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Breitbart welcomed gays into conservative coalition

Reporting on the passing of Andrew Breitbart at LGBT/POV, Karen Ocamb dubbed the new media mogul a “Conservative Gay Ally.”  Indeed, Breitbart very much represented the new face of conservatism, reaching out to gay conservatives and welcoming us into the coalition.  When I approached him last June, identifying myself as a blogger at GayPatriot and asking him to sign my book, he did so with relish.

Not only did he serve on GOProud’s board (leaving only, as Ocamb put it, “over the purported outing of an official in Rick Perry’s presidential campaign”), he criticized CPAC when the organizers of that conservative confab barred the gay conservative group. Calling Breitbart an “unexpected gay ally,” Chris Geidner of Metro Weekly reminded us what Breitbart said when CPAC announced its decision to exclude GOProud:

When the presence of GOProud at CPAC in 2011 was questioned by some on the right, it was Breitbart who told Metro Weekly, “If being conservative means rejecting gay conservatives because they are gay, then fine, I’m not a conservative.”

And yet some lefties contend he is part of the “racist, sexist, anti-gay” right.

Christopher R. Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia, Co-Founders of GOProud, mourned his passing, calling him “an amazing friend and ally to this organization.

Nice to see that some in the gay media recognize the changing face of American conservatism.  Andrew Breitbart was part of that change.  And we gay conservatives feel his loss most acutely.

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29 Comments

  1. He was a true thinking man’s conservative;

    Believing in liberty, individual freedom, and common sense in government policy applied to what works best in a rapidly changing world.

    Comment by Geena — March 1, 2012 @ 6:25 pm - March 1, 2012

  2. Thank you to Rusty for bringing this up in the last thread.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — March 1, 2012 @ 6:35 pm - March 1, 2012

  3. I meant in a previous thread.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — March 1, 2012 @ 6:36 pm - March 1, 2012

  4. I think the most commonly used names I’ve seen to describe, Andrew, from the left today are, “Angry” and “Heavy drinker”.

    Comment by Richard Bell — March 1, 2012 @ 7:48 pm - March 1, 2012

  5. As someone who knew Andrew personally, I can assure you those characterizations are false, Richard.

    Especially the “angry” party. Pure hoax characterization.

    Comment by Bruce (GayPatriot) — March 1, 2012 @ 7:52 pm - March 1, 2012

  6. I don’t condone describing someone as angry and a heavy drinker unless I know for a fact.

    However, someone who describes another on the day of their death as, “big ass motherf@#$er,” “duplicitous ba5tard,” “prick,” and “special pile of human excrement” does not have anger issues? Sorry, Bruce, I’m sorry to hear of the passing of your friend. I really am. But the people I know who aren’t angry don’t react such ways. They just don’t.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — March 1, 2012 @ 8:08 pm - March 1, 2012

  7. I’m still in shock at this terrible loss. Andrew Breitbart was one of very few people I considered a personal hero. My hope was to someday meet him. His vision for this country was clear and precise, positive and affirming. His courage was undaunted, his humor always on hand and his voice firm. Knowing men like Andrew still existed gave me hope for the future. He was to me almost like a character in an Ayn Rand novel; so much bigger than life itself. He took the vitriol the left threw at him and used it to expose them for the midgets they are. His intellect shined like the sun and will not be extinguished. All comfort and peace to his beloved family.

    Comment by John in Dublin — March 1, 2012 @ 8:14 pm - March 1, 2012

  8. […] Yes, Andrew Breibart was really hateful (/sarcasm). Rate this: Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this […]

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  9. RIP, Breitbart… Condolences to his wife and four kids. So young. A terrible thing. From what I’ve read from Dan, Jonah Goldberg, and Rob Long, Andrew was a standup guy.

    His passing has done one thing for me: no longer will I read unmoderated comments (GP excepted, of course).

    The horrifying eruption of unbridled and demented hatred from the oh, so superior left is disturbing on so many levels. It’s unnerving to see that there are so many truly unhinged idiots in the world. I’ve long suspected it but to have it out and proud is too much.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — March 1, 2012 @ 8:42 pm - March 1, 2012

  10. Bretibart was a good man and a great original journalist.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 1, 2012 @ 9:11 pm - March 1, 2012

  11. Even in his death, the American Left can’t stop being themselves.

    Breitbart used the Left’s tactic of ‘many ganging up on one’ to successfully take the fight to the Left.

    Comment by DaveO — March 1, 2012 @ 9:50 pm - March 1, 2012

  12. Iowahawk:

    My personal favorite is the frequent taunting of Breitbart as gay, where the taunter either (a) assumes Breitbart considers it an insult, or (b) actually means it as an insult.

    If you claim to support gays, but use gay as an epithet to insult people you hate… you’re probably a leftist.

    Comment by V the K — March 1, 2012 @ 10:02 pm - March 1, 2012

  13. Peter Schiff interviews Andrew Breitbart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLLIRWVzUIU&feature=g-u&context=G263bfc1FUAAAAAAABAA

    Around 13:00 or a bit later, they get into Arianna Huffington, and Breitbart’s break with her over her conversion to the Left.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 1, 2012 @ 10:32 pm - March 1, 2012

  14. I definitely appreciated Andrew Breitbart’s fearless fighting spirit, something that I feel has been sorely lacking in the conservative movement for years. Many here seem to feel the same way, but I can’t help but wonder: would Andrew be receiving such friendly attention here today if he’d been a full bllown traditionalist on gay issues? I doubt it. He’s being lauded here because he was a “gay ally”. Even in death, it’s all about ‘teh gheys”.

    Comment by Seane-Anna — March 2, 2012 @ 12:16 am - March 2, 2012

  15. Thanks for sharing Seane-Anna, but Dan made no mention of gay in the last Breitbart post. And, in Bruce’s Breitbart post, Bruce only mentioned once that he was a gay ally, among the rest of what he shared. Please do all the reading before commenting and throwing away baseless accusations of GP making Breitbart passing all about “‘teh gays.'”

    Comment by Cinesnatch — March 2, 2012 @ 12:22 am - March 2, 2012

  16. Cinesnatch @ 15, I did read the other posts, that’s why this one stands out like the proverbial sore thumb. If it’s not all about “teh gheys”, why write a post like this one in the first place?

    Comment by Seane-Anna — March 2, 2012 @ 12:42 am - March 2, 2012

  17. He’s being lauded here because he was a “gay ally”. Even in death, it’s all about ‘teh gheys”

    You used “here” as in “Gay Patriot.” GP had THREE posts about Breitbart. One of them had nothing to do with “teh gays.” Another barely mentioned them.

    So, no, Seane-Anna, in your own words, it’s not “all about ‘they geys,'” as you asserted. I can’t break down your own incorrect words any more simply.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — March 2, 2012 @ 1:09 am - March 2, 2012

  18. If it’s not all about “teh gheys”, why write a post like this one in the first place?

    Because Dan felt like it. How does that grab ya?

    Comment by TGC — March 2, 2012 @ 1:14 am - March 2, 2012

  19. He will certainly be missed.

    And Sean-Anna, Breitbart made huge contributions to the gay conservative movement. So asking “would Andrew be receiving such friendly attention here today if he’d been a full bllown traditionalist on gay issues? ” is silly. He wasn’t a “full blow traditionalist”…whatever that is?

    He helped us come together. To not acknowledge that would be to ignore a part of who he was.

    Comment by meredithancret — March 2, 2012 @ 1:45 am - March 2, 2012

  20. It’s a bit like asking, “Would you go to your aunt’s funeral if she wasn’t your aunt?” No, of course not. Breitbart was a part of GOProud, that’s the point.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 2, 2012 @ 3:02 am - March 2, 2012

  21. Seane-Anna, let’s look at it this way. Would you have appreciated “Andrew Breitbart’s fearless fighting spirit” if he treated your religion, your race, your ethnicity, and/or your gender as negatively (i.e., “traditionally”) the way you believe gays should be treated? I’m going to venture not, unless your self-esteem was such that you believe you should be treated negatively, because of your religion, or whatever.

    Comment by Pat — March 2, 2012 @ 6:52 am - March 2, 2012

  22. Seanne – Last I checked, this was a blog called GAYPATRIOT.

    What am I missing?

    If you want NeedlepointPatriot — I’m sure we can help you find that.

    Comment by Bruce (GayPatriot) — March 2, 2012 @ 9:24 am - March 2, 2012

  23. […] read: Brietbart wanted to include gays in conservative coalition and Breitbart better friend to gays than Barack […]

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  24. I had to go look, there is no needlepoint-patriot blog. heh.

    I think the mark you’re missing Seane-Anna is that Breitbart’s personality was waht made him popular, at least as much as his stances.

    Think Alan Dershowitz. I disagree with him on several things, but I respect him.

    More locally, I disagree with Pat on a lot of things (mostly because he’s wrong :P) but there is a mutual respect and the blog would be lessened if he was not here.

    Comment by The Livewire — March 2, 2012 @ 1:14 pm - March 2, 2012

  25. Thanks, Livewire. So many people on this blog are right, that someone has to be wrong. 🙂 Anyway, I suspect we agree on more things than what may be indicated on this blog.

    Comment by Pat — March 2, 2012 @ 4:54 pm - March 2, 2012

  26. […] And more here, from Gay Patriot. […]

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  27. As someone who knew Andrew personally, I can assure you those characterizations are false, Richard.

    Especially the “angry” party. Pure hoax characterization.

    Whenever I saw him at events he was always laughing and joking with people. Very approachable.

    The only time he turned on the “angry” rant was when he got a microphone in his hand.

    After that, he was back to affable guy.

    Comment by The Ugly American — March 2, 2012 @ 8:37 pm - March 2, 2012

  28. Breitbart was special – I hope we get more warriors like him but he seems irreplacable.

    Comment by Sara — March 3, 2012 @ 6:55 pm - March 3, 2012

  29. I miss him so much… he was truly a pioneer and wonderful champion to so many who needed him… I fear for his family….

    Comment by Ignatius — March 5, 2012 @ 9:16 pm - March 5, 2012

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