They are asking the wrong question

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As usual, media  in their article have missed the point. The question that they highlight is, does the Republican Party want gay members? The question that they and gay people should be asking is, which party will allow us to protect ourselves? Which party will allow us to arm ourselves? Which party will take decisive action to stand up for us against people who believe whom we love should be against the law or a death sentence?

Being a gay Republican: ‘Is this a party that even wants me?’

Gay, lesbian and transgender Republicans are grappling with their party’s many contradictions on gay rights, all of which have been on open display this week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Some days it’s hard for Christian Berle to reconcile being both a gay man and a Republican.

“I always say I never chose to be gay, but I choose to be a Republican,” Berle said a few minutes before his party voted to accept a platform that tacked far to the right on gay rights – yet another difficult day.

“Right now it’s not an easy position.”

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Trump has expressed solidarity with the gay community and has shown little appetite for dealing with social issues.

Gay, lesbian and transgender Republicans are grappling with their party’s many contradictions on gay rights, all of which have been on open display this week at the US Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

…Transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner came to Cleveland for a brunch Wednesday organised by the American Unity Fund, a conservative group that advocates for gay rights.

Organisers said they held the event to showcase the fact that there are many Republicans, both gay and straight, who care about gay issues.

“It was easy to come out as trans,” Jenner said jokingly at the brunch. “It was harder to come out as a Republican.”

And for some LGBT Republicans, it can be difficult to stay in the party right now.

Rachel Hoff, a delegate from the District who opposes Trump, made a strikingly personal appeal to the Republican platform committee to adopt more inclusive language on gay rights.

It did not, and gay people are mentioned nowhere in the 2016 document, even in references to last month’s terrorist attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

“I did have thoughts of, ‘Is this a party that even wants me to be a part of it?'” she said.

Earlier this week, Hoff stood on the floor of the convention and listened to a speaker talk about how the party’s platform reaffirms the values that unite Republicans.

“That’s a joke, right?” Hoff said.

But after much contemplation, Hoff said she has now “doubled down” on her party.

She became a Republican decades ago because she believes in a strong US defence force. That hasn’t changed, and going to another political party would not fit her beliefs.

If she and others leave, she said, the party would remain a stronghold for those who oppose same-sex marriage.

“There were so many encouraging signs this week other than the results of the [platform committee] vote,” Hoff said.

Scott Ashley has long been active in the local GOP here in Cleveland. He strongly believes in many of the party’s tenents: He is pro-life, religious and believes in individual freedoms.

“The LGBT thing is a tricky line to walk,” said Ashley, who does not support Trump.

“There are so, so many inclusive people in the party. . . I get disappointed when those voices are vanquished.”

Ashley had been feeling optimistic until Trump named Pence as his running mate.

The law Pence signed last year was designed to give businesses and individuals legal protections against claims of discrimination if they chose not to serve some customers.

Gay Americans have a lot bigger things to worry about than a Christian baker refusing to bake them a wedding cake. They have to worry about Islamic terrorists slaughtering them inside gay nightclubs. They need to prioritise. One problem is an annoyance, the other is a death sentence. The democrats won’t protect them with gunfree zones and their head-in-the-sand approach.

It sparked an outcry from gay rights activists and companies including Apple, Eli Lilly and Twitter.

The NCAA, which is based in Indianapolis, threatened to move its events and artists cancelled concerts.

Pence backtracked, and the law was amended to include a provision that prohibits business owners from denying services to gay and lesbian patrons – a measure that made few on either side happy.

Ashley thinks Pence could turn some gay and lesbian people against the party altogether.

“I had so many friends who said, ‘I can do it. I can vote Republican,'” Ashley said “Then the platform came out and Pence was the choice and they pulled back.”

The party is also split on another issue: whether transgender people should be able to use the bathroom of their choice.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a law in February mandating that people use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate, a move some Republicans cheered.

Trump initially said the law should not have been passed; he later backtracked and said states should be able to make their own decisions.

Trump said Jenner can use whatever bathroom she wants at his properties.

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At what was billed as the “most fab party” at the convention, Breitbart News editor and provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos… called Trump the most pro-gay candidate in history.

He said the gay rights movement has fixated on transgender bathroom issues at the expense of combating an existential threat from Islam.

– The Washington Post

 

 


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