“Chelsea, the gays love you!” So proclaimed one of the many homos who saw Chelsea Clinton during her gay bar crawl in Philadelphia.

This weekend’s tour of queer duty ain’t the first time Clinton has paid her lavender respects. Just last weekend she made an appearance at an Oregon’s Red Dress event, which raises money to fight HIV/AIDS.

The Philadelphia appearance only cements the young Clinton’s ties with the gays. She stopped by four bars in total and saw an estimated 1,500 queer voters, all of whom seemed excited to see and seen with her.

And we would have been, too.

Here’s MSNBC’s take on the flaming festivities:

Led around the neighborhood by Gov. Ed Rendell, Chelsea was mobbed by local gays and lesbians, as she walked from one club to the next. They ran up to hug her, posed for pictures and certainly invaded her personal space.

“I grabbed her ass,” one young woman exclaimed to her friends after snapping a picture with her arm around the former first daughter.

Most of those at the bar seemed to, squeezing past one another in the cramped space to get a photo. Even some patrons, donning Obama stickers — a rally for the Illinois senator had taken place a few blocks away earlier in the evening — tried to get a snapshot as well.

While some may dismiss Clinton’s campaign involvement as nothing more than political “pimping,” we – surprisingly – believe in Clinton’s sincerity. And, yes, we love her. But, why? It’s certainly not simply because of her biology. Could we have a fondness for the former first daughter because we saw her grow up awkward? We’ve all – gay and straight – experienced the painful alienation of adolescent development, and poor Chelsea had to do it in the national spotlight. The girl – at the age of twelve – became a punchline. But, like the smart, rich girl that she is, Clinton cleaned herself up with a good old fashioned Versace makeover. You know the gays love that shit.

Another reason to love Chelsea: she’s feisty. Remember when she snapped at that man’s Monica Lewinsky question? Who doesn’t love a woman who’s not afraid to bite back? And, finally, we love Chelsea: she’s humble. When the aforementioned man declared the queers’ collective love, Ms. Clinton demured, “Oh, gosh, I don’t know if everybody loves me.”

She’s right – Texan homo-journo Daniel Kusner once described her as an “old fart.”

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