There was a whole gay party at CPAC, the Scotch and Cigars Party, advertised in advance on this blog, sponsored by the gay friendly OneNationPac.
In addition the only openly gay candidate, Fred Karger, was at CPAC, and held an after hours party as well.
It’s true that GOProud wasn’t there and didn’t table, nor did many of the groups that have in the past like Antiwar.com, the Libertarian Party, Campaign for Liberty, or the Ron Paul campaign. CPAC did change hands, it was more monochromatically conservative, and one gay group, GOProud, was banned, though the excuse given was their confrontational nature, not their being gay. Breitbart had nothing to do with their being banned, and was going to boycott CPAC (which Roger Simon and PJTV may have done) when he was on the GOProud board. Having left the board because GOProud slipped up and practiced “outing,” he ended up going.
Almost none of the leftover websites or mainstream media reported that 50% of CPAC attendees were 25 and under; in the CPAC Presidential straw poll 44% of those voting were students. People at CPAC often look like this:
The actual homophobes at CPAC are often easy to spot, since most of them are curiously asexual man boys who run around in pairs draped in red sashes, and often playing some woodwind instrument like the piccolo or the bagpipes:
What’s offensive about Mr. Christopher’s parochialism below when he calls Cynthia Yockey’s claim that gay rights will come “from the right” instead of Obama is offensive, is his blindness to how the welfare state has long oppressed gays. In particular how it is the locus of school bullying, by denying families school choice and the ability to take a bruised and beaten kid out of a hostile school and enroll him somewhere else.
CPAC Attack: Liz Glover Confronts Andrew Breitbart And Dana Loesch Over GOProud Ban
I was in the lounge, cursing at my computer as it continued to fail at everything, when I noticed a crowd gathered around Breitbart, and that uncomfortable disturbance in The Force when something awkward is going down. Glover was pressing Breitbart over GOProud’s exclusion, and over his split with the group (which he called “complicated”), when he began to attack Glover’s line of questioning. That’s when I grabbed my camera.
Glover defended herself from the charge that her questioning consisted of an “op-ed” by reminding Breitbart that “My stuff was on BreitbartTV last week!”
Breitbart paused, and asked, “How do you get your eyes to do the pinwheel thing?”
“That’s really sweet,” Glover replied, “picking on reporters.”
At this point, Dana Loesch tagged in, and told Glover to “act like a lady,” and that she needed to “up (her) game.”
Breitbart waded back in momentarily, then walked off, leaving Loesch to scold Glover for the “faulty premise” of her questions. While Breitbart’s split with GOProud is arguably justified, though, the ACU’s decision to exclude them far predated the outing of the Perry staffer.
I first met Cynthia at my very first CPAC, and while I like her very much, this is an offensive premise, akin to saying that a reduction in violent crime will come from murderers. The right is, and has long been, the primary obstacle to LGBT equality, and even Yockey’s piece is centered on the idea that equality can only occur by begging conservatives for it
The bad news is that regardless of this vast support from the right, LGBTs on the left have only about a year to learn the language of conservatism and persuade the conservative movement that we have an unalienable right to equality. That’s because conservatives now control a majority of state legislatures and probably will also control the White House and Congress come 2013. Passing an anti–marriage equality amendment to the Constitution in Congress and getting it ratified by the states probably will be one of the first things conservatives will do, unless LGBT folks start supporting Breitbart, GOProud, and others on the right who are making real changes in our favor.
That’s some seriously twisted logic. The entire argument in favor of gay conservatism seems to be that it’s possible, even preferable, to be more greedy than gay, to overlook bigotry and oppression in favor of your own (perceived) economic interests.
As for Breitbart, he has long supported gay conservatives, but unless his position has changed since the last time we spoke about it, he says he is “agnostic” on the question of gay marriage. Conservatives love to hide behind President Obama’s “evolving” views
on gay marriage, but you could hardly make the case that Andrew Breitbart, who props up a political movement dedicated to codifying inequality
, is better
, no matter how many awesome parties he throws
Here’s the clip, from Friday evening: