Chip Clapp

Chip Clapp

At a Glance:

Chip Clapp has been a Project Contributor since August 2008, has written 7 entries and currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL.


Now finishing his formal degree in Political Science at Florida Atlantic University, Chip has been volunteering in the political field since 1996 with various campaigns and organizations. His political travels have taken him from New York, working with New York Public Interest Research Group as a canvasser, to the Board of Directors for the largest student activist group in New York State, to volunteering with the Human Rights Campaign while in Florida as well as the Dolphin Democrats and numerous political candidates' campaigns.

In addition to his political experience, Chip is also an experienced musician and performing artist. His interest has led him to perform with the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus, singing tenor, as well as performing with the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, playing low brass and percussion as well as serving for two years on its Board of Directors, helping organize a national conference of the Lesbian and Gay Bands Association. He has been in two local musical theater productions, in supporting male roles, and plans to continue his pursuit of the arts, considering the arts to be an important aspect of the LGBT community that is too often overlooked.

Born in 1978 and raised in New York in a working-class family, Chip is the second of three boys from his parents' first marriages, second of four (boys) from both of his father's, second of five (four boys and a girl) from both of his mother's, and second of six (five boys and one girl) total. Both politics and performance seem natural in such a family and his supporting parents always encouraged both. Despite her encouragement for the arts, his mother has always not-so-secretly hoped that her son would one day become an attorney. She may get her wish, as Chip has been working as a paralegal for 5 years and plans to attend law school upon the completion of his bachelor's degree this year.

Chip Clapp: Recently Filed

Love Thy Neighbor

Filed by Chip Clapp | May 21, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Honestly, how much hate can the Westboro Baptist Church spew before they realize that nobody takes them seriously anymore? They went from anger-inspiring to downright ridiculous and now they're attacking anyone they can just to try to get more attention....Read More

Local Activist Let Down

Filed by Chip Clapp | May 04, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Why is it that when a politician fails to come through on promises to the gay community, he/she is public enemy number one, but the second that same person agrees to come and give us the same lip service as...Read More

Escape From the Madness - Listen to Protest Songs

Filed by Chip Clapp | March 19, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Hello Bilerico Friends! With municipal elections here in sunny Fort Lauderdale completed, I've had a little bit of time to decompress. Now, rather than working full time, going to school full time and working on campaigns, I'm only working and...Read More

Another Socio-Political Tangent

Filed by Chip Clapp | January 21, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Please note - this post contains profanity. Please stop reading if you are offended by foul language. I was out driving today and stopped at a stop sign. Another car then pulled up to the stop sign to my left...Read More

Preemptive Pardons

Filed by Chip Clapp | January 17, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

With Bush's departure, the question of whether or not he will give preemptive pardons to those in his administration is on everyone's lips. There's one problem... When talking about preemptive pardons for things such as torture and, oh I don't...Read More