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8/16/2019

Log Cabin Republicans Endorse Trump for 2020

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:55 am



[guest post by Dana]

This comes after declining to endorse Trump in the 2016 elections because his advisers had “a record of opposing LGBT equality”:

Log Cabin Republicans Chairman Robert Kabel and Vice Chairwoman Jill Homan argued in a Washington Post op-ed on Friday that Trump has helped remove LGBTQ rights as a wedge issue in the GOP, citing his administration’s policies on ending the spread of HIV/AIDS as well as his push to get other countries to conform to modern human rights standards.

The leaders also cited Trump’s appointment of Richard Grenell, who is openly gay, as U.S. ambassador to Germany.

“While we do not agree with every policy or platform position presented by the White House or the Republican Party, we share a commitment to individual responsibility, personal freedom and a strong national defense,” Kabel and Homan wrote.

In the op-ed, the nation’s largest grassroots organization representing LGBT conservatives and allies, said:

Trump met his commitments to LGBTQ Americans. He has our endorsement.

Moreover, some gays see Trump as part of a “more-evolved generation of Republicans,” and that is something they can support:

Trump waved the rainbow flag at a campaign rally, entered office fine with same-sex marriage, and just recently said it was “great” to see Pete Buttigieg, an openly gay married man, running for president. The president said he had “no problem with it whatsoever.”

It’s very clear that when it comes to gay issues, Trump represents a new, more-evolved generation of Republicans. As Log Cabin acknowledges in their op-ed, a few Trump administration policies such as the transgender military ban stand out as exceptions to the rule in an otherwise good record…

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)

–Dana

28 Responses to “Log Cabin Republicans Endorse Trump for 2020”

  1. From what I’m reading, this has come as a shock to the gay community at large.

    Dana (fdf131)

  2. Roy Cohn jokes aside, Trump is probably to most genuinely gay-friendly President to be elected. He did not “evolve” like Obama and the also-rans. He had gay friends when being a “practicing homosexual” still meant a prison sentence.

    nk (dbc370)

  3. This is fine but just a tiny bit behind times. The LGBTQIA+ intersectional alliances has picked up a new segmented demographic, and the acronym now must be modified to be properly diverse and inclusive.

    The “Furries” are welcome at LGB… etc events, and vice versa. A large percentage of furries are also gay or trans, though only a slight percentage of LGB…etc are furry. It’s been decided that the Furry-American community is equally worthy of inclusion, recognition, acceptance and accommodation as any other non-traditional sexually-oriented self-identification. So:

    LGBTQIA_F_ +

    Pouncer (df6448)

  4. Trump represents a new, more-evolved generation of Republicans

    God help us.

    Dave (1bb933)

  5. Good: Big Tent etc.,) and a good day I hope, for gay republicans.

    Bet it comes as a shock to people who believe that you can’t be a gay, black or Hispanic republican, or a conservative woman. Good, good.

    Trump has been around gays, like Reagan had been. Unlike many conservatives, RR had been in the entertainment biz, and was a genuinely tolerant man.

    Sometimes takes someone that had a life to teach politicians what inclusiveness means.

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd (0c349e)

  6. Anyway, Twinks For Trump were there before Log Cabin. 😉

    nk (dbc370)

  7. Gays like money.

    mg (8cbc69)

  8. So is Donald Trump likely to get re-elected?

    Jon Davies (15f692)

  9. Acceptance of gays in the GOP was inevitable whether it was via Trump or a more sane Republican. It’s not just people in the entertainment industry or manhattan party scene who know gay people. All of us have gay friends, kids, relatives. They aren’t the devil, they’re just folks trying to make a living and raise families, live their lives. Really it’s about time.

    JRH (52aed3)

  10. I don’t see the “transgender military ban” as being an anti-gay policy, unless you define that as “anything that does not positively affirm trans people”.

    Russ from Winterset (9a357c)

  11. That’s great. Must mean at least, what? 10 locked in votes for Trump?

    rcocean (1a839e)

  12. So is Donald Trump likely to get re-elected?

    Yes, because the alternatives are a doddering old fool, or a bunch of leftists who keep outbidding each other as to how much quasi-Communist drivel they can own up to.

    Bored Lawyer (998177)

  13. 8. Likely? He’s a shoo-in. I wouldn’t even say he’s the best of a bad bunch; he’s just got the most name recognition. I wouldn’t even be so bold as to call him the most inherently charismatic, but the man has mad retail politics skills. There’s no denying that.

    Gryph (08c844)

  14. Most gays would prefer republican party but the democrat flamers get all the publicity. Most gays were chases out of republican party by anti-gay social conservatives when they left democrat party for republican party.

    lany (c0d811)

  15. “Most gays would prefer republican party but the democrat flamers get all the publicity.”

    You mean like Andrew sullivan?

    rcocean (1a839e)

  16. My late father was down on it for religious reasons, but as an owner of several rental properties, he always maintained that you couldn’t ask for better tenants, as they always took care of the property and usually had very good taste.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  17. Today the Trump Administration took the position in a SCOTUS case that transgender individuals aren’t covered by civil rights/discrimination laws solely because they are transgender. The Administration filed a brief in connection with an appeal from the 6th Circuit:

    The Trump administration on Friday filed a brief with the Supreme Court arguing that federal civil rights laws do not protect transgender workers.

    The filing relates to the case of Aimee Stephens, a transgender woman who was fired as the funeral director of R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. in Detroit after she told owner Thomas Rost that she planned to transition from male to female and would be representing herself as a woman while at work.

    In March 2018, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the funeral home had violated Title VII anti-discrimination laws in the decision, with the court ruling that “discrimination on the basis of transgender and transitioning status is necessarily discrimination on the basis of sex” and therefore protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    Maybe this is a coincidence but I have a feeling the Log Cabin Republicans have more gays than transgenders.

    DRJ (15874d)

  18. My gay friends despises trangenders as they view their movement co-opting the good work the gay communities has built up.

    whembly (4605df)

  19. Yeah. When a gay person says “I’m a man/woman and I am attracted to other men/women”, that’s describing their feelings, which you cannot argue with. Who knows a person’s heart better than that person? But trans people say “I am a woman, but I was born with a penis”, that’s a mistake. I mean, sure, you FEEL like a woman, but doesn’t being born with a penis sortof make you…a man? I am sure there are some who do not deny their discrepancy, but the ones who persist in delusion and those who enable their denial are undermining the more reasonable ones.

    Russ from Winterset (9a357c)

  20. > Most gays would prefer republican party

    Do you have any data to back up that claim?

    I know a lot of gay and trans people in my day to day life. Not a single one of them prefers the republican party.

    the plural of anecdote isn’t data, and I have a skewed circle, but this makes it impossible for me to take your claim seriously without data to back it up.

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  21. DRJ – the administration is also talking about repealing the Obama-era rule that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against gay people, and replacing it with one that specifically allows it as long as the discrimination is justified by religious belief.

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  22. > I mean, sure, you FEEL like a woman, but doesn’t being born with a penis sortof make you…a man?

    Honestly, the answer as it is understood by most of us on the left is, “it depends”.

    We make a distinction between *physical/biological gender*, the chromosomes in your cells and the physical characteristics of your body (on the one hand), and the social roles you assume and the way you present yourself to others, and we believe that *outside of a very limited set of special circumstances*, it’s the social presentation which is important, not the biology.

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  23. “I know a lot of gay and trans people in my day to day life. Not a single one of them prefers the republican party.”

    Living in the SF Bay Area – as I think you do – that would come as no surprise.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  24. I’ll tell you what bothers me about the gay lobby:

    I remember when being gay still wasn’t quite as socially acceptable/fashionable as it is now, the gay lobby would tell us, “What we do in the privacy of our own homes is our business.” And at that point, it was a pretty good ethical (though p1ss-poor legal) argument for decriminalizing sodomy. And there were conservative pundits at that stage in the game that said, “You know it won’t stop there. Once homosexuality is made legally acceptable, they’ll push for it to be socially acceptable and before you know it, BAM! It’ll be fashionable.” They were right.

    Gryph (08c844)

  25. DRJ – the administration is also talking about repealing the Obama-era rule that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against gay people, and replacing it with one that specifically allows it as long as the discrimination is justified by religious belief.

    aphrael

    I don’t doubt it but that doesn’t have anything to do with the SCOTUS case, does it?

    DRJ (15874d)

  26. From what I’m reading, this has come as a shock to the gay community at large.

    That there are Log Cabin Republicans?

    Kevin M (21ca15)

  27. If an adult wants to mutilate their body, physically and/or hormonally, and dress/act as a different gender, that’s ultimately their choice.

    What really bothers me is that people are doing this to kids who are nowhere close to adulthood, and in some cases not even past puberty.

    Dave (1bb933)

  28. 27. It may be their choice, but that doesn’t mean I have to approve it and I sure as s**t shouldn’t have to pay for whatever procedure they have done.

    Gryph (08c844)


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