Tech investor Peter Thiel who co-founded PayPal and is a Facebook director spoke at the GOP convention, and the outspoken libertarian announced "that he is 'proud to be gay,' becoming the first speaker in the party's history to do so" as reported by CNN:
"Every American has a unique identity. I am proud to be gay," he said to applause, including from the Trump family. "I am proud to be a Republican, but most of all I am proud to be an American." He warned the party against fighting on social issues and encouraged Republicans to let transgender people use whichever bathroom they want to use. "I don't pretend to agree with every plank in our party's platform. But fake culture wars only distract us from our economic decline," he said. "When I was a kid, the great debate was about how to defeat the Soviet Union. And we won. Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom. This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?"
Presidential candidate Donald Trump "is far more accepting of sexual minorities than his party's leaders have been" as reported by The New York Times: "he has nurtured long friendships with gay people, employed gay workers in prominent positions, and moved with ease in industries where gays have long exerted influence, like entertainment." Moreover, "he donated to charities focused on the AIDS crisis in the late 1980s and early '90s," and "in 2000, when he briefly considered running for president, he gave an interview to The Advocate, a gay magazine, in which he supported amending the 1964 Civil Rights Act to 'include a ban of discrimination based on sexual orientation.'"
Donald Trump also is seen by many in the LGBT community such as Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos as the best candidate to defeat radical Islam whose rabid homophobia fueled the terror attack at gay night club Pulse in Orlando, FL which killed 49 poor souls and wounded another 53. Trump further is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and LGBT folks are purchasing firearms in record numbers according to gay gun advocacy group Pink Pistols.
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