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Do Republicans Really Hate Gay People?

Recently, an article by author Chad Felix Green appeared in The Federalist. The article, titled The Stigma Against My Conservative Politics Is Worse Than The Stigma Of Being Gay is a point of view editorial by the author on his life, politics, and the backlash he’s faced since “coming out” as a conservative. 

The response wasn’t great.

Like this from the Chairman of the Democratic Coalition

Or this from a Deadspin columnist. 

Or this:

The list goes on. Rest assured, there was more random hate and outrage spewed at Chad from the left-wing community. The above examples are just a sampling of the response from the media and blue checkmark brigade.

Full Disclosure: I’m not gay. But Chad is. A fact that is obvious since he wrote the piece but also because he doesn’t hide many details of his life. As he outlined in his response to Jon Cooper’s tweet:

Why The Outrage?

It would be easy to pass this off as more leftist hate and double-standards. Does the ideologically-driven “left” of this country really hate people who “wander off the plantation” as commentator and provocateur Candace Owens often puts it?

Sure. There is a growing and religion-level orthodoxy to far leftist thinking. It is seeping into mainstream culture and being propagated by the corporate media.

When Kanye West dared say something nice about Trump, Hollywood acted as though he had a brain tumor. Literally.

When Steve Harvey declared he would be open to working with Trump to bring about positive change in the black community, the backlash essentially sent him back into the woodwork. 

When actor/writer/director Mark Duplass tacitly endorsed Ben Shapiro by saying, essentially, “hey, if you want to hear an honest voice from the other side, check this guy out” the outrage came for him as well. He was forced to retract.

Because feminist and sex educator Laci Green has *dared* converse with Conservatives and Republicans over the last few years; often debating them and taking a pretty typical “leftist” stance on most issues: she’s a travelling companion of the alt-right now, according to Vox.

The list goes on. The backlash against these individuals, as well as Chad Felix Green, shows the evangelical-level ferocity with which “the left” fights back against those who are led astray from the party line of the inter-sectional flock.

But of course, these views didn’t appear out of nowhere. Republicans and Conservatives have not historically been great on gay rights. However, the question is: where are they now? 

Do Republicans Hate Gay People?

I am not now, nor have I ever been a registered Republican. However, I am far more “on the right” than “the left” so sure, I’ll stand-in for Republican thought here.

Do Republicans hate gay people? Some of them do, sure. The same as some Democrats do. Some Libertarians do as well. Green Party? I’m sure there’s homophobia in there as well. Traditionally, since Republicans were closely associated with certain religious groups, this has been magnified. 

Those attitudes, however, are changing. As recently as 2001, a majority of Americans did not support same-sex marriage. That position has been changing rapidly since then.

Among religious-minded folks, attitudes have continued to change as well. Now, a majority of both Catholics and mainline Protestants support same-sex marriage. 

When viewed through a partisan lens, Republicans have also been coming around.

In fact, a greater percentage of self-identified “Conservatives” (41%) are likely to support same-sex marriage than self-identified Republicans (40%).

We’re Moving In the Right Direction

I realize those numbers aren’t where “the left” want them to be. They aren’t where we, as a society, should want to be either. But to put it simply, things don’t change overnight. Attitudes and opinions don’t change because of a law or an outrage mob. Nor should we expect them to. Nor should we attempt to force them to, lest we’re okay with creating a backlash.

In just a little over a decade, attitudes towards same-sex marriage have more than completely reversed. From 54% opposing in 2007 to 62% supporting in 2017. 

Perception, prejudice, bias, and hate do not disappear overnight. However, this is about as close to that occurring as you’re likely to see as an example.

No, I don’t think Republicans don’t by and large “hate” gay people. At least not the ones I’m familiar with and associate with. I’ve honestly not seen a real example of hatred directed towards homosexuality by anyone in my personal circle, past or present.

Is it true that some individuals may not approve of the lifestyle? Yes. And remember, according to the chart above, nearly 1/3 of Democrats would fall into that category as well. 

And that has more to do with the fact that it takes time to bring about change. 

My Own Story

If you had asked me 10 years ago if I supported gay marriage, my response would likely have been lukewarm at best. Maybe? Maybe not. If there was a a vote on it… I’m not sure I would have voted for it. Honestly? I don’t know.

I didn’t harbor any ill will towards the gay community, mind you. And I didn’t think being gay was bad, wrong, or sinful. Truth be told, I don’t think I had a strong opinion on it. I honestly don’t know. I don’t know why most of America didn’t support gay marriage back then either. We, as a society, just didn’t.

My views on this, and many other things, have changed. And they didn’t change because an angry mob yelled at me for being homophobic. They didn’t change because a law was passed to punish me if I said “hey, I’m not sure about gay marriage.” My views didn’t change because gay marriage was upheld by the Supreme Court. No. None of these moved the needle.

They changed for the same reason that anyone else changes their mind. Time and experience. 

When It Happens Close To Home

For a time I worked in a profession where homosexuals are, let’s say, well represented. I came to enjoy working with these individuals and considered a few of them friends. 

Yes, I had (and have) gay friends. Some of them became close friends. The same as any other friendship.

For me, the primary change to my way of thinking came from a particular experience I had. Several years ago and through my work I had become friendly with a lesbian couple. I had known them for several years at this point. Our relationship was a typical employee/customer relationship but it was friendly and in many ways personal.

One of the women became sick. Very sick. She required a major surgery to get better. Her partner, a woman with whom she’d been in a committed relationship with for upwards of 20 years, was not allowed any type of spousal or partner privilege. This would have been around 2007ish. Gay marriage wasn’t legal yet at this time.

In the eyes of the medical community (and more specifically, the laws governing it), she was basically a concerned friend. And friends don’t get granted special permissions, privileges, or access.

These two women were every bit as connected and committed to one another as any heterosexual couple. Yet, the doctors wouldn’t (couldn’t) discuss treatment options, test results, prognosis, etc. Nothing. Family members only. And you’re not family.

I didn’t agree with that. It seemed wrong. It was.

That Did It.

And so my mind changed. It had already been changing before then, but this was the final experience which caused me to re-examine my stance and change my mind. And it changed because that’s how mind’s change. Through time and experience. Through exposure to different people, cultures, and situations.

It wasn’t because a law was passed. And it wasn’t because an angry mob shamed me into getting on board. It was because the reality of the situation had hit close enough to home that I was able to have a serious conversation with myself and decide. 

I realize we live in a woke culture where everyone is supposed to take an obvious stance on issues like this. Younger folks may not realize that there was a time not too long ago where we, as a society, didn’t “just know” the correct stance to take.

So What Now?

I’m sure some Republicans do hate gay people. And I’m sure some Democrats do as well. Which is all the more reason, in my opinion, to treat people like individuals and judge them on their actions and words rather than whatever immutable characteristic box we can put them in.

It’s also all the more reason to not ascribe a presumed viewpoint or policy position to someone based solely on the letter (R) or (D) next to their name. People are a diverse group. Our opinions are often complicated. Sometimes they conflict with one another. Sometimes they go against stereotypical expectations.

If you believe in ideas rather than assumptions; in principles rather than people, you’ll find fellow travelers in places you didn’t think you would. 

Back to Chad

What is clear, however, is that the people who came to attack Chad Felix Green were not Republicans who were outraged by him daring to compare his Conservative-ness to being gay. It was the left-wing outrage brigade which sought to ridicule him for daring to say “hey, it was tougher for me to be accepted as a conservative than as a gay man.”

I’m sure that’s not the experience of everyone who “comes out” as gay, conservative, or both. However, that was his. Agree, disagree, or other. Think it doesn’t matter? That’s fine. Think he’s crazy? Okay. Think he’s just plain old wrong about this? Hey, that’s fine too.  

But don’t try to silence him or tell him to shut up for sharing his experience. You’re free to dismiss it. That’s your right. But if I know Chad (and I don’t), I don’t think you’ll have much luck getting him to shut up.

What’s also clear is that those who came to Chad Felix Green’s defense were not Liberal Democrats. They weren’t cut from the Progressive cloth. They were Conservatives, Republicans, and Libertarians. 

Draw whatever conclusions you like from that. Call it pandering to those evil gay-hating Republicans if you will. I happen to think Chad would call it progress. 

So would I.

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The Case for Gay Republicans

Gay Republicans are Real

Many on the Left gasp in horror when they meet Gay Republicans.  Somehow, being gay became synonymous with being a raging Liberal.

I’m not a raging Liberal.  In fact, I never have been. I flirted with the Left briefly after I “came out”, but I ended up running back to the Right once I realized I wasn’t obligated to be there.

This concept was simple for me to understand.  I didn’t agree with Liberals on anything aside from gay marriage, so why would I base my vote on a Democrat on one issue?

However, this is considered a cardinal sin in the LGBT world.

It doesn’t have to be.  Here’s why.

The LGBT Community Needs A Strong Economy Too

It’s pretty hard to U-Haul on the second date if you don’t have enough money to buy or rent a house.

Economic prosperity means you and your partner, regardless of what you “identify” as, will have the money to do the things you want to do.

Voting Democrat because you support LGBT rights, also means you’re voting for higher taxes, more government regulations, and weaker economies.

There are other policies that come along with your vote for the Left.

Your Democrat Congressman may support your right to change your gender on your driver’s license, but he also supports legislation that suffocates businesses.

 

If you can’t put food on your table, does it really matter what your license says?

It may to you, but you can’t employ thousands of people with your gender designation.

Open Borders are Bad for Everyone

Being gay does not mean you are obligated to save the world.

In fact, open borders is a terrible idea for the LGBT community because many of the people who want to flood here, punish gays in their native countries with the death penalty.

Allowing anyone to come here without vetting and due process puts our culture, our way of life and our government at risk.

If these people are unwilling to assimilate to American culture, they will bring their archaic beliefs with them.  They will elect people who represent those beliefs.  Those Representatives will influence legislation and ultimately, you.

Linda Sarsour, a prominent Muslim activist for the Democratic Party is vocally anti-Semitic and pro-Sharia Law.  For some reason, she is the poster child for Liberal tolerance and diversity.

However, if she were to get her way and Sharia Law ruled America; women would be oppressed, gays would be executed, and the LGBT community would be forced underground once again.

Ever wonder why there are no Muslims in the Republican Party?  Islam promotes traditional family structure, opposes abortion and much like the Christians, are devout to their God.  It would actually make MORE sense for the Muslims to run under a Republican ticket, right?

Wrong.  Their fundamental beliefs directly contradict American values and rule of law.

Nationalism does not always equal racism.  Racism does not always require Nationalism.

Promoting Nationalism means that you want the people of your country to be taken care of first.

If you’re gay, straight, black, white, Hispanic etc and are a citizen of this nation, that applies to you.

Embrace it.  Cherish it. Protect it.

The 2nd Amendment Applies to Everyone

Gay RepublicansThe LGBT was the victim of violence for many years. (Ironically, now it’s conservatives.)

Do you think if Matthew Shepherd had been armed that night in Wyoming, he would have been beaten to death?  Absolutely not.

Communities who arm themselves remove victimhood from their lives.

Buy a gun, learn how to use it and change the script of our story.  Being gay does not mean you have to be a victim, ever.

Everyone has the right to protect themselves.

Abortion is Murder

Last time I checked, gay people didn’t have to worry about unwanted pregnancy.

In fact, many gay and lesbian couples would gladly take any unwanted baby and raise them in a loving family.

Your sexuality does not mean you have to support someone else’s irresponsibility.

Life is precious and if you are a gay couple who have to pay thousands of dollars to build your family, you should protect it all costs.

If that doesn’t change your mind, watch a video of an abortion being performed.

It will break your heart, turn your stomach and traumatize you for life.

Finally, Gay Marriage is Settled

The Supreme Court ruled on gay marriage.  We’ve established the precedence and overturning it would be very difficult.  Justice Brett Kavanaugh confirmed this ruling during his confirmation process.

When pressed on the issue of Gay Marriage, he stated that the Supreme Court had already ruled on the treatment of homosexual people.

Gays for TrumpThe Republican Party has moved on, so should you.

In fact, almost all of the bigotry, homophobia, and hate I’ve experienced since I came out was from the Left.

Shocked?

You shouldn’t be.  The Democrats have a long and violent history of hate, racism, and discrimination.

It wasn’t until the 1950’s when they figured out the minority vote is a powerful tool.  They’ve been pushing the oppressed and victim platform ever since.

In reality, most Democrats opposed gay marriage for most of their careers. If you think they suddenly care about you now, I have a bridge to sell you.

Just Be An American

Ultimately, the Republican party doesn’t care your race, religion or orientation if you love and protect your country.

Take a look at what you stand for.  What you really stand for, not for what they tell you to stand for.  Are the Democrat solutions really what is best for yourself and this country?

Talk to a conservative or many.  How do they treat you?

Furthermore, disagree with a liberal.  See how they treat you.

We need to stop defining ourselves by singular issues like race, orientation or gender.  We are so much more than that and at the end of the day, you’re just as human as anyone else.  If you take the “gay” out of your identity for one minute, would you still vote the same?

It’s okay to identify with ALL the things that make you, you.  Stop allowing the Democratic Party to hold you hostage because of identity politics.

You deserve better.

 

The Gay Republican movement is growing stronger by the day.  We’re ready for you to join us.

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Conservative Blacks

The Difference Between Conservative Blacks and Liberal Blacks

The Difference Between Conservative Blacks and Liberal Blacks

I was raised in a Democrat household during the turbulent 60s and 70s. As a youngster, I knew nothing of political parties. However, my parents managed to instill conservative principles within me that, as I grew older, eventually caused me to rethink my affiliation with the Democrat Party.

The more I thought about it, the more I came to realize that I had nothing in common with the Democrat Party, and I eventually left! However, for the next three (3) decades, I had no political home. I absolutely could not return to the Democrat Party, every minor political party that I investigated left much to be desired, and the Republican Party was composed of a bunch of old, white racists…weren’t they?

At least…that’s what I had been led to believe!

With that as a backdrop, I want to relate something that I have come to know about one of the important differences between liberal blacks and conservative blacks.

Racism In My Youth

My first recollection of racism occurred when I was about 9 years old and living in Philadelphia, PA.  Amazingly, I didn’t even recognize it at the time.

 

My older brother, a couple of friends, and I were returning home from a day at the park (walking) and decided to stop for ice-cream at a drug store (in those days, virtually all drug stores had a soda and ice-cream fountain). We walked in and took seats at the counter and waited to be served. There were only a few patrons, and the woman behind the counter did not look busy, at all. Despite that, we waited several minutes, and no one seemed eager to help us. My older brother finally asked for service, and I will never forget the response from the clerk: “We don’t serve your kind here.”

In my ignorance, I thought she meant that they didn’t serve KIDS there! However, when we told our parents about it, we were warned to never return to that store. We were told that the reason the clerk said what she said was that we were black. My takeaway from that was that white people did not like black people.

The True Source of the Racism

Over the next several years, I came to experience additional incidents of racism from time to time. However, occasionally, I would meet some whites who appeared to be different and accepted me as an equal. Although I wondered what the difference was, I didn’t really dwell on it.

Years later, when I had begun to pay more attention to politics, I learned that many of those who exhibited racist tendencies toward me were Democrats. I could only be certain of those who made it known who they supported in elections, so I cannot honestly state that all were Democrats, but I now began to take mental notes.

I also noticed that many blacks spoke disparagingly about all whites. Not exactly sure what to make of this phenomenon, but I knew that what was being talked about was not universally true. By this time, I was aware that virtually all blacks that I knew voted almost 100% for Democrats.

I Snuck Off the Democratic Plantation

This was about the time that Jimmy Carter was POTUS. In his race against Reagan, I had voted for Reagan but kept it a closely-guarded secret. I didn’t exactly know why, but I surmised that it was probably in my best interest to do so since Reagan belonged to that racist, dastardly Republican Party. Even so, I sensed that he, himself, was a decent, honorable man.

I was very confused about all of this and decided that the best cure for confusion was knowledge. Thus, I began a thorough search for the truth. Slowly (no internet in those days), I unearthed one nugget of truth after another and was dumbfounded at what I discovered.

Imagine my surprise to learn that it was not ALL WHITES who condoned and perpetuated the vile and horrific condition of slavery on blacks in America…it was white DEMOCRATS!

The KKK, lynchings, intimidation, Jim Crow, Black Codes, and other such evils were not “racist” Republican constructs…they were tools of the Democratic Party designed to keep the newly-freed black slaves from voting for Republican candidates.

However, the more I learned, the more difficult it became to accept the truth. If all this was true, why did blacks vote for Democrats at all? It took a while, but I eventually learned about how the Democratic Party duped blacks into trading the old plantations of slavery for a new plantation of slavery by using handouts to accomplish their goal. It was immensely successful and persists to this day.

The Tea Party

But then, something remarkable happened. A gentleman by the name of Rick Santelli became fed up with out-of-control government spending and went on a rant on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in February 2009. He became the catalyst for the American Tea Party phenomenon that swept the nation almost immediately thereafter. I agreed with everything he had said and later joined the newly-formed First Coast Tea Party of Jacksonville Florida.

Conservative Blacks

In the Tea Party, I met and/or came to know thousands of like-minded individuals, who like me, realized that our nation was in trouble. Over the next several years, I was a very active Tea Party member who participated in rallies, fundraisers, education of the membership, and more. I even became a regular speaker at local Tea Party gatherings…invited by Billie Tucker (founder) and other Tea Party organizers.

 

Then came one of the biggest shocks of my entire life:

MOST OF THESE TEA PARTY PEOPLE…WERE REPUBLICANS!

White Republicans, Black Republicans, Hispanic/Latino Republicans, (legal) Immigrant Republicans, Men, Women…you name it! All Republicans…with a smattering of Independents, and even a few Democrats.

Talk about CONFUSION on an almost cosmic scale!

Cognitive Dissonance

But as I came to know these people, I discovered something else. The Black Republicans that I met seemed different from Black Democrats. Most of the Black Democrats almost always spoke negatively about all Whites, irrespective of party affiliation and seemed to be exceedingly concerned about racism and complained incessantly about being the target of racism. None of the Black Republicans did so. I found this to be stunning! What was the important difference that I alluded to earlier? It took a while, but I believe I have finally discovered the reason.

  • Black Democrats shun Republicans and interact mostly with other Democrats.
  • Since the Democrat Party is the party of racism and slavery, it stands to reason that much of the racism experienced by Black Democrats comes from Whites in their own party.
  • Black Republicans interact mostly with other Republicans of all colors.
  • Since the Republican Party is the party of freedom…well…you do the math!

 

Here is the bottom line: Black liberals are the ones complaining about racism and being called the N-word. Blacks who are conservatives RARELY initiate complaints or concerns about it.

The reason I am so confident that this is true is that in the last 11 years (since joining the Republican Party), I have not experienced any racism from another Republican at all!

I challenge any Black Democrat to make the same claim!

 

About Our Guest Author:

Joshua Warren is a husband, father, and Patriot.  His life experiences are a testament to free-thinking Americans who are not afraid to question the norm.  Hardworking, honest and loyal to his country, we are honored Joshua is a Closet on the Right community member.

Thank you Joshua!

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