As a founder of GOProud, a group for gay Republicans, Jimmy LaSalvia served for years as a cheerleader for a party whose policies were openly antagonistic to LGBT concerns. Not that LaSalvia seem to have any problem with that–his organization endorsed an impressive away of unfriendly candidates in 2012 and only got around to supporting marriage equality a year ago.
Still, reality has finally hit LaSalvia in the face. In a post on his website, he has announced that he has formally renounced his membership in the Republican party and declared his affiliation as “no party.” Why? You’ll be astonished to learn that it’s because he can’t abide “the tolerance of bigotry in the GOP.”
As if that’s a new phenomenon.
“I have worked hard to help to create an atmosphere on the right where conservatives can openly support gay Americans and even support same-sex marriage,” LaSalvia writes in a fit of self-congratulation. “In that effort, we have won, but there is more work to do to root out the anti-gay and other forms of bigotry in the party.”
Now it’s always good when someone finally drops the delusions. But let’s state the obvious here. The bigotry was there all along. In fact, by putting party loyalty over the LGBT community, GOProud helped enable it.
For a long time, GOProud provide cover to the party, insisting that there was a significant element in it that was supportive of gay rights. While there are a handful of Republicans who voted for ENDA and favor marriage equality, they are a tiny fragment of the whole party. Right now, the majority of the GOP opposes anything that appears pro-LGBT. That’s not going to change anytime soon.
LaSalvia said that the other reason he is leaving the Republican party is his disagreement with “the big-government ‘conservatives’ who run the party now.” Funny, but he didn’t seem to have that problem with George W. Bush, who massively expanded government with Medicare Part D and an unfunded war. In fact, LaSalvia left Log Cabin Republicans because he felt they had drifted too far to the left by refusing to endorse Bush in 2004.
You remember 2004. That’s the year that Bush used state anti-marriage initiatives to turn out Christian right voters.
That kind of revisionism is a hallmark of the modern GOP. It’s also a hallmark of LaSalvia’s career. It just goes to prove you can take the man out of the party, but you can’t take the party out of the man.
@jimbryant: What a load of batshittery you spout. First, you have no idea the efforts people like me have made to make the world better for gays. Second, you dismiss the efforts of gay men and women everywhere who come out despite hostility to gays in their communities. I guess that isn’t enough for you.
Third, LaSalvia defended and promoted very anti-gay politicians simply beause they were Republicans. How does that help the cause? You’ll have to explain that one for us.
But your most laughable statement is your last. So we really shouldn’t have too much sex? Republicans don’t hate gay men? That’s ridiculous. IF it were merely about having too much sex, then they would support marriage equality so that people can live in monogamous relationships and have as much or as little sex as they like.
Your novel theory about STDs in the biblical era is bizarre. STDs at the time were pretty much limited to striaght people, so if the bible were really worried about that (not that it ever mentions STDs ever), it would limit hetero sex. And since STDs are virtually nonexistent in lesbians, your argument is just laugable.
Worse, the Republicans use the bible to say that homosexuals are immoral. Not the sex act, but the people themselves. Remember that quote about homosexuals, as well as theives won’t enter the kingdom o heaven? And if it were the sex act, then republicans would be happy to have gay men and women around, but would ask them if they are celebate, and if they say yes, they would be happy to keep them on. So please give me just one example of an anti-gay republican who happily has an openly gay man or woman on their staff but is okay with it because they don’t engage in gay sex.
but you can’t find even one.
This is the same guy that invited Ann Coulter to their shin-dig claiming she was pro-gay rights. You seen her on Fox over the past six months? Yeah- NOT pro-gay rights. So either LaSalvia was trying his hardest to buy favor into the Fox Network Speaking Circuit crowd to MAYBE win an ally for the cause, orrrrr, he’s horrible at sensing people’s real intentions and reading the kind of person they really are.
Either way- I kinda feel that his public statement is nothing less than a PR career-image makeover so he can naturally try and step back fully into the LGBT community and not be stoned to death.
Classic Melhman Move.
Why don’t these clowns ever think about this stuff BEFORE they throw us under the bus first? At some point or another, you’re going to WANT to come back and sit at the table with the rest of us.