I’m proud indeed to announce that I am joining the gay conservative group GOProud as the chair of their Advisory Board. As you all know I am an Independent Conservative without party affiliation, and despite its name GOProud is not associated with the Republican Party. It is instead a group for conservative gays who are committed to promoting the conservative agenda in all of our efforts to confront and solve our nation’s problems. Here’s some coverage of the announcement. I am excited about GOProud and my association with them. We have a lot of work to do to bring our great nation back. All of us are needed, and all of us will help make the difference.
Washington Post: Tammy Bruce takes leadership role in gay GOP group
In the run-up to the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference, the gay Republican group GOProud got into a protracted tiff with some social conservatives. GOProud wanted to co-sponsor the event. Liberty Counsel, a legal group founded by Jerry Falwell, promised to boycott if that happened. In the end GOProud won out, Liberty Counsel bolted, and conservative activist Ryan Sorba won short-lived infamy for condemning GOProud from the CPAC stage.
The longer-lived aftermath of the kerfuffle came when Tammy Bruce, a popular lesbian conservative radio host, invited GOProud on her show to discuss all of this. Today, GOProud announced that Bruce will be the first chair of the group’s Advisory Council — I’ve put the statement below the fold.
This move actually represents a small shift in GOProud’s issue stances. The group has come under fire from anti-gay marriage groups like the National Organization for Marriage; Bruce has generally been supportive of the fight for “traditional marriage,” while criticizing Republicans who want to enshrine that definition of marriage in the Constitution.
(Regarding my position on gay marriage, please see my 2004 article, “Respecting Marriage and Equal Rights.”
I do appreciate the Advocate, the gay and lesbian magazine, covering the announcement, but you’ll notice some of their readers are illustrating how some liberal gays are anything but the tolerant, freedom-loving people they claim to be. Perhaps a few comments from decent gay conservatives might remind them what real tolerance and freedom is all about.