Jake Weinraub

Fred Karger's Proclamation for Gay Pride Month

Filed By Jake Weinraub | June 03, 2011 3:45 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: BBC, Fred Karger, president, pride, Republicans

Fred Karger, a Los Angeles-based openly gay Republican Party 2012 Karger-Pride-300x200.jpgPresidential candidate recently released a "Proclamation for Gay Pride Month":

On this first day of Pride Month, and for the next 30 days, much of the world will join with us in celebration.

As the first out gay candidate for President of the United States of a major political party, June 2011 has particular significance for me. 

My candidacy sends a strong massage to millions of Americans that if you are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer you can do anything you want in life, you can even run for President. 

As the only full equality candidate running for President in 2012, I will fight for full equality for all Americans.  

When I announced back on April 10, 2010 in New Orleans as I began this journey, I said, "I will campaign vigorously to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell; Pass the federal Employment Anti-Discrimination law (ENDA); eliminate the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA); make Gay Marriage the law of the land and make finding a cure for HIV / AIDS and a vaccine to prevent HIV a new national priority." 

Unlike President Obama, I will not let my community down and I will work tirelessly until LGBTQ Americans have all the rights guaranteed us in the Constitution.

As we celebrate this month, we must realize the sacrifice made by so many who have given up so much to fight for our freedom.  We honor all of our heroes, and we will always remember the price they paid so that we may all have better lives.

As Andrew Belonsky's shared with us last year, Karger's campaign is full of seemingly contradictory tensions. BBC's HARDtalk agrees, asking him in a recent interview the tough question: how can you be gay and republican? The quote where he likens himself to Ronald Reagan really scares me.

So what do you think, Projectors? Is his "progressive" stance on social issues worth his more conservative policies? Who stands to benefit from a openly gay Republican president and who does not? And as Leslie Robinson shared, does he even have a shot?

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Why the gay bashing? Because he's a Republican?

Actually, I don't doubt for one moment that he would keep these promises to the LGBT community. As an out gay Republican, he's just that ballsy. He could certainly do no worse than the liar in the White House right now. But I also know that whatever promise he or any other candidate makes when running is dropped once he actually wins. We have no better demonstration of this than Obama.

The campaign promises that a candidate makes are actually irrelevant. They don't mean shit. They are like TV commercials for McDonald's: they seduce you with delicious images and pretty sounds, but they mask a deadly, artery-clogging reality. We judge politicians by their actions, not by their words. Actions, not words. We've had plenty of experience with politicians who say pretty words but offer little action. They're called Democrats.

The truth is that candidates are only "ours" when they're running for office. Once they get elected, or appointed as in Bush's case, they know who their real masters are: the ones who fund their campaigns.

Americans are a funny people. We love pretty lights and other momentary distractions. Millions were infatuated by the flash and pomp of the Obama campaign (winner of a national advertising award in 2009). Many of us are still hope-drunk to the point that we can't see that rather than embodying any real change from the previous 8 years, Obama's presidency has been more like a third Bush term. While I do value the ability to articulate a complete sentence as a step forward from the previous president, I think we should hold the man with finger on nukes to a much higher standard.

Obama is expected to raise $1 billion dollars for his reelection campaign. Is it getting better yet?

Oops, "sends a strong massage"? :) Hey, I could use one...

I think this guy is great, although I certainly don't share his fiscal conservatism, and I think it's a shame that he's the only major-party candidate I've heard of who supports full equality.

Now that HRC has rolled over to play dead so early in the campaign process, I hope Karger does well enough to play the role of "Hey, Democrats, you can't take the LGBTQ vote for granted". However, there was a recent poll of Republican primary voters where he got absolutely no one who would say they planned to vote for him as their first choice. And he was on the list of options, too.

Are the gay Republican groups backing him? Anyone know?

I know Fred. I like him. Great guy.

But I still can't forgive the Willie Horton ad. That was just despicable race baiting.