From the department of embarrassing hypocrisy comes a new announcement from GOProud, the beleaguered "gay Republican" organization that's desperately struggling to remain relevant. In a press release today, they named Ann Coulter, the author and TV pundit who just wants the gays to shut up already about equality, as their officially-titled "Honorary Chair and Gay Icon" of GOProud's Advisory Council.
In the press release, the chairman of the GOProud Board, Christopher Barron, explained their choice:
Ann Coulter is a brilliant and fearless leader of the conservative movement, we are honored to have her as part of GOProud's leadership. Ann helped put our organization on the map. Politics is full of the meek, the compromising and the apologists - Ann, like GOProud, is the exact opposite of all of those things. We need more Ann Coulters.
Ann headlined the organization's "HomoCon" last year. She reflected on her new position with GOProud, offensively remarking in the release, that she "look[s] forward to being the Queen of Fabulous." As if the GOProud membership are now her pet gays. How the hell is this infuriating woman a "gay icon"?
The idea of Ann Coulter representing the gay community in any capacity really is simply offensive. The woman is anti-marriage equality, anti-employment non-discrimination policies, anti-DADT repeal, anti-LGBT-inclusive hate crimes legislation, and a believer in "ex-gay" reparative therapy. And yet despite all this, I'm still not sure if GOProud truly believes that Coulter is on their side or if they're knowingly making the announcement as a cry for publicity and attention. With their track record, I'd believe either scenario.