Gay Republicans Shocked Republican Party Passed Horrifically Anti-Gay Platform

No, this is not an Onion article.

The Republican Party’s 2016 platform was filled with attacks on LGBT Americans—from its attack on marriage equality and praise for bathroom bills to its odious support for debunked conversion therapy.

That it was so transphobic and homophobic should come as a surprise to no one—the GOP hasn’t exactly let up on hateful rhetoric since 2012.

And yet, gay Republicans seem floored their party has sold them down the river.

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In a fund-raising letter, Gregory T. Angelo, president of the Log Cabin Republicans declared he was shocked and dismayed that the GOP had passed “the most anti-LGBT platform in the Party’s 162-year history.”

“This isn’t my GOP, and I know it’s not yours either,” he added. “Heck, it’s not even Donald Trump’s!”

As we reported earlier, efforts to soften the GOP’s social platform fell on deaf ears.

The lone gay delegate, Rebecca Hoff, was left in tear after begging the committee to tone down the attack on same-sex marriage.

“We’re your daughters, your sons, your neighbors, colleagues and the couples you sit next to you in church,” Hoff pleaded. “Freedom means freedom for everyone, including for gays and lesbians.”

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Albert Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result. So, what’s more insane: A party that doubled down on hate even though a majority of Americans support marriage equality and laws protecting LGBT against discrimination?

Or people who keep going to that party, hat in hand, expecting it to change.

Below, read the full text of Angelo’s letter.

Date: July 12, 2016

Dear Friend,

There’s no way to sugarcoat this: I’m mad as hell—and I know you are, too.

Moments ago, the Republican Party passed the most anti-LGBT Platform in the Party’s 162-year history.

Opposition to marriage equality, nonsense about bathrooms, an endorsement of the debunked psychological practice of “pray the gay away” — it’s all in there. This isn’t my GOP, and I know it’s not yours either. Heck, it’s not even Donald Trump’s! When given a chance to follow the lead of our presumptive presidential nominee and reach out to the LGBT community in the wake of the awful terrorist massacre in Orlando on the gay nightclub Pulse, the Platform Committee said “No.”

BUT… now is not the time to sit around feeling sorry for ourselves. Log Cabin Republicans has been officially credentialed for the Republican National Convention, and when it convenes in Cleveland in a mere 6 days’ time I want to be able to take a stand, but we’re going to need your support to do it.

Cleveland is rightly making the most of their time in the spotlight, and prices for advertising in area news outlets are sky-high.

That’s why I’m writing to ask for your help.

Please give today and give generously — $500, $250, $100, or whatever you can give would go a long way to ensuring we don’t go quietly into the night.

Take back the Platform. Take back the Party. Stand up today and let the folks on the Platform Committee who paved the way to this foolishness know you’re not going down without a fight!


Gregory T. Angelo

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.