You gotta give major props to GOProud for promoting the stat that 31% of gay people voted Republican in the 2010 mid-terms. It seems I can’t open my e-mail box — or check my Facebook without finding a link to some article or post on this supposedly amazing statistic — amazing only to those who assume that there is some genetic link between same-sex attraction and Democratic politics. Those of us “out” gay Republicans have long been aware that many of our fellows part company from the big-government ideas of the president’s political party.
Many of our fellows are just afraid to talk about it because we fear the recrimination we experience from our politicized peers (when we do come out conservative).
There are a lot of gay people who support small government and find that the ideas of the Tea Party movement resonate. Indeed, many of us, including yours truly, are delighted by the rapid growth of this grassroots movement. It has helped return the focus of the Republican Party to the issues which, we believe, should be its focus.
And we finally have a gay conservative organization able to articulate that:
Economics is at the “forefront” of everyone’s mind, said Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud, a conservative gay advocacy group. . . .
“I think you saw this week and this year a campaign that was run on issues of importance to the vast majority of Americans, including gay Americans and the message of the Tea Party resonates with everyone.”
NB: Tweaked this post to correct some errors.