In the course of this cross country trip, I have met readers from a number of jurisdictions (Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville) who have participated in Tea Parties, with most being quite open about their sexuality. And, well, guess what? None of them has had a problem. They have all been welcomed.
Indeed, each of these participants has more evidence of a welcoming attitude toward homosexuals than he does of widespread racism among activists. Yet, we have seen numerous articles in the MSM and posts on left-wing blogs about that supposed racism. At the same time, in those media, I have uncovered no stories about gay participation in Tea Parties. (If you have seen some, please let me know and I will update this post accordingly.)
Seems an interesting story that the most dynamic grassroots movement in America today — which happens to enjoy broad support among American conservatives — has been so welcoming of gay people. Yet, the media ignore it while focusing on a much, much, much smaller segment of the movement.
As I e-mailed a friend who has been active in the Charlottesville Tea Party, “If the Tea Parties are racist because of a handful of kooks, then they’re at the forefront of the gay movement because of a handful of homosexuals.” And reports from our readers indicate that there have been more than a handful at Tea Parties across the nation.