Dean Cain Struggles to Answer Why He’s Speaking at Anti-LGBTQ Event

The actor says he's pro-gay rights, so why is he speaking to a group that fights against them?

Actor Dean Cain says he is pro-gay rights, but is scheduled to speak at the annual Values Voter Summit, hosted by the far-right anti-LGBTQ Christian lobbying group the Family Research Council.

In a series of tweets, GLAAD took him to task for this apparent inconsistency, laying out the various ways you can’t call yourself an ally while speaking to one of the most anti-queer groups operating in the country today.

Cain responded, saying he hoped he would be asked about his stance on gay rights, as well as the fact that he is pro-choice.

While his being pro-choice might come up, seeing as he is going there to promote his movie Gosnell, about a former doctor convicted of murdering three infants when they were born alive during failed abortion procedures, it’s harder to imagine they will give him a platform to espouse any pro-gay views.

So GLAAD again pressed him on the issue.

Cain then seemed to grow defensive, and backed away from GLAAD’s challenge.

He also answered others who challenged him on Twitter, arguing that his being there would be a positive for the community, because it could create dialogue. That said, he still wouldn’t commit to pushing for said dialogue to occur. Rather, he will wait to see if they bring it up.

Journalist and podcaster Matt Baume asked him why he wouldn’t openly oppose FRC, to which he said he hadn’t researched them, so he wasn’t in a position to do so. Despite the fact that he had just been educated by GLAAD, and had plenty of time ahead of tomorrow’s event to do some reading, it would seem, if he has time to go back and forth with his critics on social media.

The Voter Values Summit, which will take place today through September 23 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., will also feature a speech by Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday, making him the first sitting VP to speak at the event for FRC, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has named a hate group. Cain will speak tonight, along with co-star AlonZo Rachel and director Nick Searcy.

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Last year, President Trump became the first president to do so. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has also spoken to the organization, telling them they weren’t a hate group, despite their efforts to stop the progress of LGBTQ rights.

UPDATE:

Cain did not make any statements in support of gay rights, it seems, but did take time to complain of hearing about his decision to speak to the virulently anti-LGBTQ group on Twitter.

“It’s funny, because just the fact that I’m here, just the fact that I’m here, people were blowing me up all day long with the most ridiculous things you could ever hear,” he said.

“You know, talk about tolerance, it’s just ridiculous. I take heat. It doesn’t bother me, I welcome it, because I sleep well at night and know I’m doing something that matches my convictions and my heart, and I’ll happily defend the things that I say and the things that I stand for.”

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