democratic leadership to go fluk themselves at every opportunity. Debbie Shultz is not your friend. She is HER friend.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 8, 2013 9:14:02 AM

  16. i wonder if they'll spend their time working to show that LGBT people are humans of worth and beauty, who deserve respect and Equality?

    because last time they were there their spokesmen spent the entire time slandering "stereotypical gays", and "liberals" and "other gay people", rather than doing any sort of proactive and community-helping bridge building.

    there ya go.

    these gay republican groups simply don't build bridges: they're too busy acting like cowards and throwing "the gay left" under the bus in order to buy one more day of tolerance from the right-wing who continue to loathe them

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 8, 2013 10:22:04 AM

  17. btw, remember when LaSalvia totall fabricated that story about "being attacked by a bunch of black youths" , and how he then "reached into his bag to mimic getting a gun, which then scared them off?"

    who, besides members of the Party of Stupid, would believe such a nonsense story?

    you can't make up stories about black people in order to "make a point" about gun control, ya bigoted hack.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 8, 2013 10:25:12 AM

  18. I have as much in common with the average Republican as I have with the commenter David Hearne. Which is to say: not much at all.

    Posted by: antb | Mar 8, 2013 10:30:01 AM

  19. @ ANTB -

    I have sold real estate for 20 years. You simply can't do that successfully without getting to know all kinds of people. I think you are either a cloistered moonbat or too intellectually lazy to examine your positions and associations. Even a communist poet sitar player in a studio apartment in San Francisco has many things in common with your average Republican. What do you imagine makes you so special?

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 8, 2013 12:30:27 PM

  20. it's very simple, Hearne - look at the video i posted.

    as long as the cowardly right-wings refuse to work to actually build bridges and promote LGBT equality to their fellow republicans, "we" are better off having no presence there at all.

    better no gays than the doormat-gays who attend CPAC and then spend their time saying things like "well, i don't like gay people either. they're so stereotypical. i hate liberals. do you accept me yet?"

    the answer remains a resounding NO.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 8, 2013 12:45:38 PM

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