It is perhaps ironic that I waited until the last minute to decide to attend an event which could turn out to be one of the most seminal of my life. Note, I say, “could.”
I met so many good people, spent time with a number of old friends and finally got to experience a national convention something I have wanted to do for decades.
When I wasn’t watching the various speeches on the floor, I spent the week attending gay luncheons and social gatherings as well as hanging out with right-of-center bloggers. I was delighted to be on the same side as the Log Cabin folks this time and pleased to finally meeting so many bloggers whom, as I noted before, I had only known as pixels on a screen.
One guest at Tuesday’s luncheon where Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon announced the McCain endorsement remarked later how enthusiastically I had applauded. I replied I wanted to show my support of that decision. I strive to be honest when evaluating Log Cabin, criticizing them when they are too harsh in criticizing Republicans Republicans or too soft in distancing themselves from the left-leaning gay groups. Or when they too readily embrace the statist policies of those groups.
I’d rather be praising them, particularly because their new leadership has shown a greater readiness to engage their gay conservative critics. It’s not just President Patrick Sammon. Communications Director Scott Tucker, Vice President John Sinovic and Director of Programs & Policy Jimmy la Salvia have all shown a willingness to listen even when we take issue with their statements and policies.
It was not always easy to present myself to others as a gay blogger so that I could better gauge the participants’ reaction to a gay Republican in their midst (as I had hoped to do when I set off for St. Paul). When I did, no one expressed any open hostility. But, there were times when it was awkward to try to insert my sexuality into a conversation without seeming like I was advertising my difference.