Ann Coulter isn’t the first person you’d expect to see at a gay event. In fact, she’s just about the last. In 2007, she called presidential candidate John Edwards a “faggot.” More recently, she’s rallied against “irritating lesbian” and 18-year-old Mississippi activist Constance McMillen, claiming that heterosexual-only proms aren’t civil rights violations.
So, I was surprised to see that Coulter was chosen as the keynote speaker for a gay event. She’ll be speaking at “Homocon 2010,” a party put on by GOProud, a 14-month-old gay conservative organization.
Why would a gay organization headline someone who uses anti-gay slurs and doesn’t view LGBT issues as civil rights issues?
Sure, identifying both as gay and conservative is one thing. But supporting someone who’s so blatantly anti-gay — isn’t that something entirely different?
As it turns out, this type of event is almost expected from GOProud, considering its history. In July, GOProud held a political fundraiser at Doug Manchester’s Grand Hyatt in San Diego. Manchester gave $125,000 in support of Proposition 8 and has been boycotted by many supporters of same-sex marriage ever since. (Not to mention a host of labor organizations and activists, too.)
According to Christopher Barron, Chairman of the Board of GOProud, “Homocon 2010 will be a hell of a lot more fun than chaining yourself to the White House fence.”
So what’s his idea of fun? Barron says: “The gay left has done their best to take all the fun out of politics, with their endless list of boycotts and protests. Homocon is going to be our annual effort to counter the no fun police on the left. I can’t think of any conservative more fun to headline our inaugural party then the self-professed ‘right-wing Judy Garland’ – Ann Coulter.”
But is GOProud too busy worrying about having “fun,” and not worried enough about their own rights?
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