(Community Matters) “GOProud has taken the conservative and LGBT movements by storm by being brash, loud and uncompromisingly conservative — and just as uncompromisingly gay.” In MetroWeekly
With GOProud’s emergence, former Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman’s coming out, the Log Cabin Republicans’ lawsuit aimed at ending ”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the leadership of Federalist Society hero Ted Olson in the challenge to Proposition 8 in California, ”gay rights” have often looked like a conservative movement in the past two years. Elected Republicans, however, have almost universally opposed those issues.
Barron [GOProud Chmn] and LaSalvia [GOProud Exec Dir] are loud and proud – despite the fact that they may not be popular in the rest of the gay political world. But sometimes the taunts from the left even get to them. Turning serious, LaSalvia says, ”You can question our tactics, you can question some of the stunts we pull and some of the things we say, but nobody should question our motives – because we’re gay Americans, too.”
I don’t know Barron or LaSalvia but Ken Mehlman has become a friend, and I’m looking forward to collaborations that promote LGBT equality across the proverbial aisles