Last night in North Carolina's largest city, the Democratic Party spotlighted their support for gay rights - including same-sex marriage - in speech after speech. The keynote speaker, Julian Castro, criticized Mitt Romney for opposing "letting people marry whomever they love. She spoke admirably of "proud Americans" who "boldly stand at the altar with who they love.
Opinion Last night, Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel made history as the first openly gay speaker in the history of the Republican National Convention. His speech drew real applause, however hesitant or polite, and made big headlines across major media outlets and every social platform.
Here was an openly gay man, advocating on behalf of a political party that has long refused to acknowledge the existence of people like him. Peter Thiel's presence was, if nothing else, a cosmetic nod to gay humanity from the GOP.
Yet Thiel's speech wasn't used to advance the rights of the LGBTQ community, but to instead do what Republicans have long accused the Democrats of doing — to cynically exploit a person's identity in order to advance a regressive political agenda.
It was the cultural milestone we in the queer community were waiting for, just not the one we deserved. Peter Thiel tells America that he is a proud, gay Republican Thirty years ago, Thiel's speech would have been unthinkable. Republican president Ronald Reagan — the hero of this week's GOP convention — refused for years to provide funding for AIDS researcha disease that disproportionately affected the gay community and ultimately killed more thanAmericans.
Groups like the Moral Majority, which once issued a " Declaration of War" against homosexuals, found a safe haven in the Republican party. Throughout the '80s, '90s, well into the 21st century, the Republican Party stood for "traditional family values," a euphemism used to disguise an anti-queer, anti-trans, anti-human rights agenda.
As a gay teenager growing up in the '90s under the Clinton administration, the distinction between the parties was memorable. The Republican party was the party of "traditional family values," and the Democratic Party — who helped to pass the Defense of Marriage Act — well, they were too, but they were just nicer about it.
It was a miserable set of choices. But this year's Republican party platform was called the " most anti-LGBT platform in history " by none other than the Log Cabin Republicans, the most popular gay Republican group in the country.
The platform wasn't just anti-gay marriage and anti-discrimination laws. It further gave nod to gay conversion therapy, a dangerous and abusive practice denounced by the American Medical Association.
And sitting atop that platform was none other than gay Republican billionaire, Peter Thiel.
This year's Republican party platform was called the most anti-LGBT platform in history For the millions of people who watched the GOP convention this week, and the thousands more that read about it the next day, the message was clear: You can call gay people your friends, you can invite them in as neighbors and fellow party members, while simultaneously voting for their destruction.
It's a dangerous precedent for the Republican party, if not a familiar one. Donald Trump himself captured the paradox perfectly last night. During his run for Congress inPence advocated to redirect funding used to help AIDS victims, to fund gay conversion therapy.
Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which extended hate crime legislation to include gender and sexual orientation. Thiel's inclusion at the ceremony, and Trump's appointment of Mike Pence, made the party's positions clear: Homophobia from our enemies should be denounced, but when hate comes from "real Americans," it comes with a heart.
To Thiel's credit, he did express open distaste for some aspects of the Republican platform: I am proud to be a Republican, but most of all I am proud to be an American," Thiel said, before gently encouraging Republicans to l ets trans people to use the bathrooms of their choice.
I don't pretend to agree with every plank of our party platform. But it's not entirely novel.Address in the Gay Rights Convention. Prejudice against homophiles is like warfare, in which there is no shelter and everyone is involved.
The job with bias and hatred offenses is that many people are incognizant of what they are. Oct 24, · It is, oddly, the part of Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in that I remember best — mostly because it surprised me but also because I . To cap it all off, on Thursday PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel plans to make history as the first GOP convention speaker to announce he is proud to be gay.
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On Thursday of convention week, nominee Trump recalled a gunman's attack on the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. "Only weeks ago, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist - this targeting the LGBTQ community," he said.