Gay Conservatives Crash CPAC Despite Official Ban From Organizers

pink-elephant-CPACEven though groups like the Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud have been routinely rejected from the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a group is using a room at the right-wing think-tank confab to discuss LGBT rights.

Reports the Washington Post:

A sponsor for the upcoming CPAC gathering, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, will use a room assigned to the free-market conservative think tank to conduct a pro-gay rights panel titled, “A Rainbow on the Right: Growing the Coalition, Bringing Tolerance Out of the Closet.” CEI spokesman Brian McNicoll says via e-mail, “As a sponsor, CEI gets use of a room for two hours.” For the “Rainbow on the Right” panel, McNicoll tells me that Fred Smith, a CEI head, is moderating. Liz Mair, Jonah Goldberg, Margaret Hoover and Jimmy LaSalvia of GOProud are all confirmed.

CEI maintains it was up front about its intentions when it reserved the space:  “We turned in the name and chose it so there could be no doubt what we were trying to do,” explains McNicoll. He says there was “complete radio silence” after the request was made—the session simply appeared on the schedule for the conference, which starts March 14.

Despite the approval, CPAC has once again rejected requests by LGBT groups to have a visible presence or host sessions of their own. On February 15, GOProud director Jimmy LaSalvia tweeted “We got kicked out last year because we are gay. Nothing has changed. We won’t be at #CPAC.”
We could make a joke about not wanting to join a club that wouldn’t have you as a member, but we’re not feeling very funny right now.


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  • Shannon1981

    They have no dignity or self respect to speak of. I really, really, wish gays and gay supporters would realize that there is simply no way to be GOP and pro LGBTQ.

  • Joetx

    They’re pathetic.

    But they have money, so they think the rest of us in the hoi polloi are pathetic.

  • hyhybt

    That doesn’t make a joke anyway. That’s the serious way around; it only works as a joke reversed: “I wouldn’t want to join any club that WOULD have me as a member.”

  • MuscleModelBlog.com

    Although CPAC doesn’t seem to appreciate conservatives who belong to sexual minorities, hopefully the day will come when sexual orientation will be a non-issue, and one’s opinion on the role of government in society will instead be the focus.

    Honestly, I think that the Republican Party / Conservatives in general would not be having such a hard time right now if they dumped the “moral conservatives” with whom they have allied.

  • hf2hvit

    What a bunch of idiots …WAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!! “I want to be in your club!!!!”

    And leave the animals out of your tawdry theatrics

  • 2eo

    @hf2hvit: I have visions of the Uncle Toms turning up in white bedsheets or in blackface hoping the GOP octogenarians start a rousing chant of “one of us, one of us”.

  • TheMarc

    Sorry, I’m the exact opposite of Groucho Marx; I don’t want to belong to any club that won’t have me as a member.

  • balehead

    They’re like “Queers against Israeli Apartheid!”…..Seriously!!

  • hyhybt

    @TheMarc: Of course; but it’s not a joke that way.

  • Kevin B

    @MuscleModelBlog.com: Unfortunately “moralist busybody” is too huge of a demographic to ignore. Our electoral system essentially requires 2 broad-based parties, and the size of that demographic means they’ll continue to be a part of one or the other.

  • Little-Kiwi

    that’s Matt Hissey (love the name, eh?) from GOProud at CPAC a few years ago. As you can see, his time there was spent acting like a cowardly little wimp, telling everyone how much he doesn’t like “those other gay people.”

    face it, gay republicans, your groveling and cowardice hasn’t impressed them.

    maybe it’s time to learn something from the gay liberals you were brought up to hate: when you have a spine and stand up for yourself, people respect you.

  • damon459

    I’m trying to figure out why I should care? If they want to go somewhere they aren’t welcome that’s their issue.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    I’ll never forget the lengths the Republicans have gone to squish us. From Constitutional amendments to Supreme Court manipulations such as “Citizens United” and now this latest endeavor of tearing down the voting rights act. The SCOTUS is doing backflips trying to preserve their stranglehold on Americans. The Republicans hate us and they appoint inJustices who hate us as well.

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