Michelangelo Signorile on GOProud

Michelangelo Signorile on GOProud

From Advocate.com: Michelangelo Signorile has an excellent essay on GOProud, the conservative self-loathing political group that seems to want to do anything for acceptance from those who will never accept them.

Justin Raimondo was the openly gay campaign manager of the virulently antigay Pat Buchanan’s 1992 presidential campaign. In the new century we had Ken Mehlman, chair of the Republican National Committee and, later, George W. Bush’s reelection campaign manager, who promoted anti–gay marriage amendments across the country, helping the GOP to win with hate. And let’s not forget Mary Cheney, who, like Mehlman now, is out, but gives money to antigay politicians even as she enjoys the benefits of hard-won gay rights advances.

Their motivations are probably unique to each but there are some commonalities: a desire to be close to power; a hunger for attention and GOP approval; a selfish devotion to Republican “fiscal” policies over civil rights; and a belligerence toward gay activists, whom they seem to detest.

GOProud’s Chris Barron fits right in, often appearing desperate for Republican acceptance, compromising his positions at a moment’s notice—if he even had any to begin with. Formerly political director for the Log Cabin Republicans, he broke away and cofounded GOProud, claiming that Log Cabin wasn’t conservative enough. Since its founding in 2009, GOProud slowly moved in the direction of not taking any pro-gay positions, all in an attempt to be included in the Republican Party, even though Barron oddly once tweeted that GOProud is “a gay organization, we only work on gay issues.”

Although at one point GOProud tweeted that “a gay organization, we only work on gay issues,” they don’t support any major legislation that would move the LGBT community closer to equality. They oppose the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which is now law; they don’t support gay marriage and repeal of DADT isn’t part of their legislative agenda. 

GOProud now also supports House speaker John Boehner defending section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in federal appeals court after President Obama announced he believed the law is unconstitutional — though Barron himself is legally married to a man in Washington, D.C.

All in all, it’s a very interesting essay about how desperate a group can be in wanting to be accepted by those who probably will never accept anything about them except their campaign dollars.

Read the whole thing essay here.