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Seven Gay (Or Gay-ish) Men Who Helped Unleash Awful Donald Trump On The World

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As his numbers in polls plummet, you might wonder who is supporting Donald Trump these days. As it turns out, there is a cadre of gay men who are happy to play sub to Trump’s dom. Some, in fact, helped make his rise possible. They range from fringe internet trolls to a George W. Bush speechwriter to a contrarian billionaire. Not surprisingly, they are all men, and white men at that. Many of them are ideologues first, and gay second.

Here’s a roundup of some of Trump’s lavender backers…

1. Milo Yiannopoulos

Milo is the gay Ann Coulter. As a flame-throwing right-winger, nothing is off limits to him; the more outrageous the comment the better, no matter how farcical. He holds the distinction of being the first person banned for life from Twitter, for fanning racist and sexist attacks on Leslie Jones, and the equally dubious distinction as the first man to publicly proclaim his physical attraction to Trump. (It’s not a long list.)

2. Peter Thiel

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Thiel is a contrarian, and what could be more contrary than a gay, Silicon Valley billionaire backing Trump? This despite the fact that Thiel, who comes from an immigrant family and believes in free trade, would seem to disagree with the far less intelligent and innovative Trump on just about every conceivable issue, including marriage equality. His appearance at the Republican National Convention was an exercise in upside-down logic, which is what we’ve come to expect from Thiel.

3. John McConnell

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McConnell was a speechwriter in the George W. Bush White House, where, to his credit, he came out as gay late in Bush’s second term. Since his office was tasked with, among other things, using words to prettify the hideous war in Iraq and cowardly opposition to same-sex marriage, his day job could not have been easy. Of course, if you can make your peace the incompetence of the Bush White House and the homophobia that fueled Bush’s 2004 victory, then propping up Trump isn’t really all that much of a stretch. Good Republican soldier he is, McConnell was one of the hired-gun speechwriters who helped Melania Trump with her address at the Republican Convention. As it turns out, little of McConnell’s draft was used, because Michelle Obama contributed what Melania was really looking for.

4. Roger Stone

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A lobbyist for Trump for decades, Stone earned a reputation as a dirty trickster during the Nixon Administration. Need we say more? Strictly speaking, Stone isn’t gay. He is, however, a swinger, setting off gaydar everywhere he goes. With his then-wife, Stone ran ads in a publication called Local Swing Fever looking for couples or  “exceptional muscular . . . single men.” When the story first broke, in 1996, Stone vehemently denied it, even though he and his wife were seen at a DC bar attending a “Dungeon Dance,” “a festive, mostly gay event that included a roomful of S&M hardware along with ambient circle jerks and blowjobs,” according to the Washington City Paper. (The paper reported that Stone didn’t do anything more than dance.)

5. Twinks for Trump

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There’s a fine line between being provocative and being ridiculous, but not in this case. Twinks for Trump is such a parody of itself that the satire of the group on Twitter has to remind followers that it is indeed satire. The main twink is Lucian Wintrich, another Milo-esque agitator who will clearly say anything to get attention. Kind of like the candidate himself.

6. Mark Foley

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Yes, there was the former Republican Congressman sitting right behind Trump at a Florida rally. Of course, Foley offered unsolicited advice to the Romney campaign as well–anything to get a bit of the spotlight that he squandered when he was disgraced after being caught sexting male Congressional pages even after gay activists and journalists begged him to come out of the closet and clean up his act. Of course, given Foley’s proclivities, he may just have been cruising for Twinks for Trump.

7. Roy Cohn

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The sleazebag lawyer got his start as an aide to Joe McCarthy, which tells you all you need to know. Immortalized in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Cohn served as Trump’s confidant and lawyer for 13 years. In fact, he is often credited with teaching Cohn the fine art of the over-the-top, completely senseless political attack intended to distract opponents. Cohn’s been dead for 30 years now, but the fires of hell can’t burn any hotter for him than they do now, so we’re sure he’s backing the Donald from the Great Beyond.

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20 Comments

  • Mo Bro

    Oh no, they’re all MEN?? And they’re WHITE?!?
    (you guys are laughably clueless to how prejudiced you are in your quest for “tolerance”)

  • Masc Pride

    I don’t find this list prejudiced. The overwhelming majority of Trump supporters are white men (the only demographic he hasn’t blatantly insulted…yet). However, I totally believe that he thinks very little of the audience he caters to, yet they seem to love him unconditionally. It’s pretty sad.

  • Juanjo

    Mo Bro – your comment about tolerance is a classic misuse of the term much as another common term misused – Free Speech. Tolerance means you get you state your piece. I do not beat you senseless physically, blow up your house, or try to murder you for doing so. It does NOT mean that if I disagree with what you said, I refrain from saying what I have to say.

    Being critical of gay men supporting Trump is a legitimate exercise of Free Speech and is not intolerant. The fact they are all male is not overly surprising given the Donald’s very poor approval numbers with women and the fact most of the gay folks who have been vocal about supporting the Orange One have been male. Likewise the skin color issue is not surprising. The one demographic where the Donald has done fairly well is among White males, typically older.

    Correlation is not causation my dear friend. The mere fact that the people pointed out in the article are of a particular race, ethnic group, gender, or whatever is not proof itself of prejudice. Kindly provide the proof to support your assertion.

  • Humman22

    This is the article that is making me stop using this site as a source of LGBT news anymore. This is such an obvious opinion piece, it makes me ashamed to share the same sexual orientation as the person who wrote this. People all around the world, (Yes, including the LGBT community sweetie!) are waking up and realizing that the propaganda dribble that makes up articles like this one aren’t valid anymore.

    Before I leave this website and never return, I am going to say this. Hillary Rodham Clinton does not care about gay people. She cares about gay people’s votes, and ONLY their votes.

    Goodbye.

  • Kangol

    Juanjo, Mo Bro has repeatedly made clear that he supports the white male hom0phobes around Trump, as well as Trump. His twisting of terms like “tolerance” is part of the illogical contortions he and other gay supporters of a white supremacist hom0phobe like Trump must engage in to justify to themselves that they’re not hypocrites who support someone who wants to harm LGBTQ people, and who leads a party running on hom0phobic policies. What more does anyone need to see? Trump surrounded himself with [email protected], misogynistic anti-gay fanatics. If you don’t like Hillary, vote for the Libertarian or the Green Party candidate, write in Bernie Sanders or Romney or W Bush for that matter, whatever, but if you’re defending hom0phobes you’re furthering anti-gay hate, which is NOT “tolerance” and surely isn’t (self-)”acceptance.”

  • Mo Bro

    The author states, “Many of them are ideologues first, and gay second.” Y’know, if the writers at Queerty were gay first and ideologues second, as is the implication, then you guys wouldn’t be hating on gay Republicans every other day.

    Juanjo-
    Let’s be real, dude. I may not have utilized the word “tolerance” according to the latest PC Handbook, but the comment “Not surprisingly, they are all men, and white men at that” is an obvious jab at Trump’s base of white males—it was not merely an observation of fact. Sure, it’s a “legitimate exercise of free speech,” but it’s no secret that straight white guys are the institutional left’s newest and fiercest boogeyman.

  • bruce_majors1630570063

    Roy Cohn is dead. Mark Foley just went to a rally. Roger Stone isn’t exactly gay.

    There are tons of gays for Trump – and for Jill Stein and for Gary Johnson – on FaceBook, they have groups, ages, websites.

    After Hillary responded so lamely to the Orlando massacre, and then had the killer’s father placed in the VIP section at her rally in Florida, polls show her gay supporting rapidly shrank.

  • Stilinski26

    Do you guys think Trump is worse than former religious right wing republican presidents? As an British Asian I am asking this.

  • Hun

    A lot of gays are into this new Trumpian fascism. It’s what’s hot right now.

  • Rob

    “who will clearly say anything to get attention.”

    Like Queerty. Truly pathetic. Stick with your bullshit celebrity gossip nobody gives a rat’s ass about.

  • Rob

    How about an article on the gays supporting Hillary, who wants to import tens of thousands who favor executing gays, assholes?

  • leobaga

    How incredibly biased you are Queerty. There are many gay supporters of Trump out there, if you only knew. He will win. Trump is ahead by 2 points now in the latest LA Times poll.

  • o.codone

    Queerty, you have the facts wrong. Trump ISN’T shrinking in the polls, and especially NOT with gay men. He is surging, and according to the Washington Post gay men HAVE in fact made the switch from Hillary to Trump after the Orlando massacre. So, there you go again, making it up as you go along.

    Oh yeah. I LOVE Milo. Does anyone care if he’s banned from Twitter for life? It adds to his appeal, so thanks for mentioning it. Looks like you’re actually in the business of recruiting gays for Milo whether you intended to or not.

    Trump. Trump. Trump. Let’s get this over with.

  • MediaGuy

    I’m not a Trump supporter, but it looks like I’ma going to vote for him anyway because HRC and her Muslim friends scare the shit out of me. I’d rather be safe than have gay haters stalking me in my community. Even Bill Clinton was was against unvetted

    immigrationhttp://www.truthrevolt.org/news/flashback-bill-clinton-illegal-immigration-we-are-nation-laws.

  • leobaga

    Remember it was homophobic Bill Clinton who signed the awful DADT law. Never forget.

  • CWM85

    I get that the writers, editors of queerty are Clinton supporters, even tho she has a very anti gay past and is only pandering to the glbt community for votes but to make Trump out to be this big homophobe is just not true. Where are the quotes of him talking about going to see elton John and his partner getting married and how delighted he was. We know fact is Hillary supported dadt, doma like her Husband. They flip flopped because of political reasons. Facts, Hillary clinton tskes money from middle east countries that execute and jail gays and she remains silent about it. Hillary can’t be trusted… not saying Trump can be but he doesn’t have the record Hillary has. She has donr nothing for GLBT people in her 30 years in public life. Trump hires gay people, allows trans people to use bathrooms of their choice as he did glfor cait Jenner. He opposes isis and not vetted would be homophobes, he does not allow a anti gay terrorist father who supports taliban to sit in front row of his rallies like Hillary. So to make this guy seem like he is like idk Jerry Fallwell is just bullshit!

  • AzLights

    You’re one of the people I will have to thank when our marriages are overturned and when many of our rights are turned back.

  • AzLights

    You forget his statement that he will support Supreme Court Justices that WILL work to overturn Obergefell and they will also roll back our rights–what few we have in this country.

  • leobaga

    @azlights: all fear mongering and lies. Gay marriage will never be overturned. in >200 years, once civil rights are recognized and granted, they have NEVER EVER been rescinded.?Obergefell was also based on Loving and the 14th’s equal protection clause + due process clauses as well. To overturn Obergefell would be to overturn Loving AND Lawrence. And THAT will NEVER happen.

  • ScaryRussianHeather

    You don’t even know what you’re talking about.The ICONIC American legend Roy Cohn was Donald Trump’s mentor (and very good friend)….not vice versa. Jeeze.

    Very disingenuous of you to ignore the very respected Richard Grenell, who’s about to be appointed to a Cabinet position.

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