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Profiling The Many Failures Of GOProud

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GOProud, the Tea Party-esque vanity project of founders Christopher Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia for self-destructive homos, fell apart this year after it was unable to compensate for the loss of its largest donor Paul Singer and both of its founders left the organization.

According to a piece at The Daily Beast, it seems that the problems actually begain much earlier and that GOProud was effectively done and over with a year ago. According to now-owner Matt Bechstein,

There was donor discontent, the organization was broke, they were having difficulty raising money, and they ruined just about every relationship possible.

Sounds about right for an organization that found a "strong ally" in Ann Coulter.

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  1. Self-destructive is right, add self-loathing quislings to that as well.

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Jun 7, 2014 9:07:53 AM

  2. Salt meet wound.

    Posted by: RayJacksonMs | Jun 7, 2014 9:07:56 AM

  3. Gay Republican is an oxymoron and a deal breaker.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jun 7, 2014 9:27:18 AM

  4. There should be some political party to join for people who are both gay and fiscally conservative. But the Republican Party is not that. It is a party built around ignorance, bigotry, and paranoia - with gays, women, scientists, etc. as the scapegoats for the failings of their policies. They are a frightening manifestation of the worst in human kind, led by truly evil and scary people. Any LGBTQ person who thought they would be welcomed by these fascists was sadly deluded.

    Posted by: kit | Jun 7, 2014 9:30:07 AM

  5. It's the legacy of two bitter old queens, a failed catfight.

    Posted by: Ericinfla | Jun 7, 2014 9:31:43 AM

  6. Kit not only is the current GOP hostile to Gays, they aren't even fiscally conservative so it's even more baffling what any sane homo would want to be a part of it.

    Posted by: e.c. | Jun 7, 2014 9:47:58 AM

  7. It's still the NoGOProud.

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | Jun 7, 2014 9:52:18 AM

  8. How ANY self respecting homo can sit on the republican side of the aisle astonishes me, and always will.

    Posted by: puggleboy | Jun 7, 2014 10:00:14 AM

  9. @KIT There is a party where you can be gay and fiscally conservative. It's called The Democratic Party. Witness what Pres. Obama had done to rescue the nation's economy since 2008. Once again, Democrats clean up Republican profligacy and fiscal recklessness. Clinton had to do it after 12 years of Reagan/Bush. Obama has halved the national debt, reduced spending levels not seen since Eisenhower's era, and in spite of Republican intransigence has managed to get some modicum of economic growth. Once the ACA is in full swing, the private health care sector alone will experience tremendous growth and job creation. "Fiscally conservative" is a code word for bullsh*t, the worst kind of Republican bullsh*t. Today's Democratic Party is pro-growth, moderately pro-business but willing to reign in corporate excess and still help the American worker. The idea of "conservative"is dead, killed by Tea Batty extremists. "Fiscally conservative" as a "conservative" meme is also dead, killed by those very same fiscal conservatives whose hypocrisy is breathtaking in its audacity.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 7, 2014 10:02:11 AM

  10. Good Lord, I see a lot of over processing and botox. They look like mannequins. Very Norma Desmond....refusing to accept reality.

    Posted by: wct | Jun 7, 2014 10:28:51 AM

  11. omg! Ann Coulter is NO friend of the gay community....UGH!

    Posted by: Bernie | Jun 7, 2014 10:59:20 AM

  12. The Republican Party appeals to people who like simple-minded "principles" because it's easier to be "principled" than to think about things. Unfortunately for them nineteenth century principles don't work in today's economy. The Bush/Cheney economic disaster was anything but conservative.

    Romney's main appeal was snob appeal. "We're not one of THEM" they say to themselves, we deserve everything we've not worked for.

    Looks like the money pot at GOProud ran out and so did the founders. So they do have some economic principles!

    Posted by: james street james | Jun 7, 2014 11:04:55 AM

  13. Ofcourse GOProud failed, get a bunch of priviledged,self-serving narcissists in one room and everything goes down hill. They tried way too hard to be accepted by right-wings who despise the existence of gay people. They wanted to be part of the old boys club so they can hate on women, blacks, Latinos and liberal gays.

    Gay Republicans have done absolutely nothing to help advance the rights of the gay community. There's marriage equality in 19 states because of Democrats and the gay left.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Jun 7, 2014 12:26:28 PM


    Boys, no matter how many racist comments you made (Jimmy LaSalvia's fabricated story about being attacked by "BLACK YOUTHS"), no matter how many asinine comments (Chris Barron's "The Gay Left = The American Taliban" nonsense....) they always remained cowardly wimps who didn't command respect, nor deserve it.

    Time to put two and two together, boys - your way hasn't worked. at all.

    their not being invited to CPAC. a few times. GOOD.
    remember how they "represented gays" when they were at CPAC? no? don't worry - i can show you.

    yay! Here we are, representing gay republicans! whaddya wanna say? "I don't like gay people that much, stereotypical gay people," says the total Mary.

    I have pity for gay republicans - to an extent. Pity that they're born into sh**ty republican families. but a great many of my best friends were born into shi**y republican families - they grew brains and spines and defied their bigotry and called it out.

    the GOProud boys are a perfect example of what a man is reduced to when he neuters himself in the hopes of achieving "tolerance" - not love, not acceptance; pithy conditional tolerance.

    GOProud gets angry at anything they can spin agains liberals. and ignores the no-spin-needed bigotry of the GOP, including their friend Ann Coulter. of COURSE they love Ann Coulter. she reminds them of their families - she openly mocks and expresses her disdain for them - and they lap it up.

    Barron, LaSalvia, and even the losers over the the LCR - at some point realize that the reason your families and communities hate gay people are not "because of gay liberals" - but because they're ignorant and bigoted people. And you're just like them. Your lives, thus far, have been a waste and a failure.

    cheers to the end of your joke of an organization

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 7, 2014 1:06:51 PM

  15. Welcome to the GAY FOX NEWS. No slant here.

    Posted by: GBeing | Jun 7, 2014 2:24:17 PM

  16. I never understood nor do I understand being gay and is one of the biggest oxymorons! How do you justify being part of a group that hates you and you continually have to BEG to be part of?!?!? I call it internalized homophobia... and that bs that one is fiscally conservative is bunk! Does that ever work out???!?!?!?

    Posted by: Bernie | Jun 7, 2014 2:42:26 PM

  17. Bernie, it's simple. Just because some of us are gay doesn't mean we need to march lockstep with you liberals and care about things like the environment and the economy and jobs and equality for all Americans, ok? Some of us just need to find a way to make our white republican parents a little less ashamed of us than usual, and being republican and never standing up for ourselves is how we've found a way to do it. Sure, we're not loved. Ok, so we're not accepted. But our parents hate us a little bit less, so it's worth it, ok?

    This is why we gay republican commenters can't ever show ourselves, or make our statements from a place of visibility, we only troll. Do you have ANY idea how disappointed my family are of me? I've cut my own balls of, I've hated liberals, i've hatred the left, I've hated non-whites, and STILL they barely can bring themselves to pretend that they love me.

    That's why I'm a republican. Hoping that one day all my work as a doormat will mean i'm let back inside the house.

    Posted by: GBeing | Jun 7, 2014 2:50:23 PM

  18. @jamal49: What you said! When a gay person tells me, "I'm fiscally conservative," what I hear is, "I make a lot of money and don't to pay my share of taxes."

    Posted by: BrianM | Jun 7, 2014 2:55:56 PM

  19. The Ministry of Propaganda at the GOP, led by people like Frank Luntz, Karl Rove, and Roger Ailes, has long sought the Holy Grail of rightwing politics... which is convincing groups like gays, blacks, Hispanics, and women that they are actually helped by "Republican Principles"

    In reality, they know their policies are the absolute opposite of "in the best interests" of these demographic groups. However, these men are not stupid (evil, yes), they know political science. They know that in an era of close elections, all they need is to peel off a few voters from each of these voting blocks to gain a majority. They'll say or do anything to win.

    As the big-mouthed, egomaniac host of "Morning Joe" often advises GOP candidates, "Keep quiet about controversial social issues, just get yourself elected. Then you'll have the power to enact anything you want"

    Naive gays who may have greedy or racist tendencies to begin with are prime targets to abandon their own self-dignity & vote for their oppressors.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Jun 7, 2014 3:01:58 PM

  20. Well, Jonny, you also forget the biggest factor for us gay republicans: our parents are already embarrassed and ashamed that we're gay. If they ever thought that we were also LIBERALS they'd totally cut us out of their wills.

    Posted by: GBeing | Jun 7, 2014 3:08:33 PM

  21. KIWI-ISM LIVES: Kiew is posting under my name (GBeing) to try to cure his constipation. My last post was about this being "GAY FOX NEWS" Don't be taken in by this "precocious 32 year old!" There is nothing profound about his arguments. They are old news. But from his antiquated Canadian perch they are gems. Try as he might he can't compete with LA America.

    Posted by: RealGBEING | Jun 7, 2014 3:20:27 PM

  22. And yet try as I might, I'll always be an anonymous wimp. One more reason my GOP-leaning family doesn't respect me. I'm not man enough to command respect. Remember folks - those of us who make our boastful claims from a place of anonymity do so because we don't have the orbs to be visible.

    That's we we troll. We're simply not strong enough to stand up to be counted. RIP GOProud.

    Posted by: GBeing | Jun 7, 2014 3:26:16 PM

  23. @GBEING,

    You forgot one thing. Shoes! I remember one of the gay republicans on the 'reality show' "A List New York" speaking to two other gay republicans and Anne Coulter say that the reason why he is a gay republican is because he wants to be able to buy more shoes...

    (Your reasoning was more honest and self-reflective though)

    Posted by: MostOfMyWords | Jun 7, 2014 3:27:10 PM

  24. Go outside Kiwi. You need some exercise.

    Posted by: RealGBEING | Jun 7, 2014 3:29:08 PM

  25. usual you're right on the money...both as "Kiwi" and "G". Gay republicans...just saying that hurts...are often motivated by money...sometimes self-loathing...usually a combination of both.
    Luckily it's a rare form of self destruction
    and impossible to reconcile. Who they are and what they really think is a mystery...but I'm sure they're in a lot of pain.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Jun 7, 2014 3:31:29 PM

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