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Gay Tea Party Group GOProud Definitely Shutting Down — Director Admits He Lied

by David Badash on June 2, 2014

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Its closing is as undignified as its entire existence. GOProud, the gay Tea Party Republican group founded just five years ago by two former Log Cabin Republican frat boys, is closing its doors. A widely-disputed, but, as it turns out, correct exclusive report by Andrew Markle at Bilerico broke the news yesterday.

“Finding it difficult to continue without securing more funding, GOProud will be shutting down immediately – an homage to an era gone by,” Markle wrote. “The shuttering is undoubtedly necessary as the organization’s full effectiveness has been tarnished.”

The organization may rebrand and regroup later, but for now, the organization will no longer be functioning. Co-director Matthew Bechstein stated in an interview that the “brand is broken” and a rebrand is necessary.

After ignoring ludicrous denials from the Twittersphere by interested parties not in the know, Bilerico founder Bil Browning today published a second report:

After Andrew Markle’s story yesterday that the far-right conservative LGBT group GOProud was shutting down, the organization’s leadership took to Facebook to deny the reporting saying, “Nothing could be further from the truth” and “GOProud is not closing. It is growing.” Today, however, the group confirmed it plans to kill the GOProud brand and will attempt to reorganize as a grassroots online organization with a new name.

“I posted what I had to on Facebook so I wouldn’t scare our members and thwart our fundraising efforts,” Executive Director Matthew Bechstein told Bilerico Project in an exclusive interview. “I wanted to mitigate a disaster.”

While yesterday’s Facebook posting originally denied the report saying it was “misinformation” and the work of someone “that will stop at nothing to discredit our organization and its leadership team,” when presented with quotes he had made to Markle during a previous interview, Bechstein admitted that GOProud would soon cease to exist.

“There have been concerns among our members and investors about whether or not we can continue to grow and be effective without severing ourselves from past controversies,” Bechstein said in a separately emailed statement.

On the GOProud website minutes ago, Bechstein called it a “rebranding,” that would necessitate a “momentary…closure.”

GOProud co-founders Jimmy LaSalvia and Chris Barron‘s antics since they started GOProud were often vile, offensive, unprofessional, and did little to advance the cause of equality. They regularly lambasted the left, frequently calling Democratic, liberal, or progressive members of the LGBT community the most intolerant.”

In April of last year, LaSalvia and Barron up and quit GOProud entirely, claiming their efforts had been “successful.” By what measure was anyone’s guess. After all, it was just months earlier, in January, that GOProud finally stopped opposing same-sex marriage. And it was just months before their embrace of marriage equality that GOProud endorsed the man who had told a group of LGBT parents, “I didn’t know you people had families,” Mitt Romney, for president, claiming he was light years better” than Barack Obama.

GOProud in happier days, last year (above), and in 2011 (below)


In January, LaSalvia left the Republican Party, citing anti-gay bigotry — as if it would make a difference to anyone. Lost on him was the fact that the left had been clamoring for years about the anti-gay bigotry on the right, and he had ignored those criticisms.

There’s so much more that could be said about GOProud, their frat house antics, disregard for decency, patronizing hiring of Ann Coulter, de-facto endorsement of Michele Bachmann, the reason LaSalvia and Barron had to step down from day-to-day operations in 2011, etc., but, well, why even bother? Instead, let’s just say, “thanks for nothing,” and, “good riddance.”

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Zack12 June 2, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Good riddance to those fools.
It's one thing to have different political views.
It's quite another to keep making excuses for anti-gay bigots because they have an R next to their name and ask us to overlook their bigotry because they can lower taxes or bring jobs.
We would NOT have made the gains we've made the past five years under McCain or Romney, simple as that.

jeffskagit June 2, 2014 at 10:38 pm

They fooled a number of somewhat well off gays that the GOP would be their savior. Well, those gays figured out that as rich as they are, the GOP still hates them and would continue to hate them unless they were ultra stinking rich. Once they figured that out, and the fact that the GOP cuts taxes for NOBODY who's not in the 1%, and the fact that all the tax cuts for the ultra rich do nothing for the economy, they stopped giving to the idiots at GOProud. Good riddance to gross pigs.

Alex_Parrish June 2, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Time for these self-hating adolescent men to pack-it-in and do a little reflection — and probably a little professional counseling wouldn't be out-of-order either.

nervouspudding June 2, 2014 at 6:17 pm

The Vitriol some of us LGBT folks have over one sides treatment I think, makes us forget it's ok to be a conservative gay person, even tho there are crazies in their own party who hate them for what they are.

jeffskagit June 2, 2014 at 10:40 pm

There is nothing wrong with being a conservative gay person. The problem for conservative gay people is that there is no political party that would espouse their conservative views that doesn't wish that gay people were dead.

BeerandOnion June 2, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Good riddance, yes. Boys, grow up, yes. Please, stop hating who and what you are.

cftxp June 2, 2014 at 8:22 pm

I'm not endorsing Tea Party views but if GOProud really was for the libertarian views that the tea party purports itself to have it would've endorsed Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate, in 2012 – or at least Ron Paul, not the flip-flop politician that stole jobs and wanted to steal rights just to keep his hair slick. At least in that case they would've supported candidates that want something to do with gay rights which was their apparent goal!

Hope they learn their lesson and stop being political masochists under their new name.

BJLincoln June 2, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Anyone, gay or str8, who votes for or promotes the GOP promotes discrimination of women, LGBT folks and immigrants. An LGBT person who subscribes to a party that hates them are self-hating boot lickers. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

Altonfree June 2, 2014 at 9:05 pm

The Log Cabin Republicans are going to be crushed. GOProud was the Westboro Baptist Church to their Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Now they won't be able to point to anyone and say, "See? They're even more deluded and self-loathing than WE are!"

LubbockGay June 3, 2014 at 10:15 am

Love the guy admitting he wasn't gonna confirm the shut-down for fear he would miss some funding! Getting a bit greedy there, eh?

jakrabt June 4, 2014 at 3:19 am

Being gay while Republican makes as much sense as being female while Republican- one is exclusive of the other. At some point the individual would have to sacrifice self dignity to comply to party platform. Coulter, Bachmann and Romney? come on, these people hate gays.

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