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New York Young Republican Club Writer Rants About Gay Flags, Suddenly Resigns

William Palumbo

The New York Young Republican Club has a problem with the gay flag. Specifically, the site's head of "Blog" William Palumbo took severe offense at the "gay/LGBTQ(RSTUVWXYZ)" pride flag being flown at U.S. embassies in London and Tel Aviv, so much so that he wondered if it were an impeachable offense. Yes, really.

Can I pose a serious question?  At what point does replacing the American flag with the rainbow flag, a symbol of gay/LGBTQ(RSTUVWXYZ) pride from embassies abroad become an impeachable offense in itself?

Concerned that the U.S. is becoming "the United States of Gaymerica", Palumbo went on to condemn gay ambassadors that have been sent abroad in the past.

This administration has a record of placing gay ambassadors in countries where they are not welcome. The Dominican Republic last November, for example, was pretty well outraged.

Naturally, none of this was accompanied by plans of action, proposals for solutions to the "problem" (such as it were), or anything else potentially productive. Just ranting and implications that Obama himself is having a queer relationship with the Emir of Qatar. The President of NYYRC Brian Morgenstern did take productive actions, however, and Palumbo has now resigned and Morgenstern issued an apology stating that Palumbo's views do not reflect the views of the club.

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  1. Typical self-hating h0m0!

    Posted by: ceem | Jul 16, 2014 8:30:49 AM

  2. It's truly looking as if open homophobia doesn't have the same traction it once did, even among Republicans. Hopefully, Mr. Palumbo has learned that hatred is not conducive to holding a job.

    Posted by: Nick | Jul 16, 2014 8:31:20 AM

  3. New York Young Republicans? Is the club a good 8 deep?

    Posted by: Eric | Jul 16, 2014 8:33:41 AM

  4. WTF?!? It's sad that he's so self-hating.

    Talking like that won't make the republicans like him any better. But sadly he doesn't get that.

    Posted by: kdknyc | Jul 16, 2014 8:39:45 AM

  5. Another disgusting, self-hating gay man. Very sad. He doesn't have to be a Democrat or Independent, but at least support your group and open your eyes to the damage that the party you align yourself with wishes to do to all gays and lesbians.

    Posted by: Ricster02150 | Jul 16, 2014 8:41:26 AM

  6. Don't worry Mr. Palumbo, you'll always be welcome as a writer at They LOVE articles that express your views over there; the more homophobically conservative the better! You'll be the belle of the ball.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jul 16, 2014 8:46:11 AM

  7. Baby Repugs are just as horrid as the grown ones, it seems.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 16, 2014 8:48:46 AM

  8. The self-loathing closet case could have a bright future at World Nut Daily or Twitchy. And by "bright" I mean: a continuation of the self-loathing, self-hating existence that he currently lives. As long as he keeps his "personal life" to himself they'll fully accept him, right?

    Posted by: Gigi | Jul 16, 2014 8:51:42 AM

  9. Bless his heart.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jul 16, 2014 8:51:52 AM

  10. nick

    i wouldn't be so hopeful

    NY repubs would be considered liberal in the south

    Posted by: Moz's | Jul 16, 2014 8:53:48 AM

  11. Why are there so many self-hating gays in the GOP? What is the GOP so attractive to self-hating gays?? Oh, who the hell cares as long as they don't belong to any of my clubs (where they'd be quickly dissed)???

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jul 16, 2014 9:28:39 AM

  12. Meltdown. He can't deal with the self-hate. Personal tragedy for him. This doesn't mean all Republicans are borderline nuts, just the young ones.

    Posted by: james street james | Jul 16, 2014 10:02:28 AM

  13. I suggest people read what else he said.
    Here is a quote: "consider that Mohamed Atta, a 9/11 hijacker from Egypt, was also gay, and this is not so uncommon among jihadis. Then consider Obama’s strange relationship with the Emir of Qatar."

    You see he's claiming that ALL gays are terrorist.

    Posted by: 1♥ | Jul 16, 2014 10:05:46 AM

  14. Actually, its the young Republicans that are evolving more quickly with respect to LGBT issues. Megan McCain is a very vocal supporter.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Jul 16, 2014 10:06:28 AM

  15. DUH...parents anyone??!!

    Posted by: Rowan | Jul 16, 2014 10:18:23 AM

  16. They are so cute before they pupate.

    Posted by: Raybob | Jul 16, 2014 10:29:10 AM

  17. Gay teabagger

    Posted by: Another Steve | Jul 16, 2014 10:39:19 AM

  18. The thing is, despite the firing b/c he said it publicly, he likely wouldn't have written it in the first place if this weren't completely okay language around the office.

    Never believe that these folks have acquiesced in their fight/belief that we don't deserve an equal place in society. Just like racism, they will simply become better at not getting caught.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Jul 16, 2014 10:47:06 AM

  19. Hey look everybody! I hate teh gay so much there is no way I could ever, ever, ever be one. EVER! Theriously.

    Posted by: uncle walt | Jul 16, 2014 10:47:19 AM

  20. I'm sure he could get a job in Uganda or Saudi Arabia.

    Posted by: woody | Jul 16, 2014 10:48:16 AM

  21. Umm... Guys, nowhere does anything suggest he's gay.

    Homophobe, yes.
    Gay, no.

    Posted by: KevinVt | Jul 16, 2014 10:50:35 AM

  22. Whenever I hear the words "gay republican"
    That's when I reach for my revolver.

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Jul 16, 2014 10:55:01 AM

  23. Thanks to KEVINVT for saying something sensible. Assuming that ranting homophobes are themselves queer is the kind of lazy thinking that makes rightist folks throw the word "liberal" into comments without giving any context. I often wonder if there's a special keyboard shortcut to do that automatically.

    Sixteen is a dangerous age for having opinions that you're moved to express in public.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Jul 16, 2014 11:16:31 AM

  24. It's so entertaining to watch the GOP lose their minds and pull their hair out over something as inconsequential as a rainbow flag.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jul 16, 2014 11:25:34 AM

  25. His comments are very much like any others you read on the Internet. Official blogs are supposed to 'elevate' debate, but he didn't get the memo.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 16, 2014 11:32:59 AM

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