As we enter the election's homestretch, gay and lesbian Republicans have come under intense fire from the gay community for daring to speak our minds about this campaign. Instead of arguing the merits of their candidate, too many on the left resort to name calling. Emotion replaces fact. Name calling replaces logic. In this case, those we often hear speaking about tolerance sound awfully intolerant. We need your help today to stand up to the voices of intolerance wherever we find them.
Despite having the most pro-gay GOP presidential nominee in American history, we are attacked from the gay left.
Despite an historic Q&A Sen. McCain did with the Washington Blade, a gay publication, we are attacked from the gay left.
Despite a campaign and a candidate who has reached out and asked for LGBT votes like no other Republican nominee before, we are attacked from the gay left.
Just check out a tiny sampling of the senseless inaccuracies filling the pages of popular, mainstream LGBT blogs and websites:
Gay conservatives "support those who would throw us all in prison."
- Alex Blaze, Oct. 21st, writing for the popular LGBT website the Bilerico Project
[Log Cabin Republicans'] "suicidal tendency to help a party that despises them is the pink elephant in the room."
- Popular gay writer Wayne Besen, in a Sept. 19th column for the Huffington Post titled "Log Cabin Republicans Should Disband"
"Gay Republicans? What about Jews for Hitler? or Blacks for the KKK?"
- Typical comment posted to the Advocate.com
It doesn't stop there. The e-mails we receive usually include the same tired stereotypes about gay and lesbian Republicans. Rarely do we receive a thoughtful analysis or critique of our work.
"It must be so painful to bear that much self-hatred, to be so ashamed of your sexuality that you would willingly sacrifice your rights in order to fit in with that...Republican party."
"Do you folks ever vote based on anything but your wallets?"
"F___ you a__holes. You make me sick and embarrassed that you are gay. You should be ashamed of yourself."
Noted gay conservative writer Dale Carpenter said it best: "It's the worst vitriol against gay conservatives I've seen in fifteen years in this movement."
I don't have to share more of these mindless rants with you because you've probably experienced it yourself. But it's getting worse by the day and we need your help to stand up to the voices of intolerance.
Whatever you can contribute--$25, $50, $100, or more--will help us fight back against the divisive rhetoric from the gay left.
Angry and vicious people on the Left are trying to silence our voices because we dare to speak out as Republicans. Will you be silenced?
Patrick J. Sammon