Broadly speaking, there are two types of reactions we get when we come out as conservative to our gay peers, particularly to those who have never previously met a “homocon.” To be sure, there is also a third type of reaction we get, but that from those who more regularly interact with gay conservatives and who are truly familiar with the ideas undergirding modern American conservatism. And while it may seems sometimes that most who meet us respond with bile and vitriol, we only report those stories more often because they provide greater entertainment and reveal much about a growing strain of intolerance inherent in the new American left.
We also tend to remember such dramatic confrontations more readily than we more polite and genuinely curious expressions of incredulity. And that type of incredulity seems to be the more common reaction, gay men and lesbians who seem legitimately astounded that someone so intelligent, sensitive and interesting could support ideas or back the political party whose guiding principle, they have been taught to believe, is preserving straight white male privilege. Unlike the “third type” mentioned above, they have little real experience with real conservatives and almost no understanding of Republican ideals. They don’t know the history of the conservative movement and remain unfamiliar with the everyday concerns of rank-and-file Republicans.
All they know is what gets filtered through the mainstream media, what they learn in conversations with their friends and, increasingly, what they find presented in various social media. They have rarely met actual conservative individuals and have had almost no exposure to our web-sites, magazines, editorial pages nor have they read books which articulate our ideals. (more…)