Now that I know that some left-of-center gay activists have lobbied their more intransigent confrères to include Republicans in conferences to oppose Prop 8 (last year) and to repeal it (this year), I realize the difficulty of promoting inclusion at gay confabs and campaigns.
There are those averse to working with Republicans in any situation, even if our support would help them achieve their ostensible objectives. They won’t yield even to colleagues like-minded on most political issues, yet more broad-minded on the issue of including partisan adversaries.
Given the intolerance and prejudice of certain leading gay activists, it would require an almost herculean effort to secure the regular inclusion of Republicans in gay political confabs. I don’t know that I’m up to that fight. But, I do know that some liberal gay men and lesbians have worked behind the scenes on behalf of their ideological and partisan adversaries. I appreciate their efforts and commend them for their diligence on our behalf.
I had hoped to work with some of these people to secure our inclusion. I know that many are up to the task, but it might be asking too much of them to press them to work for inclusion of people that some gay activists perceive as representatives of their greatest enemy and whom they define as self-hating. The time they would devote to fighting for inclusion within gay organizations is time they could not spend fighting for greater tolerance of gay people in society at large.
it’s unfortunate that there are some really hateful gay activists out there. But, it’s important for us gay Republicans to realize that those narrow-minded zealots are not the universe of gay activists. There are also some really good folks whose politics we do not share, but who do believe gay conservatives deserve a place at the table, even if they plan on disagreeing with us as soon as we are seated.