At an Event for New York Republicans, I Observed GOP Gays in Their Natural Habitat
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Listen to your political enemies, especially the smart ones, and then figure out a way to make them laugh. Nobody likes a bore on a soapbox. Humor is always the best defense and weapon. If you can make an idiot laugh, they’ll at least pause and listen before they do something stupid — to you. — John Waters, Make Trouble
On the Upper East Side of Manhattan, approximately 75 people attended “Gay Right: A Panel Discussion” at the Metropolitan Republican Club. A gay liberal myself, I attended to watch these gay Republicans in their natural habitat.
There were handsome gay couples clad in suits, fruit-fly socialites who left their penthouses to nod in agreement and a few liberals curious enough to shell out $20 to argue in real life as opposed to online.
In the front of the room, four gay white men sat ready to engage with the room. Those present were eager to hear their courageous tales of being politically conservative while still taking it up the ass.
“Gay Right: A Panel Discussion” included:
Topics raised during the panel included gay marriage, political correctness, identity politics, bathroom bills and radical Islamic terrorism.
The Trump administration’s LGBT platform came up as well, with Moore rising to The Donald’s defense.
“The left is so stupid they don’t realize that Donald Trump came out in support of gay marriage in an interview with The Advocate in like 2001 or 2000,” Moore said. “His LGBT credentials are so expansive it is almost exhausting to bring up, you know? Everyone knows he doesn’t care. Which is how it should be. Which is how we all should be as Americans, and how the Republican Party is by and large. Everyone I have met who is conservative — nobody cares. It’s the Democrats who are so obsessed and who fetishize these differences between people. It’s sick.”
Even though Moore voted for Hillary Clinton last November — something he brought up after I posed a question during the event’s Q&A portion — Moore now seems to be in huge support of Trump and his platform.
A disjointed panel
What was extremely evident throughout the evening was the difference between the two sides of the panel facing us. On the audience’s left sat established conservatives Karger and Angelo — players who have made a name for themselves with long records of service to the gay conservative movement.
On the audience’s right were newcomers Moore and Wintrich, both of whom have become visible due to their ability to ‘prod the beast’ on social media and spar with their “SJW” peers. With shock value fueling their celebrity, both millennials are currently experiencing the ripple effects from our society’s obsession with Milo Yiannopoulos. With Yiannopoulos now out of the picture, they are carrying on the torch of political incorrectness, blurring the lines between entertainment and politics in the steps of Ann Coulter.
This difference between the two sides of the panel was perpetuated most when hearing them discuss the institution of marriage. Moore and Wintrich were flippant, dismissing the importance of marriage equality because they each aspire not to become the ‘gentrified gays’ society is forcing them to be.
One audience member, Jonathon Doucette, challenged their ignorance during the event’s Q&A portion, speaking out against what he found to be “super disrespectful” statements.
Doucette told us after, “Chad and Lucian and I are all in our late 20s, early 30s. We have never had to fight for gay marriage. We got to grow up with it and see it happen. When you start to say ‘I don’t really care,’ they are not like Fred, who was there in the Reagan administration fighting so we never had to care. You gotta show respect. I thought it was super disrespectful.”
But the disrespect didn’t end there.
You’re no Joan Rivers
While making the point that many actions Trump has overturned while in office were policies that came late in President Obama’s administration, Wintrich snuck in a disgusting jab: “Before Obama left office, he was like, ‘I need an LGBT liaison.’ And he hired the most unattractive tranny.”
The audience laughed.
Continuing, he added, “I begrudgingly will say ‘She.’”
Unable to maintain eye contact with the audience, there was something annoyingly adorable about Wintrich, but his statements continued to be the most insulting and shocking of all on the panel — something he’s rather good at, even if he can’t look you in the eyes while doing it.
Later I brought up the notion that Bill Maher’s recent comparison of Milo Yiannopoulos to Joan Rivers is flawed. Whereas Rivers played comedy clubs, Yiannopoulos played college campuses. I referred to Wintrich’s ‘joke’ about the “unattractive tranny” when saying this, to which he replied, “I mean, ideally we wouldn’t live in a culture in post-enlightenment Western society that regulates speech in general. So we should all be able to say whatever we want.” The audience applauded.
Can we fuck gay Republicans?
Seated in the front row, I sat between two gay men, both of whom were there as supporters of the cause. Both of these guys would never be clocked as gay Republicans on the street, making me rethink my own preconceived notions.
The one on my left — we’ll call him Brad — is a 28-year-old painter who lives on the Upper West Side only a few blocks away from me. In a leather jacket with bracelets around both of his wrists, his glasses are a more expensive version of Warby Parker. He has a strong build, and probably stands around six feet tall. He’s handsome and confident, but also arrogant.
Begrudgingly, I wanted to sleep with him.
After voting for Obama twice but feeling let down by that administration, Brad became a Trump supporter during the last election cycle. He even worked on Trump’s campaign. One of the issues that was a huge determination in his support for the Republican Party is radical Islamic terrorism. He feels like the LGBT community and prominent organizations should be doing more about this threat to our livelihood.
“I belonged to a lot of really prestigious gay charities that perpetuated gay issues,” Brad told me. “After marriage [equality], I personally thought, What are we here for? And here we are now. My opinion is: That cause is radical Islam. Like we heard tonight, a lot of the power brokers in these gay orgs are trying to make the cause illegal immigrants, feminism. If we are gay and we are gay organizations and defending gay causes, then the greatest threat to our [existence] is radical Islam. They are castrating guys.”
Another chimes in: “I don’t want to be blown up when I am at Therapy or Industry [popular gay bars in New York], and you know the security ain’t that great.”
“That is the greatest threat to our existence,” Brad continues. “Not some cake-baker in the middle of Louisiana. Who gives a fuck about that asshole? Go to the next county over and get your marriage license.”
My conversation with Brad then turned from politics to sex.
“You have no idea how many ‘I’m With Her’ faggots I have plowed wearing my ‘Make America Great Again’ hat,” Brad said.
I hate to admit it, but I was disgusted and turned on by Brad at the same time. I didn’t end up taking him home to test-drive his Trump hat, but I did get his number. Turns out he’s a GIF gay — one of those gays who only communicates with GIFs. The worst.
Identity politics are everywhere
I left “Gay Right: A Panel Discussion” thinking about identity politics, something that the panel brought up often as a weakness of the left.
Wintrich proclaimed, “The left only operates off of identity politics.”
Only the left? But wait, we’re sitting at a panel discussion about gay Republicans.
While I agree the left shouldn’t manipulate diversity for self-gain, neither should the right, but that’s what we are allowing happen. As a gay liberal, I must do my due diligence not to fetishize gay Republicans as pariahs, which gives them the soapbox they are looking for — and are currently getting.
By suppressing their beliefs and saying Because you are gay, it’s impossible to be a Republican, we’re suppressing the individual characteristics and freedoms that have been part of our community’s core forever.
Sure, everyone wants to be equal, but do we also want to be the same?