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GOProud to Break Manchester Boycott

Jim Burroway

June 15th, 2010

The conservative gay Republican group GOProud has announced that they will hold a fundraiser at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Deigo. This development comes despite an active boycott by local LGBT advocates over a $125,000 donation by owner Doug Manchester to California’s Proposition 8 campaign which stripped LGBT people of their right to marry.

According to a donations page set up by GOProud:

GOProud’s “Don’t Tread on Us” reception will feature Fox News Channel political analyst and national radio talk show personality Tammy Bruce as the program’s MC. The event will benefit GOProud, the nation’s only political organization for gay conservatives and their allies. (Program speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.)

GOProud defends their choice:

We understand that Mr. Manchester has apologized for his support of Prop 8 and has made a substantial monetary commitment to the LGBT community,” GOProud Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia told The Advocate. “We believe strongly that the gay community should be in the business of winning new friends not making enemies.”

In fact, Manchester hasn’t apoligized for his support for Prop 8, although he did try to buy off local LGBT groups with a $125,000 donations and hotel vouchers in exchange for an end to the boycott. But without the apology, local groups declined the offer.

It looks like GOProud’s “don’t tread on us” warning doesn’t extend to Manchester himself. He can tread on us all he wants. GOProud won’t mind.



Timothy Kincaid
June 15th, 2010 | LINK

Well I don’t think Jimmy will be winning any new friends with this decision. And I have no idea who he thinks is going to show up to give GOProud money.

I think this illustrates the difference between Log Cabin and GOProud. LC disagrees with others in the community a lot of the time, but they don’t seem to hate the rest of the community or try and hurt it.

Jimmy, I’m not so sure about. He seems to do things deliberately to spite our community.

June 15th, 2010 | LINK

And their “the only group for gay conservatives and their allies” was rather petty toward LCR.

They’re just a fringe group who actually feed off the controversy partisan hacks like Joe Jervis grant them.

Lindoro Almaviva
June 15th, 2010 | LINK

GOProud, the nation’s only political organization for gay conservatives and their allies.

How much of a reception could be with no more than 10 people in attendance?

June 15th, 2010 | LINK

It’s a cliche but in the words of the Laurence Olivier look-alike from The Last Crusade, “he chose poorly”.

Timothy Kincaid
June 15th, 2010 | LINK

It’s ironic, really. San Diego is chuck full to running over with pro-gay Republicans. The district attorney is a lesbian Republican, there is a gay Republican city councilman, the mayor, a Republican, campaigned against Prop 8. If there ever was a place to court support for a gay Republican group, it would be San Diego.

But none of these folk would be considered “real conservatives” by GOProud anyway. So why not just piss them off.

They remind me of the old Groucho Marx quote, “I don’t care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.” Except in their case, I think that they may mean it.

June 15th, 2010 | LINK

What’s very sad is that media such as Fox News use these unfortunate few people to demonstrate that they are not anti-gay bigots, even when they are….

Just like that one black man at a Tea Party rally: “see, we’re not racists”…

These fools do all of us a great disservice. GOProud is not deserving of any respect.

Mark F.
June 15th, 2010 | LINK

Being a “conservative,” like being a “liberal,” is always a rather vague political position. I’m not quite sure what being a “real” conservative is supposed to mean these days, but usually it involves complaining about the government while you fail to support cutting spending or eliminating freedom destroying programs like the war on drug users, ranting on about abortion and convincing people that al Queda is behind every rock and we need to torture people to extract information. Plus a lot of flag waving support of the military and every war that comes along. Is that it?

Neil D
June 15th, 2010 | LINK

FINALLY – some balance. Thanks to Mr. Burroway.

I guess it could be considered a measure of how far we’ve come that certain people now feel free to wander away from the safety of our common bond and seek their fortunes with our oppressors.

They have a word for that…

Richard Rush
June 15th, 2010 | LINK

I have a certain view of the GOProud crowd that may be due to my age and having come out* in the summer of Stonewall (1969):

If the current GOProuders were twenty years older (or maybe only ten), I think they would likely be closeted and faking their way through straight marriages. But now in today’s environment for gays they have mustered the courage to come out (although I wonder how many of them are really out among straights). And to what ever degree they are out, it is thanks to the non-conforming gays that paved the way and with whom they would not want to associate themselves.

The message I seem to hear from them goes something like this:

“Except for the insignificant itty-bitty detail of us being gay, we are 110% conservative conformists, just like you. We are flag-waving freedom-loving real American patriots fighting to take our country back from those America-hating liberals. Hell yeah, we want to see the birth certificate, too! And just to burnish our credentials, we’ll lead the way in breaking that Manchester boycott that was orchestrated by equality-loving gay people with whom we would never associate.”


* Remember, the term “coming out” had a much more limited definition in 1969 than it does today. In those days it meant only coming out to yourself and to other gay people and living a double life. It was universally understood that, of course, you kept it a secret from family, friends, and co-workers if you wanted to survive.

June 15th, 2010 | LINK

I truly think, as a former Republican, that GOProud is a 25 person group with a computer and a fax machine to send out press releases.

I don’t think Republican gays like them at all.

June 16th, 2010 | LINK

Is GOProud the gay tea-baggers side?

Rich Christopher
June 16th, 2010 | LINK

GOProud’s attending any event at the Manchester Hyatt Hotel is a stark contrast to what the NAACP did 60 years ago when Adam Clayton Powell, the first African-American member of the congress (D-New York) was denied accommodation at San Diego’s most celebrated hotel- the El Cortez. For the next 50 years, no mainstream African-American organization help a convention or meeting at the hotel. For any supposed gay-rights organization to have a meeting at the Manchester Hyatt is outsite what would historically be viewed as supportive of civil rights- gay or otherwise. The few small meetings African-American GOP members held there have not earned even a footnote in history. Even white GOP organizations did not hold conventions there. Then as now, a small group wants to show how “Republican” there are, even when mainstream GOP groups do not want to attract the controversy that a larger meeting would stimulate- becoming the story instead of the purpose of the meeting.

June 16th, 2010 | LINK

These guys seem to suffer from the same syndrome as Exodus. They don’t listen to others because of their preconceptions..

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