For as long as I have observed and particpated in gay politics, I have noticed that, by and large, the diversity at gay confabs is one of appearance, not ideas. Well, perhaps, I’m being a bit harsh, they do include a range of political opinion from socialist progressives (and communist sympathizers) to what some deem as conservatives, i.e., the Democratic apologists at HRC.
To be sure, there are exceptions, but when in the organized opposition to Prop 8 and now the nascent movement to repeal 8, Republicans are about as scarce as virgins at the Playboy Mansion.
While some of our critics fault me for pointing this out ad nauseum and doing nothing about it, I have been reaching out to the few people I know out here (in LA) in contact with the leadership of the gay organizations. One person, either at my behest or on her own steam, has pointed out the absence of Republicans to some of those leaders. I spoke with another individual who reported on efforts within one gay organization to include more Republicans. And this before I raised the issue.
It seems that they have encountered some pretty strong resistance from those averse to dealing with Republicans all together.
In short, there are a number of liberal gay activists quietly working behind the scenes to promote political diversity in the gay leadership, but they face an entrenched intransigence among what, I would call, a hard-left gay establishment.
I can’t yet single out by name those whom I have contacted and who have responded sympathetically to my concerns. But, I do want to commend them for taking on a cause not entirely their own, the inclusion of those with political beliefs at odds with their own in the gay leadership and at gay confabs.
Just as not all gay activists are lickspittles to the Democratic Party, not all gay activists are committed to the exclusion of Republicans.
I realize now that, even with some allies on the gay left, it is quite a daunting task to fight for the inclusion of Repubilcans in the efforts to overturn 8. And I’m not quite sure this is my fight. For now, let me point out that not all prominent gay activists suppot the exclusion of gay Repubicans. Some actually are quietly working for our inclusion. It’s just that they’re up against a determined cadre of intolerant zealots who see attacking Republicans as an article of faith–and perhaps their primary purpose.