Showing posts with label Gay Republican. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gay Republican. Show all posts

July 17, 2018

FL Gay Republican Calls The Cops on Black Woman Over CVS Coupon

Edgewater CVS racial incident involved gay Republican candidate by Matt Simonette 

Pharmacy giant CVS has apologized to a Black Chicago woman after an Edgewater manager—a white, openly gay man who is also running for 48th Ward alderman—phoned the police after she reportedly attempted to use a coupon he didn't recognize late on July 13.Camilla Hudson posted a cellphone video to social media July 14 that showed a visibly trembling Morry Matson speaking on the phone with police after she attempted to purchase an item using a manufacturer's coupon he alleged that she'd forged. The video was deleted by Facebook at one point, but Hudson was able to repost it.

The CVS outlet in question is at 6150 N. Broadway.

Prior to announcing his aldermanic bid, Matson said that he was heading up an effort to revitalize the local branch of the Log Cabin Republicans. He has long been active in an effort to further extend the Lakefront Path; that effort was at one point derailed when a referendum petition Matson organized was discovered to have a number of fraudulent signatures.

Chicago Sun-Times reported on the apology by Woonsocket, Rhode Island-based CVS July 14. Spokesperson Mike DeAngelis told the paper that, "We sincerely apologize to Ms. Hudson for her experience in one of our stores. Our Region Director in Chicago contacted Ms. Hudson as soon as we were made aware of this incident. CVS has begun an investigation and we will take any corrective action that is warranted to prevent it from happening again."

Hudson noted on Facebook that Matson's trembling, visible on her video, only started when he phoned 911 a second time.

"Morry Matson was not shaking and not having tremors of any kind when he first started assisting me at the self-checkout register in the store," she said. "He also did not have any tremors when we moved over to a regular register for him to assist me with the sale. He had no tremors when he initially warned me of having called the police. The tremors began when he called the police for what he said was the second time—which is the 911 call I videotaped."
State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, who is also running to be the state's next lieutenant governor and is a childhood friend of Hudson's, weighed in on the matter on Twitter: "Yesterday the police were called by a @cvspharmacy employee who assumed she had the wrong coupon. We cannot take lightly the calling of police on black people carrying out normal, everyday activities. It's traumatizing and it's wrong."

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, added on Twitter: "Dear Mr. Matson: This isn't how we treat our neighbors in Edgewater. You're an embarrassment. … Let this racist fool know the people of the 48th Ward deserve better."

Chicago Sun-Times' article is at BIT.LY/2LMJTCX           

Just the fact that this Manager is gay and Republican convicted of felony years back, according to sources, should tell you the whole story. There are scumbag gays just like there are straights and watch out if they are politicians. There is One of those in my own borough, a little guy that is gay and even a democrat but in my opinion, he is there for the job not what the job can do for people. Suggestion:  Never vote for someone because they are gay is one of the lessons we can get from this man. Check what he/she says and see the negatives talk of the people in his own party.

November 18, 2017

Married Anti Gay GOP Representative Quits After Caught in The Moment with Another Man

 Men loving Wes and his Wes loving wife Bethany

A Republican representative who campaigned against gay rights has quit after he was caught having gay sex in his office. Wes Goodman, 33, admitted to the House Speaker that he had consensual sex with another man in his office in Ohio. Jesse Jackson reveals he's battling Parkinson's disease Mr. Goodman, who is in his first term, has previously pushed for ‘a committed natural marriage’ – i.e. between a man and a woman. On his campaign website, he wrote: ‘Healthy, vibrant, thriving, values-driven families are the source of Ohio’s proud history and the key to Ohio’s future greatness. 

‘The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting.’ Pictured here with his wife, Bethany Goodman (Picture: Facebook) The sex with another man is said to have happened several months ago at his Riffe Center office and he is not believed to have been on Goodman’s staff. The man has not complained about the sex, but another person is said to have witnessed it and informed the Chief of Staff. 

Elon Musk unveils 'fastest production car ever' during the launch of Tesla semi-truck Goodman has removed his social media accounts amid rumors that had been spreading about his conduct. But after being caught with his pants down, he’s now quit. He said: ‘We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life. That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service.   He said he sincerely regretted his actions as he stood down (Picture: Facebook) ‘For those whom I have let down, I’m sorry.’ 

Republican House Speaker Clifford Rosenberger said he learned  on Tuesday that Goodman had engaged in ‘inappropriate behavior related to his state office.’ ‘I met with him later in the day where he acknowledged and confirmed the allegations,’ Rosenberger said in a statement. ‘It became clear that his resignation was the most appropriate course of action for him, his family, the constituents of the 87th House District and this institution.’ 

According to his website, Goodman is a conservative Christian and former congressional campaign staffer to Republican U.S. Representative Jim Jordan. He served as managing director of the Conservative Action Project, leading ‘the fight for conservative principles like the balanced budget, lower taxes, repealing Obamacare, life, and religious liberty,’ his site says. 

Donald Trump looks like he's passing very uncomfortable stool in latest photo fail His resignation is the latest to hit the Ohio Legislature since sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced, touching off a national wave of similar alleged misconduct by entertainers, politicians, and others. Veteran Ohio Senator Clifford Hite, a Republican from Findlay, resigned on October 16 after a sexual harassment complaint was filed against him. According to an investigative memo, Hite had inappropriate conversations and physical contact with a female legislative staff member for two months and repeatedly propositioned her for sex.

August 8, 2017

The Two Faces of HomosexuaL, Trumpy Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel has said publicly that Trump’s administration is “off to a terrific start.” Privately, he’s told friends that there is a 50% chance the current presidency “ends in disaster.”
Donald Trump’s most prominent Silicon Valley supporter has distanced himself from the president in multiple private conversations, describing at different points this year an “incompetent” administration, and one that may well end in “disaster.”
Peter Thiel’s unguarded remarks have surprised associates, some of whom are still reeling from his full-throated endorsement of Trump at the Republican National Convention. And while the investor stands by the president in public — “I support President Trump in his ongoing fight," he said in a statement to BuzzFeed News — his private doubts underscore the fragility of the president's backing from even his most public allies. Thiel’s comments may sting in particular in the White House as they come amid a series of hasty and embarrassed departures from the Trump train, as conservative voices from the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page to the floor of the US Senate have begun to distance themselves from the administration.
Thiel’s views remain private — but various disparaging comments were recounted to BuzzFeed News by three separate sources, and others who subsequently confirmed those accounts. These people requested anonymity for fear of damaging personal relationships and possible retribution.
While Thiel told Trump that he is off to a “terrific start” at a White House event in June, his previous statements to friends and associates did not reflect that sentiment. In half a dozen private conversations with friends that were described to BuzzFeed News dating from spring 2016 to as recently as May, Thiel, who served on the Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee, has criticized Trump and his administration and developed increasingly pessimistic feelings about the president.
The sources who talked with BuzzFeed News spent time with Thiel in private group settings before and after the election at his homes in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Hawaii, engaging in candid discussions on the PayPal cofounder’s politics and his backing of Trump. At one event with friends in January 2017, Thiel said of Trump’s presidency that “there is a 50% chance this whole thing ends in disaster,” according to two people who were in attendance. In other conversations, he questioned the president’s ability to be reelected.
Thiel, through a spokesperson, did not deny any of the quotes attributed to him by his friends and associates when approached by BuzzFeed News.
"The night he won the election, I said President Trump would face an awesomely difficult task,” Thiel said in a statement. "Today it's clear that resistance to change in Washington, D.C. has been even fiercer than I anticipated. We still need change. I support President Trump in his ongoing fight to achieve it.”
Within the White House, Thiel has been one of the few outsiders to crack Trump’s inner circle, which values one characteristic above all else: loyalty. The investor, whose book Zero to Onereportedly became essential reading for Trump campaign staffers, gained that trust after a well-received Republican National Convention speech. Following Trump's election to the presidency, Thiel helped select political appointees for the new administration and as of August, was still advising the president on technology policy matters. During a December 2016 meeting of technology executives in New York City, Trump wrung Thiel’s hand and called him “a very special guy.”
“He got just about the biggest applause at the Republican National Convention,” Trump said as cameras snapped away in a room that included Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. “He’s ahead of the curve, and I want to thank him.”

President Donald Trump shakes the hand of billionaire venture capitalist and transition team member Peter Thiel during a meeting with technology executives at Trump Tower in December.
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President Donald Trump shakes the hand of billionaire venture capitalist and transition team member Peter Thiel during a meeting with technology executives at Trump Tower in December.
Thiel’s views on Trump began to evolve during spring 2016, according to people close to him. In one private event at his home in San Francisco, he was cautious not to fully endorse Trump, but positioned him as a better option than Bernie Sanders, who he considered far too extreme, and Hillary Clinton, who he thought would be disastrous for trade and tax policy. When someone asked about Trump, however, Thiel, who had previously given $2 million to a Super PAC for then–GOP candidate Carly Fiorina, said that the bombastic Republican populist had a much better shot at winning the presidency than most pundits suggested, according to one person in attendance.
By May of that year, the billionaire investor was ready to tie himself to Trump. He was named a California delegate for the RNC that month, and by July, he was announced as a speaker at the event on the same day as the Republican candidate and his daughter Ivanka Trump. The crowd cheered Thiel’s six-minute speech, in which he declared himself proud to be gay and proud to be a Republican, garnering plenty of applause from Trump’s sons Eric and Donald Jr.
“He saw an opportunity to help somebody, who was not a sure thing, and get in on the ground floor,” said a friend of Thiel’s on his decision to speak at the RNC.
The RNC would be the first time Thiel met with Trump and his family in person. In a private dinner that summer following the event, a person who attended described Thiel as “giddy” and excited about the crowd’s reaction to his speech. This person also told BuzzFeed News that Thiel freely offered his first impressions of the Republican candidate, characterizing him as having “narcissistic tendencies.” He also suggested, in a claim that would be reiterated later, that if Trump were to be elected, there was a half probability that his presidency would end in failure.
The billionaire venture capitalist remained relatively quiet through the summer of 2016, avoiding interviews about Trump and Gawker Media, after Forbes revealed in May that Thiel had been secretly footing former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan's legal bills against the New York news organization. Gawker, which lost a landmark invasion-of-privacy lawsuit in a Florida court and was forced to pay $140 million in damages to Hogan, filed for bankruptcy and sold its assets to Univision Communications in August. Thiel said little publicly about the case.
He spent part of the summer traveling, taking advantage of his American, German, and New Zealand passports, the last of which has garnered its own controversy. Thiel’s Kiwi citizenship, which he’s held since 2011, was not revealed until the New Zealand Herald discovered in January that the government had granted him a passport under an “extraordinary circumstances” exception after he had spent 12 days in the country. “I am happy to say categorically that I have found no other country that aligns more with my view of the future than New Zealand,” Thiel wrote in his 2011 citizenship application, which was later released by the Kiwi government earlier this year after media pressure. Thiel's US$3.5 million property in Queenstown — referred to by locals as "the Plasma Screen" because of its expansive glass facade — was severely damaged in a suspected gas leak fire in August 2016, according to construction documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.
"What Trump represents isn’t crazy and it’s not going away."
That September, Thiel penned an opinion piece for the Washington Post that highlighted Trump’s antiestablishment nature and “heretical denial of Republican dogma,” while largely ignoring the candidate’s policy initiatives. That was followed up by a $1.25 million donation — less than .05% of his $2.7 billion net worth, as estimated by Forbes — to Trump’s campaign in October. In dinners that fall in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Thiel was described by someone who attended both as “excited” and “positive” about Trump, emphasizing how good he would be for tax issues. Thiel’s boyfriend, Matt Danzeisen, also spoke about his support of Trump during at least one of these dinners, though was described as much more moderate, said that person.
Thiel’s only meaningful speaking appearance outside of the RNC came on Halloween day at Washington’s National Press Club, where he delivered a speech on Trump’s promise as a political outsider. "Trump’s agenda is about making America a normal country,” he said. Thiel also spent time addressing the candidate’s flaws, following the release of an Access Hollywoodtape where Trump discussed sexually assaulting a woman. He called the comments “clearly offensive and inappropriate” and later noted in the same speech that “nobody would suggest that Donald Trump is a humble man.”
“No matter what happens in this election, what Trump represents isn’t crazy and it’s not going away,” he said.
At a gathering at his home in Los Angeles the weekend before the election, a source in attendance said Thiel reiterated that point. But in at least one private conversation, Thiel admitted he didn’t have much confidence in either candidate. Whoever wins, he said, will likely be a one-term president, according to a person familiar with the discussion, with Thiel predicting that there would be a major financial catastrophe in the next four years. 
Trump’s victory was a marketing coup for Thiel. With a reputation as a renegade investor whose contrarian but prescient bets on companies like Facebook and SpaceX had paid off handsomely, Thiel — one of the few Silicon Valley elite to openly support Trump — now had a victory in the political sphere. The news media lauded his winning bet, with some speculating he might be named to the Supreme Court, a past dream of the Stanford University law degree holder.
While Thiel quickly shot down rumors of a Supreme Court appointment, he was named to Trump’s transition team. There he worked with two acolytes — Blake Masters, his Zero to Onecoauthor, and Trae Stephens, a former engineer at the Thiel-founded government contractor Palantir Technologies — to source and vet science and technology appointments.
One Trump campaign insider told BuzzFeed News that Thiel had his pick of cabinet positions, but never showed true interest in taking a permanent government job. Instead, he focused on adding his associates to positions of power. Thiel’s former chief of staff Michael Kratsios was named as deputy chief technology officer, while another former colleague, Kevin Harrington, joined the National Security Council as deputy assistant to the president. Justin Mikolay, an evangelist for Palantir — the Thiel-founded data-analysis company — was given a role in the Defense Department.
Thiel and his associates managed to steer clear of much of the infighting that troubled the Trump transition team in its early days. But they didn't escape unscathed. One source in a position to know told BuzzFeed News that when other transition members discovered that Stephens had not voted for Trump, he was summarily isolated from the group, souring some people’s perspectives on progress with the weeks-old administration.
"There is a 50% chance this whole thing ends in disaster."
A spokesperson at Founders Fund, the Thiel-led venture capital outfit where Stephens is now a partner, declined to comment.
After organizing a meeting with technology leaders at Manhattan’s Trump Tower in December, where he was thanked profusely by the president-elect, Thiel spent the New Year’s holiday in Maui with about a dozen friends. While he worked for some of the time, he engaged with his close friends at meals and events, debating Trump’s merits with some of his more liberal attendees. According to two people in attendance, Thiel described the administration as a work in progress and discounted the suggestion that progress on social issues like gay marriage might be rolled back in the next four years. But these same people said Thiel tempered his enthusiasm with a caveat during one meal, remarking that "there is a 50% chance this whole thing ends in disaster."
After about a week of relaxing in Maui, his guests, who included Y-Combinator President Sam Altman for part of the time, headed back to their jobs. Thiel readied himself to go back to New York, and later, the inauguration. 
Thiel was one of the few chosen for a seat at the inauguration morning service at St. John’s Episcopal Church, and sat near the president during Trump's inauguration speech on January 20, BuzzFeed News has confirmed. In addition, on the night before the inauguration, he made an appearance at a Trump supporter event called the DeploraBall, but quickly left after being approached by reporters (including one from BuzzFeed News) inquiring about his role on Trump's transition team.
Later that month, he was back at his home in the Hollywood Hills, hosting a dinner in celebration for Hulk Hogan. While the two had never come into personal contact during the Gawker lawsuit, they met after the trial and became somewhat close. Thiel had even dressed up like the former WWE superstar during a December celebration at Trump donor Robert Mercer’s home.
The January dinner in Los Angeles was billed as a celebration of the former professional wrestler, and was also attended by Hogan’s attorney Charles Harder and other guests, who went home with goody bags of Hogan memorabilia. One guest in attendance recalled light political discussion, but nothing notable about Trump. Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, would also speak about his life at the San Francisco office of Thiel Capital, Thiel's private investment firm.
“There’s some resonances between Hogan beating Gawker and Trump beating the establishment in this country,” Thiel told the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd in a preinauguration conversation, perhaps the most revealing interview the billionaire has given in the last year.
“I always have very low expectations, so I’m rarely disappointed,” he said of his role in the administration.
Even with his low expectations and his views on possible failure, Thiel hasn’t completely hidden his disappointment. At an event in May in San Francisco, he was described by one guest who was in attendance as “annoyed” with the first months of Trump’s presidency. With little policy being established by the White House, Thiel worried that the the next four years would be defined by stagnation and stressed the notion that he didn’t think Trump would be reelected.
In describing the administration, Thiel used one defining word in front of his guests: “incompetent.”●

BuzzfeedRyan Mac
With reporting from Nicola Harvey in Sydney.

April 30, 2017

100 Gay GOP Meet in NYC to Criticize Other Gays and Make Fun of Transgender's

A forum at the Metropolitan Republican Club in New York City on Thursday night was billed as an "all-star" collection of activists in the "new gay movement in the Republican Party." And indeed, panelists inside the tony brownstone on Manhattan's Upper East Side were among the country’s most notable conservative gay-rights activists.
But rather than detail how they were building a new movement — or discuss their influence in the nascent Trump administration — the gay men on stage spent most of two hours ridiculing the left while peppering their speeches with cheap cracks about transgender people.
They mocked President Obama’s LGBT liaison as "the most unattractive tranny," joked that Caitlyn Jenner hadn't had "the operation," and said Obama-era rules to protect transgender students were “horrifying.”
People of color and women fared little better with the all-white, five-member panel. One claimed the gender wage gap was "a total fucking myth," while another opined that black people don't face oppression because they aren't enslaved. Then he laughed about adopted Asian babies.
Above it all, the panelists — who ranged from journalists to political operatives — chastised a culture of political correctness and “fetishizing” identity, arguing that liberals have cried wolf at the Trump administration and lost credibility. They praised a clear cultural shift among conservatives to be more tolerant of LGBT people. And while they shrugged off legal protections for transgender people, they were confident guys like them are at home in the Republican fold.
Over the past year, BuzzFeed News has chronicled the rise of gay conservatives, from a frenzy during the Trump campaign to their cocky attitudes during the transition. They clinked champagne glasses at a “Gays for Trump DeploraBall” on Inauguration Day. They were faithful Trump, who has both supported and opposed marriage equality, could lay out a welcome mat for gay Republicans unlike any president before.
This week, nearly 100 days into Trump’s term, these gay Republican activists had a chance to assess their success.
Or they could make fun of people. 
Jeff Goolsby, the forum’s moderator and the secretary of the Metropolitan Republican Club, kicked off the night with a few jokes. “Some people might say, 'Hey, you have four white, maybe rich, guys on your panel,'” he said. “Listen, I am not going to assume any of their genders. Just kidding.”
“Caitlyn Jenner said she can’t do it until after the operation,” he continued, to hoots of laughter.
To illustrate the left’s knee-jerk histrionics over Trump, Lucian Wintrich, who led a project during the campaign called Twinks for Trump, blasted Obama's LGBT liaison — a transgender woman named Raffi Freedman-Gurspan.
“Begrudgingly, I’ll say ‘she,’” said Wintrich, implying that he didn’t consider her a woman. He went on to call her “the most unattractive tranny," a line that cast the packed room of Republicans into guffaws under golden chandeliers and star-spangled bunting.
His point was that Freedman-Gurspan only held the position for a few months, he said, so progressives were overreacting when Trump didn’t appoint a replacement liaison. “A lot of people will say, 'I guess we had this bureaucrat who was fighting for a couple weeks before Obama left office.'”
But Wintrich, who is also a White House correspondent for the alt-right site Gateway Pundit, neglected to mention that Obama actually had an LGBT liaison since 2014 — which undermines his claim the position had only been around “a couple weeks.”
“Now we have to talk about trans bathrooms,” jumped in Chadwick Moore, a former writer for Out magazine who was excoriated online for writing a soft-focus profile about Milo Yiannopoulos last year. Afterward, he came out as a Republican in the New York Post.
Moore said guidance to protect transgender students issued by the Obama administration was “horrifying” because, he claimed, “it turned every bathroom and every locker room in the country gender-neutral.”
“So of course Donald Trump took that away,” said Moore, lauding the president for reversing the policy. “It shouldn’t be there. We’re going have trans kids taking dumps in the streets? What were they doing before Obama did this?”
Rather than criticize the president — as groups on the left did when he withdrew the transgender guidance — the men argued that Trump has been a paragon for LGBT rights, in large part because he carried a pride flag on the campaign trail and said after the election that marriage equality is settled law.
Gregory T. Angelo, the head of the venerable Log Cabin Republicans, sought to demonstrate that he was a Republican above all else by condemning “radical Islamic terrorism” and Obamacare.
“Who told gay people that the only issues you can care about are marriage and LGBT nondiscrimination laws?” he said, pivoting to his political priorities. “If you are a gay individual, you should be very concerned about the Second Amendment rights to protect yourself by bearing firearms. Be concerned about radical Islamic terrorism and the threat that it poses to LGBT individuals…and Democrats ignore that.” Angelo smiled through much of the panel, yet he sat stoically amid the anti-transgender comments, but he never condemned them. However, he also boasted that Trump has given license for Republicans to speak more freely.
“We have Donald Trump to thank for eviscerating this politically correct culture,” he said. The Republican Party — not Democrats — “value people of all sexual orientations and gender identity.”
Wintrich added, “Islam inherently hates gay people. They hate Christians. They hate Western culture. They don’t understand why every woman in here isn’t wearing a polyester blanket.”
Sweeping criticism of Islam is familiar ground for gay Republicans, including Peter Boykin, the head of Gays for Trump, which tweeted recently that gay men should abandon transgender people politically and that “Islam is a cancerous cult of murder.”
 Yet the panelists didn’t bring up examples of Trump or the Republican-controlled Congress making strides on LGBT rights this year, nor did they cite making inroads with Trump’s team. Angelo briefly mentioned he was trying to meet with Trump, an acknowledgment that he's been unsuccessful so far.
“That request is already in to the White House, so stay tuned,” he said.
Nor did they explain an emerging strategy for this all-star gay movement or what, exactly, they were moving toward. Lacking those elements for discussion, they instead framed their conversation around the donkey in the room.
The Democratic Party lost Moore when he “started looking into the gender wage gap,” which he said is a key plank for Democrats. “I started realizing this is complete bullshit. The gender wage gap is a total fucking myth.”
On race, Wintrich blamed Democrats for trying to “segregate” people. “They are saying, ‘Black people, even though slavery is over, you’re oppressed. Vote for us. Or, gays, the right hates you.’”
“None of that is true,” he countered. “We are battling against a party that functions on lies and has no grasp of true reality.”
They repeatedly derided identity politics, which Wintrich mocked by describing his own identity — a gay man with a small bladder.
The underlying theme seemed to say: If these gay men, as ambassadors for a gay minority, could speak this way, their fellow Republicans in the room could also abandon political correctness on LGBT issues.
“I don’t give a shit about gay marriage,” said Wintrich, who contended that legal marriage made gay couples behave like nuclear families in the 1950s. “We want to adopt, maybe Asian children — that’s popular now. And the entire thing is just so ridiculous. It’s a side conversation.”
The most reserved, moderate panelist was Fred Karger, who has worked on numerous Republican campaigns, including for President Reagan, and made a longshot presidential bid himself. He argued that the left should try to embrace Trump on LGBT issues, rather than antagonize him.
“We need to cozy up and work with him, and meet with him, and get him on our side,” he said. “Get on the bandwagon, because Republicans are running the show right now.”
“The Republican Party is going to come back like gangbusters with the younger community,” he said before fawning over the rest of the panel. “Chad, Lucian, Gregory, and the kind of people coming to Log Cabin — I am forever impressed with the caliber.”
BuzzFeed News followed up with Karger about whether anti-transgender slurs and comments from other panelists would actually entice young voters to the party.
Karger said he’d tuned out those comments.
Dominic Holden
Dominic Holden

July 16, 2016

Log Cabin Republicans Dismayed at GOP anti Gay Platform but Put their Faith on Trump

The anti LGBT GOP new platform in Cleveland still goes to proof  the jest of the Meme above still true
“Insanity is Putting your faith not on what you see, not on what you hear but only on what you wish”LAG’os

The Log Cabin Republicans are denouncing the party’s staunchly socially conservative 2016 platform, calling it “the most anti-LGBT platform” in the GOP’s 162-year history.
“I’m mad as hell,” the group’s president, Gregory T. Angelo, wrote in an email to supporters this week.

“Moments ago, the Republican Partypassed the most anti-LGBT Platform in the Party’s 162-year history,” he wrote Tuesday. “Opposition to marriage equality, nonsense about bathrooms, an endorsement of the debunked psychological practice of ‘pray the gay away’ — it’s all in there.

“This isn’t my GOP, and I know it’s not yours either. Heck, it’s not even Donald Trump‘s!” the email continued. “BUT … now is not the time to sit around feeling sorry for ourselves.”
The email then asked for a donation so supporters can “take back” the platform and the party.
The platform, described by The New York Times as a “rightward lurch” from the party’s hard-line platform in 2012, will be officially adopted at the Republican National Convention next week in Cleveland, The Boston Globe reported.

Mr. Trump will be expected to run his campaign based on the platform once he’s officially named the party’s nominee.

The Log Cabin Republicans previously praised Mr. Trump for his response to the Pulse nightclub terrorist attack in Orlando, calling his outreach to the LGBT community “historic.”

“Donald Trump here is showing leadership on LGBT issues, and we haven’t seen that from Republican presidential nominees in decades. Certainly, we’ve never seen a nominee so directly engage with and seek the support from LGBT voters,” Mr. Angelotold CNN at the time. 

“There’s certainly reasons to be skeptical about Trump and LGBT issues, but given his statements … and his actions, there is every indication to believe that Mr. Trump would do no harm on LGBT equality and might actually advance LGBT equality under his presidency.”

 - The Washington Times

July 15, 2016

First Out Gay GOP Platform Member{ Why Gay and Republican?}

Photo by Sasha Haagensen

This is part of the interview Rachel Hoff an active gay republican gave to interviewer Katy Steinmetz at Time. The areas I posted here are in my view the most important views of her as a lesbian and as a republican. She says in the interview she has always been a republican,  so in her world there was nothing else. When you grow up in a particular party or even religion and accept those ideas early own as your ideas, it becomes more difficult to see the other side as anything but “them.” The same rule doesn’t necessarily apply if you have been raised as a democrat and that is because Democrats are not as strict indoctrinators on either religion or the way you vote but particularly the way you vote.  Most parents I’ve known including mines are proud to have their kids take the initiative in that front. Again, this has been my own experience.

I happen to know this first hand because when I voted for the first time I was already questioning my sexuality and my first vote was republican, mainly because of national defense issues and the way we were being told about the domino effect in the GOP. ‘If a nation falls to communism anywhere it eventually will reach us.’  Makes no sense but that was being sold by the GOP and even through I had my doubts  I wanted my nation to be prepared for war and ahead in defense of the USSR (Communist Russia).

Social programs, social security, the poor,  the money spent by the federal government did not touch me except I thought I was paying too much taxes. I was going to do very well eventually I thought, so social security and other things dealing with help from the government was not touching me.
The gay thing was neither here nor there because both parties had the same ideology on this except the democrats were more open to some civil rights being available to all and I really like that.  This eventually brought me over even though it took a long time. Once inside I was able to open my mind of how this political party (gop) stays vibrant even when they loose an election cycle or two. This is a party that is being driven by the very well off but also by the opposite, people who ignore the idea they will need the government.  We all do at one time or another wether we loose a job or become ill.
Some how they don’t worry too much about those issues. Their thinking does not go there.  Most people buy insurance, have a retirement plan and think they are covered.

Once we look at our national budget and how money is spent we realize is not the people that come here that take our jobs or money.  People simply wont do certain jobs. When you take all the numbers as a whole you are able to see that most people do not become wealthy and people will still need the government and those programs they like to criticize weather is the courts, the IRS, supplement their health insurance with Medicaid or Medicare if they have become disabled and poor. Just think about every Republican candidate for office of president. They have all run on the issue of government spending. Not on the military or other areas but on social programs. They criticize the lawyers for suing and for the courts for awarding big settlements. May be the candidate now will be different and wont critique the lawyers since part of his time he spends with them suing. This week is a new law suit for $10 millions.

If the manufacturers, builders, etc.,  that sold goods or work in a particular enterprise that declared one of the chapters of protection, then they get stiffed. Who should they blame? Im making a point that most of us will need assistance from our government wether we deny it or not. We simply don’t know when but statistics show that most people will. We will need protection from creditors, hospitals, other individuals and even the government itself.

Ms. Hoff  personally knew only one side of the story between Dems and GOP’rs and even when her side did not offer her marriage equality for her and her partner or even the most mundane civil rights straight people don’t even know they have, that was ok because she was getting them through the other side. But Im sure she did not liked it. One might say one day the GOP will also be behind all of those things it fights against now, never mind that it would have never happen in any of our generations if it wasn’t for the other political party.  Why criticize the “GOP” party for being anti gay when it is ok for most people to come out, marry and walk with the head high knowing that they are socially on equal footing with straights. So what if your own party fights that. That doesn’t touch those people that are not able to get in other people’s shoes but only their own.

Even with what we’ve won already thanks to a gay friendly president, the democrats and the active commitments of LGBT in this nation we are still at peril. All we need is a GOP President filling the court with Alito’s and Clarence Thomas’s and good bye gay rights. There still constant fights from states even denying marriage to LGBT even with a Supreme Court decision making it the law of the land.
What does Ms. Hoff thinks when she fights for anti gay Republicans?

Why does racially poor whites usually go GOP? 
They live off the government and side with the politicians that want to take or curtail their benefits.  This is because they believe that they deserve to be taken care off and no matter which party wins they will be taken care off but they will vote not with their benefits which they see as deserve income because the government did not supply them with jobs (even though they are the ones that did not even finish H.S). Their socially, religious ideas of how the nation should be is paramount.  God will take care of them as long as they don’t side with the “devil and the homos.”

It’s kind of funny when I talked with whites in the south or coming from the there. They contradicted with what they said and what they were doing.  But even in NY and south Florida you find white and hispanics that will always vote GOP because they are the party that sticks closer to god and want the bible in schools and in the courts and would like the government to be a theocracy without even knowing the word. They read their bibles and interpret that things need to get real bad here so their christ will come back. The same with very religious jews. I have personally heard of this in my own family (I have a big family).  

When Ms. Hoff tried introducing a gay/lesbian friendly rule into the GOP platform for this coming election she pleaded: “there are diverse and sincerely held views on marriage” within the party. “We are your daughters. We are your sons, your friends, your neighbors, your colleagues, the couple who sits next to you in church,” she said. “Freedom means freedom for everyone, including gays and lesbians … And all I ask today is you include me and those like me.” By an unofficial vote of about 30 to 82, the amendment failed.
Adam Gonzalez, Publisher


What do Republicans stand for in your view?

What the Internet told me was that they stood for individual freedom, for limited government, for the idea that you could make your own decisions better than the government could make them for you, whether that was decisions about how to spend your personal life or decisions about how to spend your money, and a strong national defense. That was something that was always very important to me and went on to define my career.

When did you first realize there were parts of that party that don’t approve of homosexuality?

I remember that was a very, very hard day for me. I went to college in Massachusetts, and my senior year was 2004. That was the year the state Supreme Court issued their ruling [allowing same-sex marriage], which was the first in the country, a real landmark case. My senior year was also when I realized I was gay. So I had just come out. And I went down to the state capitol to observe the protests.

There was this gay community, which I was intrigued by but not a part of. And there were the conservatives on the other side, who had this political belief that I was supposed to be for because that’s what you believed if you were conservative. And I didn’t feel part of either group, and I didn’t really know what group I wanted to be a part of. But the conservatives’ rhetoric and their signs and their whole approach was very hurtful, very offensive.

At this point, more than a decade later, do you still have that same feeling of being torn between two groups or have you reconciled that ambivalence?

I get that question a lot, like how can you be gay and Republican? Those are both parts of who I am, so I don’t have to reconcile them. I have to reconcile my interactions with both of those communities and both of their beliefs about the other community. Even including the last two days, I have received more backlash and opposition in the gay community for being Republican than I have in Republican circles for being gay.

Socially it’s just very, very acceptable within the gay community to say mean things about the Republicans, to, when you meet a gay Republican, to accuse them of being a self-hating gay person. Whereas for Republicans there is certainly a lot of harmful rhetoric and hurtful rhetoric. We see that in the platform we passed this week. But on a personal basis, I can’t think of a single time where anybody has said anything mean to my face, other than not supporting my constitutional rights. Clearly that’s offensive to me in a different way.

So when you get that incredulous question about how you are both gay and Republican, what do you tell people?

What usually comes out is that I clearly disagree with my party on this issue, on marriage, on LGBT rights. But that’s one part of who I am and that’s one issue that I care about. Were I to be a Democrat because they’re for equality and LGBT rights, there would be a whole list of issues I would disagree with that party about. So I wouldn’t feel more at home there, just because on this one issue I’m like-minded. To me, being an Independent has never really been an attractive option, though I did think about it over the last couple days.

What did you think being on the platform committee was going to be like and what were you hoping to achieve?

I ran for the platform committee because I wanted to attempt to soften language on LGBT issues, though I also have other priorities like national security issues and representing D.C. First of all, it was important that I be vocal about being gay. I’ve been out for 10 years now. So it’s not like I came out at the platform committee. But I really wanted to say it there, because I thought it was important that the people in the room, particularly those who are in favor of traditional marriage and against LGBT rights, be reminded that they were talking to a gay person.

When our platform comes out next week, it’s going to be a big letter to all Americans, including LGBT Americans, about why they should vote for us. And right now I don’t think they have much reason to do so. … I hoped that I might have some sort of softening effect on what people said and did. It does not appear to have had that effect based on the language that came out of the committee, but I still think that it’s important for people to know that you’re in the room.

Did you think you could get the votes or were you more intent on saying your piece, without much hope of that?

The amendment that I offered was not for marriage equality or to support the Supreme Court Obergefell decision or to embrace LGBT rights or to address the transgender bathroom issue. I really wanted to keep it focused on what I thought was a reasonable approach, just acknowledging and respecting that Republicans have different beliefs on these issues. Had I gone in there with some sort of marriage equality amendment, I certainly would have had zero hope that it would have passed. I was optimistic that the amendment that I offered would get more support, but I don’t think there was a time where I thought it would pass.

There was a back and forth in which another delegate argued for LGBT inclusive language and someone else responded to her, alleging that she was suggesting everyone who didn’t agree with her was a bigot. People clapped in agreement. She said that wasn’t her intention, but it was tense. What were you thinking during that exchange?

The reality is that all of us who support LGBT rights got frustrated. Another member offered an amendment to stand with LGBT people around the world who are targeted by violence and terrorism, and that went down in flames. In another section, the Orlando attack was mentioned, so I offered an amendment to describe it as ‘the terrorist attack on the LGBT community in Orlando.’ And they wouldn’t even do that. We knew that the platform committee wasn’t our home turf, and I did not expect to win every amendment, but I also did not expect the rigidity with which the committee would refuse to even mention the LGBT community more broadly in a positive way.

What do you make of that rigidity?

I don’t know. It could be just extremely well organized and tightly controlled influence from the traditional marriage activists. It could also be that people … are afraid of some slippery slope, wherein that would put us down that path toward supporting LGBT rights. Or maybe there’s a concern to even a single positive reference would hurt us with social conservatives, but I think that’s absurd. I give social conservatives much more credit than being turned off by language like that.

Is there a risk the party is running of alienating young voters by not being more inclusive of the LGBT community?

The demographic realities are clear on this issue. Young voters overwhelming support marriage equality—and even young Republican voters support marriage equality. There’s a lot in the Republican Party that could appeal to young voters, but they won’t even consider voting Republican because of our stance on this issue. Right now our party is not even an option for them, by and large. But that’s not the reason we should evolve on those issues. The reason why we need to change our stance is that it’s the right thing to do and because it’s in line with Republican principles of liberty, freedom and equality.

The complete interview can be read by clicking on Time.

February 2, 2016

Log Cabin Giddy When Trump Dissed Mexicans Now He does it to Gays-Are they still Giddy?


Log Cabin republicans is a group of gays not happy with a fact of life; They want to be Republicans even when Republicans have said time after time they hate gays. When an anti gay story hit the waves, they go back to the closet and become Republicans not gays. When the heat of whatever anti gay statement is passed they again put their wooden log-gay hats and go and hide in the cabin. They are always against the Democrat candidate no matter how gay friendly but they endorse whatever GOP candidate no matter how anti gay, even when the candidate returns their money. If getting their check return doesn’t say something to a Republican, then they are just beyond stupid and anyone with a little common sense most give up on them. I did years ago not even writing about them because they don’t make a difference ( as so called gays) from within and never from the outside (you have to be out and proud for that).

I ignored this group when they supported Trump back in December thinking time takes cares of the dumb since words can’t. Time is here and is time to post how stupid they are just to remind any Independent gays and they are many thinking Trump is the new white sliced bread. Trump might be that but only in a physical way. The Log has also endorsed Sanders against Hillary and without Sander’s approval has put out slander dirt on Hillary on his name. It is a good thing he is a decent man and has run a clean campaign up to now.

Michelangelo Signorile on Trump and Log Cabin Republicans - whom Peter Staley calls "the dumbest queens on the planet." I think "dumb" is a nice word for them. I call them Vichy Gays.
And get this Bernie supporters. The Log Cabin Republicans have taken out an attack ad on Hillary based on her, yes, unequivocal opposition to marriage equality in the early 2000s until she, yes, equivocated and came fully onboard with that and other LGBT issues for this campaign but, in so doing, the Log Cabin Republicans take it a step further and practically endorse Sanders against her in the primaries. With friends like those ..."And then this past weekend, courting evangelicals in Iowa, Trump said he will work to reverse the Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling, promising to put 'certain judges on the bench' to make it happen."
And suddenly, Log Cabin has gone silent on Trump. Woops!

Dec. 16 Reuters
Donald Trump’s been accused of being a bully and a bigot. But he stands out among Republican presidential hopefuls for his comparative sensitivity to one politically potent minority group: the gay community.

Trump has advocated for banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. He criticized a Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court found, earlier this year, that the Constitution protects the right of same-sex couples to marry. He is also one of only two Republican candidates — along with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — that the Human Rights Campaign deems to have even a “mixed” record on gay rights

“He is one of the best, if not the best, pro-gay Republican candidates to ever run for the presidency,” said Gregory T. Angelo, president of the Log Cabin Republicans, an advocacy group for LGBT Republicans. Trump would do no harm on same-sex marriage, Angelo said, and has a “stand-out position” on non-discrimination legislation.

That’s not to say the real-estate mogul and former reality TV star trumps Democrats when it comes to issues of importance to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley are all vocal advocates for most of the priorities of the LGBT community. Nor does it mean gay and lesbian Republicans will ignore Trump’s treatment of other minority constituencies — or base their votes on LGBT issues.

But it does mean that Trump has an opening to draw support from gay Republicans in the primary, and that could matter in states where the LGBT community is particularly well organized. It also means he could get financial and political support from the Log Cabin Republicans and their allies in the general election. Whether or not he’s the favored Republican among gay and lesbian voters, Trump could be their ally if he makes it to the White House.

Social issues were absent from Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary debate in Las Vegas, the first GOP confab since the Paris and San Bernardino, California, terrorist attacks. But even without emphasizing his stance on issues important to LGBT voters — and perhaps in part because he doesn’t — Trump appears to be gaining traction with gay Republicans.

Pax Hart, a 45-year-old software engineer in New York, was a Rand Paul supporter and low-dollar donor until he saw video of Trump’s immigration speech in Phoenix, Arizona, this summer. Where some voters see xenophobia in Trump’s promise to build a wall between the United States and Mexico and his proposal to put a moratorium on Muslims traveling to the United States, Hart, who is gay, says he sees policies that would prevent dilution of LGBT rights in the country.

“We are importing people who are the absolute most hostile to gays and lesbians,” Hart said of discrimination against LGBT citizens in some Middle Eastern and Latin American countries. “We’re bringing in people who are indoctrinated that gays [should be] exterminated.”

As Hart points out, Trump is hardly emphasizing his positions on gay rights or social issues as he seeks the nomination in a party heavily influenced by religious conservatives.

“It’s not that he’s an advocate or anything like that,” Hart said. “It’s not an issue for him. It’s about fairness for him.”

But among the top candidates for the nomination, Trump’s tone, temperament and record are distinct.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz backs a constitutional amendment that would reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage and has opposed workplace anti-discrimination legislation. Likewise, Florida Senator Marco Rubio opposes marriage rights and efforts to ban employment discrimination. And Ben Carson, who is mostly in line with Cruz and Rubio on policy, has further angered LGBT-rights groups with his rhetoric.

Trump, too, opposes same-sex marriage. But he criticized the Kentucky clerk, and, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter this year, he condemned Republican candidates who called for a reversal of the court’s judgment.

“Anybody that’s making that an issue is doing it for political reasons,” he said. “The Supreme Court ruled on it.”

Of course, Trump’s moderation on gay rights won’t bring him many votes from LGBT Democrats. Boasting a more tolerant record than the rest of the Republican Party hardly merits a medal, they say.

“The truth is if you are a Republican who is either gay or a Republican for whom gay rights are important, there is nobody in that field who is attractive to you,” Richard Socarides, a former top adviser to President Bill Clinton and prominent gay-rights advocate, said.

“Trump, because he was part of the New York business community and obviously knew a lot of gay people, probably has supported gay rights measures as one-offs,” Socarides said. “But at the core of the gay civil-rights movement, are ideas of diversity and inclusion. Of all the candidates he is probably the least supportive of diversity and inclusion.”

And therein lies the rub for Angelo’s Log Cabin Republicans. They have asked for an audience with Trump, and in January they are due to begin discussing their criteria for endorsing whomever the GOP nominates for president. Angelo qualified his praise for Trump’s record with the caveat that he’s been polarizing on other issues. That, Angelo said, “is something that should at least come into the discussion.”Since 1992, the Log Cabin Republicans have endorsed or withheld their endorsement from Republican nominees based on key issues. But Trump might be able garner its support.

Whether Trump’s record is good enough for Log Cabin Republicans, the Human Rights Campaign argues the differences between Trump and his GOP rivals are minimal on the issues of greatest importance to the LGBT community.

“Not one of the major Republican candidates supports the Equality Act, which would guarantee full federal equality for LGBT people by adding them to our nation’s civil rights laws,” said JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president of policy and political affairs at the organization. “Not one of them supports marriage equality, but several say they’ll appoint justices who’ll seek to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling. Not one of them has vowed to protect President Obama’s executive order protecting LGBT federal contractors, though some have vowed to immediately repeal it. “Trump is no different, and he is not an ally of the LGBT community.”

The group’s website makes clear, however, that Trump is the least offensive of the Republican candidates for supporters of LGBT rights — with the possible exception of Christie. Though Trump can’t expect to pick up support from large numbers of gay and lesbian Democrats in a general election, his record and rhetoric may win him the backing of LGBT Republicans in the primary, and, if he wins the nomination, next November.

Adam Gonzalez

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