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Would You Ever Vote For A Gay Republican?

Is it considered an oxymoron in this day and age to support a gay republican running for political office? The question is coming up more and more as time passes, likely a result of our country’s evolution of acceptance of gays, the question becomes even more pertinent to address. Some often find the correlation if they were asked the same question about an African American, Hispanic American or any other racial/ethnic minority. The concept seems odd to even suggest to some but I want to keep an open mind.

This question came about (again) as I was reading about Kevin James, the openly gay candidate running for Los Angeles County Mayor. The article touches on many of the conclusions that I have.  One is that LGBT lean more Democratic. That’s probably because the democratic party doesn’t demonize us and try to strip us of our constitutional rights. They don’t spend millions in ads vilifying us or backhandedly support dangerous laws in other countries. Second is that James would appeal to republicans and could be used to further advance a political stronghold. Could this lead to acceptance of LGBT?

We know of Log Cabin Republicans and even more recently more LGBT politicians like House Representative Mike Fleck (R-Pa) that are both gay and republican. But let’s not kid ourselves here. The republican party has drastically changed in the last decade and for at least the past 50 years or so have become an extremely conservative party. It doesn’t help when they endorse candidates that have blatantly been anti-LGBT and anti-equality and don’t openly challenge anti-LGBT stances.

And that’s what brings the biggest reluctance for me. These potential leaders currently support a party in which, as a group, do not support equal rights. We’ve seen a very stubborn non-bargaining side to this era of republican that value where policy is more important than the people those policies are meant to govern. Where someone’s faith (or lack thereof) is seen as an attribute or a hindrance  We’ve seen a push for more church in our state of government rather than a more fair and derisive separation.

And Democrats are not perfect either. They’ve been laxed in enforcing policy and demanding respect but Democrats aren’t actively trying to strip American citizens of their rights.

Some feel that it may become a conflict within the LGBT community. Because LGBT has become a buzzword in which anyone that identifies with our group gets our support regardless of their political affiliation, philosophies, ideology, etc.,. In contrast the same can negatively be said about the word republican  especially after this election season. So no matter how moderate a republican is many within our community won’t ever support or vote for them.

Thus ideal is much like the notion that African Americans only voted for President Obama because he is an African American. I’ve experienced this many times when someone on twitter or in public assume that was the reason I voted for him and it’s not. His strive for education, fairness, the middle class, foreign policy and support of equal rights is why I support and voted for President Obama.

So I guess that’s my answer. That I support those that support equality above all else, regardless of political affiliation, That treating others fairly and equally with the same rights will always be urgent. All the other aspects like government spending, foreign policy, etc.,. comes next. Reviewing a candidate’s policies should be routine and never assumed because of political affiliation. That’s who gets my vote.

Has Grindr Gone Political? Yes, Yes They Have.

I know there’s been A LOT of politics talk lately BUT everyone is beginning to realize how important Tuesday’s election is and what it could potentially mean for not only the US but the rest of the world as well. Even social dating app Grindr is participating in encouraging it’s users of statistics, and about equality by announcing the Grindr for Equality app:

Today Grindr officially announces its plan to mobilize gay men as a political bloc in the 2012 elections by delivering geo-targeted messages about equality issues to its 1.5 million U.S. users — and to call those users to action. Grindr for Equality, a social effort developed by Grindr, is this call to action, informing gay men in the United States about the issues, urging them to vote for candidates based on those issues, and getting out their vote in order to have a decisive impact on this upcoming election.

This new feature aims to help LGBT know what’s at stake by doing the following:

  • Creating awareness regarding GLBT equality issues being voted on in November;
  • Encouraging Grindr users to register to vote, providing them with sources that’ll show them nearby poll locations, and prompting them to vote when the time comes; and
  • Promoting knowledge of those presidential candidates and state and local candidates who support GLBT initiatives.

Grindr CEO Joel Simkhai, expresses because of the potential impact the election will have on our country we should vote for candidates that support equality:

“We must elect not only a president but representatives and senators who are supportive of our community and our equality. Local elections have national impact, so we want to use Grindr as a tool for mobilizing and connecting gay men around the country to help make a combined national impact.”

You know it’s serious when social dating websites make special features that encourage voting. And fellow readers it really is vital, imperative, urgent that you go out and vote in this election. Make sure that YOUR voice is heard. Have a voice in our future.

7 Days Left Until The Election. GO VOTE

I cannot express it enough how important it is for you as a citizen of this country how important it is for you to vote in this election. You know the choices and, I mean this with all due respect, that either President Obama will continue to lead us, or we will be stuck with someone who believes that LGBT are less than equal along with an administration that shows little to no respect for women’s rights and completely ignore the rampant racism brought on by their campaign.

Also consider the fact that during the next presidential term, that there may be several Supreme Court Justices that retire and will help shape how the rights of citizens are shaped for decades to come. No excuses can be given as a result of the stark difference adapted in politesse  politics, and philosophies of the two parties that will be determining our future. Voting allows us to tell the government how we want our country to run.  Ric Reily of  SouthFloridaGayNews said so eloquently:

The Founding Fathers were great students of history who studied Hume, Locke and Berkeley, great Scottish and British Empiricists, and understood the rights of the people and the propensity of the people to become complacent under their governments. They knew that governments ultimately turn on their complacent peoples as they abdicate their freedoms. With this in mind they built checks and balances into the Federal structure to keep it a government of the people, by the people and for the people. They wrote the Constitution as a vehicle for change allowing the people to tell government what they want. When we don’t tell the government through the press, through demonstration and through use of free speech we allow the government to summarily remove our freedoms.

The American experiment is certainly the light of the world. It has proven that freedom and liberty can be the fundamental basis for a strong and successful society. Each of us as individuals, and particularly disenfranchised LGBT, has a responsibility as set forth by our Founding Fathers to tell our government what we want from it. The vehicle is basic, a vote and the method is simple, speak out through that vote. Let us who currently occupy this fabulous experiment not abort it in its finest hour through the abdication of our responsibilities to protect our rights of freedom and liberty. LGBT persons are on the cusp of an historic opportunity to move a national election such that our liberties are protected and our rights continue to be restored.

You can’t complain if you don’t vote.  Many states are still doing  or have just started early voting so check with you state voting regulations to see the correct dates.Just vote on or before November 6th.  GO VOTE

Zachary Quinto Using Twitter to Promote Advocacy

Zachary Quinto

In the How More Perfect Can He Possibly Be Entertainment News, Heroes and StarTrek star Zachary Quinto, who last year quietly and discreetly came out, has in recent days been using social media to spark advocacy and encourage voters specifically LGBTQ to make sure our voices are heard this November in the upcoming presidential election.

He passionately stated on twitter today that “if you are LGBT or love someone who is this election will define the future. it is our job to stand up against organized discrimination.”  Quinto went on to say “romney intends to be the first president in history to actually draft legislation denying civil rights to americans. this CANNOT stand!” Admittedly, I imagined Quinto reciting the famous lines from Gandalf which makes him even more geekchic, and hot as hell.

This is activism at it’s most savvy and resourceful as Social Media like facebook and twitter were definitely a determinant in the huge Democratic Party win in 2008. And two days ago, Zach has been more assertive asking moose enthusiast Sarah Palin after she showed her support for those cluckers Chick-Fil-A “are you kidding me with those sunglasses in a chick-fil-a picture?! i can’t believe you still take yourself seriously”

Quinto in his spare time has been volunteering to help  for the re-election of President Obama by helping campaigning efforts in Orlando, Fl. He’s also taken a more active role in calling his fans to stand up for equal right by telling a weary fan to “TURN YOUR FEAR INTO ACTION”. Do you see why I swoon for this man so much?!?! To see these gems of wisdom from the geek Adonis and more follow him on twitter at @ZacharyQuinto.

99 Days And Gay Rights Is Number One

We’ve got 99 days before the presidential election. And when everyone says it’s a big one is a bit of an understatement. The time of being a pacifist with an apathetic attitude is over. If we don’t want to potentially be set back decades in the gay civil rights movement, it’s imperative that we get out and vote. But this isn’t just about the elections, it’s the moral of the LGBTQ community as well. A disturbing trend that I’ve witnessed grow exponentially in the gay community since the last election is apathy, particularly among gay men. This lack of concern about efforts from the conservative religious right to dismantle us in this social climate right now is dangerous.

During June pride month from both friends and strangers this lack of interest in Pride was glaringly apparent. Most of the early twenty crowd were either for some amorous activities while others were disgusted from previous fun or a complete disinterest. And it was forgotten what Pride celebrated in our history. About how the events in Stonewall set the momentum of a movement over 40 years ago. This symbolized a new era of freedom fighters of equality was hardly mentioned when discussion of the festivities came up. Some had no idea what happened at Stonewall which deeply disturbs me. And when it was brought up it was met with blank stares of disinterest to discomfort while very few inquired further. Keep in mind that I would never begrudge my fellow brethren from a hookup. If the spirit moves you do it as in my not too distant past I’ve done the same. But we’re at a precipice of change and the only way we’re going to get equal rights is by first of all knowing our history and not to repeat it.

This continued onward as the latest contention with those fusterclucks at Chick-fil-A. I get beyond irate hearing fellow gay men saying ‘what’s the big deal, it’s only chicken sandwiches” or “I’m not quitting them, hell chillax the f*ck out their fries are amazing”. (Who the hell says chillax?) This is followed by my judging stare while I tell them this is not just about gay marriage dude. This is about a company that has no shame in donating money to organizations that not only prevent rights like marriage but also and EDNA which does concern your job AND YOUR MONEY. When companies get incentives like this, more pop up that can do further harm.

Did you know only about half of the states in this country have laws against hate crimes involving sexuality? This company supports those that want to take even more rights away from us. We can’t use ignorance or complacency anymore as excuses. It may not matter to you now, but if you’re lucky and you meet the guy with a perfect ass swoon worthy abs along with all the other qualities you want in a life mate/husband or the dream job only to be teased harassed or even fired because you’re gay and you didn’t care and did nothing, you’re going to be pissed.

Moreover, there’s  apathy about the election as well among gay men. Yeah, I’ll be the first to admit that President Obama hasn’t fulfilled all the things I’ve envisioned his first term of presidency but have you looked at the alternative? Would you prefer more of the same with possibility of change or a guy that can’t spell America that wants us relegated to subhumans? This type of attitude affects your love life, your money, and your very own life so it’s pretty damn important that you make your voice heard. Apathy can lead to dire consequences that affects our future.

This wasn’t intended as a rant as I’m known as a free loving hippy but even I recognize I have to use my voice to fight for equality. I know the fight is daunting and after a while we all get tired and frustrated. But we have too much on the line to sit back and let an apathetic attitude rule our behavior. Especially when people who want to suppress us, who want to control us, and in some cases exterminate us to sit back and do nothing. LGBTQ men and women are still dying and being killed for simply being who we are. You don’t want someone else deciding your future then get proactive. Talk about the legislations that affect you in your community. Go vote. Hell even talking about brings awareness. This is your wake up call guys. Get ready to fight for equality. And get ready to win.