Gay Republicans Who Deflect, Downplay, & Ignore Anti-Gay Republicans: A. Capital Hill Staffer's Guide to Understanding Them

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    Sep 24, 2011 1:23 PM GMT
    Being gay and a Republican is often seen as an oxymoron in today's society. Gays who are not Republicans have a difficult time understanding why they would support a party who has a solid base on anti-gay platforms.

    As a Hill Staffer in Washington DC, I've worked with dozens of gay Republicans I've gained a solid understanding of them. To make things more simplex, I've catalogued Three Main Types of Gay Republicans:

    1) The Well-Adjusted, Barry Goldwater Republican

    This is the gay Republican who was forced to vote for Obama in 2008 because he watched the GOP party dive off the deep end. He is passionate about fiscal conservatism, personal individual rights and a strong adherence to.the Constitution. He considers himself a "real" Republican and is aghast that the Religious Right has turned the GOP party batshit crazy. He is critical of Democrats but far more critical of Republicans who stray from "true" Republican ideals. He refuses to support anti-gay Republican candidates and is vehemently supportive of gay rights as a civil rights movement to which the Republican Party was during the periods of segregation. Will not hesistate to call out anti-gay Republicans for being bigots. Works tirelessly to change the party back into one Lincoln would be proud of.

    Personal Qualities

    Stable personality. Proud of being gay. Pro-gay family environment. Fierce individualism. High self-esteem. Fiscally conservative, socially pro-individualism. Not afraid to stand up for his ideals even at the expense of being called a RINO.

    2) The "I Got Mine, Fuck Y'all" Republican

    Money. That's it nothing else matters. The pursuit of wealth is considered THE ultimate tenet of the American Dream. He often comes from a privileged background where status and what car you drive matters more than anything else. Has been taught since birth that money is what makea him special and above everyone else. If there is a problem money can't fix, nothing can. Has few moral scrupples about voting for any candidate provided his platform benefits the upper class. Anti-gay? So what? What matters is low corporate taxes so he can buy a new Louis Vuitton bag.

    Personal Qualities
    Selfish. Narcissistic. May own a small/large company. If he comes from a privileged background, he considers "gay rights" something that poor people should fight for because they are protected by their wealth. If he comes from a poor or middle class background, a high tax rate is worse than a sodomy law. Superficial support for gay rights simply to look good and keep appearances. Low self-esteem reliant on wealth. May be ashamed of being gay so he uses exorbent displays of expense for outward validation.

    3) The Small Town, Red State Republican Comes from a small town in Texas/Alabama/Arkansa/etc. and PROUD of it, mister! Often comes from a poor to middle class background with possible ties to the miltary. Prizes American masculinity and good ol' fashioned values. Usually fiscally and socially conservative. Will support an anti-gay Republican and will ignore anti-gay rhetoric 'for the good of the nation". Feels strong loyalty to conservative background and family; especially echoed if in the military.

    Personal Qualities

    Low self-esteem. Possible self-loathing. Possibly closeted. Feels a strong need for validation from family and community. He feels that his "gayness" makes him "different " from what he desperately wants to belong to. So he either hides it or employs a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. If out to family and friends, he does his absolute best to be conservative and non-liberal as possible to gain validation from his peers who might of rejected him. He may passively support gay rights but he truly does not care because he feels shame over who he is. Displays anatagonism against "liberal" gays who attack anti-gay Republicans because they perceive it as an attack against their families and peers who may hold the same opinion. Displays Stockholm Syndrome where he conceptualizes anti-gay Republicans as parental figures and pro-gay rights as "attackers" due to unresolved coming out issues with his parents (i.e. if I can get Michele Bachmann's approval, maybe my mommy will love me). Ignores anti-gay vitrol from Republicans because he often hears it from his family and friends. Displays irrational hatred toward and unfounded arrogance over gay community because he feels like the "good gay" and "not like them."



    Feel free to comment or add more gay Republican archetypes you've met.



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    Sep 24, 2011 2:10 PM GMT
    I've met more than a few of what I call 'DREAM WORLD-gay Republicans'.

    This type believes his own bullshit. He's in the upper income bracket and feels greatly oppressed by burdensome taxation. IN REALITY, he makes 50K or less annually. His main source of oppression is the monthly lease on the Mercedes that helps him support his image.

    A significant sub category is the ONLINE Dreamers:

    They write TWELVE HOURS DAILY about their needs as busy, Busy businessmen. They write about the burdens of regulations and taxation. They write about the burden of OBAMA and how he may not understand them. THEY WRITE A LOT. I fear that their imaginary businesses are getting very little attention.
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    Sep 24, 2011 2:15 PM GMT
    There are two things I want to see before I die.....

    A unicorn and a "well-adjusted gay Republican"
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    Sep 24, 2011 5:01 PM GMT
    DCUniversalGear saidBeing gay and a Republican is often seen as an oxymoron in today's society. Gays who are not Republicans have a difficult time understanding why they would support a party who has a solid base on anti-gay platforms.

    As a Hill Staffer in Washington DC, I've worked with dozens of gay Republicans I've gained a solid understanding of them. To make things more simplex, I've catalogued Three Main Types of Gay Republicans:

    1) The Well-Adjusted, Barry Goldwater Republican

    This is the gay Republican who was forced to vote for Obama in 2008 because he watched the GOP party dive off the deep end. He is passionate about fiscal conservatism, personal individual rights and a strong adherence to.the Constitution. He considers himself a "real" Republican and is aghast that the Religious Right has turned the GOP party batshit crazy. He is critical of Democrats but far more critical of Republicans who stray from "true" Republican ideals. He refuses to support anti-gay Republican candidates and is vehemently supportive of gay rights as a civil rights movement to which the Republican Party was during the periods of segregation. Will not hesistate to call out anti-gay Republicans for being bigots. Works tirelessly to change the party back into one Lincoln would be proud of.

    Personal Qualities

    Stable personality. Proud of being gay. Pro-gay family environment. Fierce individualism. High self-esteem. Fiscally conservative, socially pro-individualism. Not afraid to stand up for his ideals even at the expense of being called a RINO.





    Got news for ya... THOSE are called "independents" now.. And NO, they refuse to be called RINO or 'republican'...

    Oh and we jumped ship way back in 92!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Sep 24, 2011 8:50 PM GMT
    If I was a registered republican, I would definitely be one of the well adjusted Barry Goldwater republicans or #1. However, I am an independent for now. You could also call me a "recovering democrat" because I was a registered democrat for almost two decades. The democrats have wrecked many older northern cities like Buffalo, Cleveland, and Detroit with their longtime monopoly rule and their destructive urban policies. So I broke away from the democrats and their same as always approach to city government which has caused severe urban decline.
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    Sep 24, 2011 9:18 PM GMT
    When "thinking locally" those registered Republicans seem to be able to handle the issues as well as any.....and better than an entrenched, crony-system Democrat. (Of course in long-held Republican areas you have an equal tendency to cronyism.)

    A Republican mayor or councilperson, when focused on fiscal prudence, is just what we need.

    BUT when it comes to The Big Philosophical Issues, discussed on a national level, those same registered Republicans seem to all go nuts! They try to outdo each other in attempts to be narrow-minded and intolerant. HOW MANY REPUBLICANS VOTED TO REPEAL DADT???

    Gay Republicans spend a lot of time trying to justify the strange pronouncements of their leaders. It must be a painful mental juggling act....so I do have some compassion. The very strange bi-sected world of the Gay Republican is well exemplified in the personage of one Senator Lindsay Graham. His logic is as confused as a teenage girl struggling with pubescence.
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    Sep 24, 2011 9:28 PM GMT
    We need republican leadership in the City of Buffalo because the democrats were in monopoly power since 1964 and the city has declined rapidly ever since largely because of the democrats grip on power and rampant corruption in city hall. Detroit and Cleveland have suffered from similar problems thanks to monopoly democratic rule.
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    Sep 25, 2011 12:23 AM GMT
    So tell me about these Barry Goldwater-types. You say they do not support anti-gay Republicans, but that sounds like it would be a pretty small number of Republican congressman or candidates to choose from.

    There are a couple of members here who self-describe themselves with those characters of the "Well-Adjsuted, Barry Goldwater Types," but I see them supporting candidates with anti-gay stances.
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    Sep 25, 2011 12:26 AM GMT
    creature saidSo tell me about these Barry Goldwater-types. You say they do not support anti-gay Republicans, but that sounds like it would be a pretty small number of Republican congressman or candidates to choose from.

    There are a couple of members here who self-describe themselves with those characters of the "Well-Adjsuted, Barry Goldwater Types," but I see them supporting candidates with anti-gay stances.


    who are their GOP candidates with pro equality stances?


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    Sep 25, 2011 12:53 AM GMT
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    creature saidSo tell me about these Barry Goldwater-types. You say they do not support anti-gay Republicans, but that sounds like it would be a pretty small number of Republican congressman or candidates to choose from.

    There are a couple of members here who self-describe themselves with those characters of the "Well-Adjsuted, Barry Goldwater Types," but I see them supporting candidates with anti-gay stances.


    who are their GOP candidates with pro equality stances?


    Fred Karger.. whom the GOP flicks off like a bug. Gee I wonder why..
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    Sep 25, 2011 12:56 AM GMT
    creature saidSo tell me about these Barry Goldwater-types. You say they do not support anti-gay Republicans, but that sounds like it would be a pretty small number of Republican congressman or candidates to choose from.

    There are a couple of members here who self-describe themselves with those characters of the "Well-Adjsuted, Barry Goldwater Types," but I see them supporting candidates with anti-gay stances.
    Like I said above, they are NOT republicans any longer.. they are now refugees in other parties or non affiliated. The " self described anti-gay supporting members here" are definitely republicans.
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    Sep 25, 2011 5:02 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said

    * If the Democrats aren't stopped, the country will implode sooner rather than later
    Oh trust me.. they have been, by a single obstructionist party of "no" that now has the lowest approval rating ever recorded. Which in turn set this country on its first credit downgrade in history and now is the laughing stock of worldwide financiers as a country with children running its government and throwing temper tantrums.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 25, 2011 5:13 PM GMT
    I enjoyed the read.... and appreciate what you are saying.... although there are many who would be tough to categorize I'm sure...

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