Why We Need Gay Republicans

By Capehart, Jonathan | The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine), October 24, 2000 | Go to article overview

Why We Need Gay Republicans


Capehart, Jonathan, The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)


Kevin Ivers robbed me at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association convention in San Francisco in September. The spokesman for the Log Cabin Republicans--the gay Republicans--mugged me of the only possible contribution I could have made to a lively panel discussion on the gay vote.

Get a load of what he said. "To be a successful movement, we have to be a bipartisan movement," Ivers told the packed room at the Argent Hotel. "It is clear that in Los Angeles, gay and lesbian groups have influence in the Democratic Party. Log Cabin is trying to do the same."

He went on to say, "When the election is over, the election is over. And you will have to deal with the next government. You will need to have entree. You have to make sure all your bases are covered. Log Cabin sees its role to mark progress and plant the flag for gay and lesbian issues within the Republican Party."

That's basically what I have been saying to anyone who will listen. And I'm a Democrat.

Recently a friend of a friend sincerely asked, "Can you explain gay Republicans to me?" Because I follow and write about politics, I'm always asked, "How can there be gay Republicans? Aren't they an oxymoron? Aren't they self-hating?"

Gay Republicans are not oxymorons, and they are not self-hating They are brave.

Think about it. They are working their butts off for gay rights in a party that is in the clutches of religious conservatives. The leader of the Senate is Trent Lott of Mississippi. He thinks we're akin to kleptomaniacs. The House majority leader is Dick "Barney Fag" Armey of Texas.

Things have been no easier at the presidential level. Remember back in the 1996 campaign when then-Republican nominee Bob Dole returned a contribution from Log Cabin? Or what about the Meet the Press interview with the current nominee, Texas governor George W. Bush, during which he called Log Cabin a divisive organization?

But things are changing.

There is a growing cadre of moderate Republicans who are supportive of our push for inclusion and are becoming more vocal about it. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Why We Need Gay Republicans
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.