Gay conservatives, like LOGO-TV’s Taylor Garrett of the reality showÂ “A-List: Dallas,” along with GOProud co-founders Chris Barron and Jimmy LaSalviaÂ have spent a great deal of time recently attacking gay liberals. Now, it appears, gay conservatives are themselves being attacked — physically — by gay liberals, according to stories they have reported to the media. But the question is being asked, do gay liberals really hate gay conservatives, and do they hate them enough to actually physically gay bash them?
â€œThe Democrats want me to live on their plantation as their slave, because Iâ€™m a gay person… And I refuse to do that,”Â Taylor Garrett said, in an exclusive report he gave to Tucker Carlson’s “The Daily Caller.” Reporter Alex Pappas adds that Garrett “was punched to the ground and bloodied Friday night by someone vandalizing his car because heâ€™s a gay conservative associated with commentator Ann Coulter,” and writes that Garrett “was attacked outside a birthday party in Dallas after finding a vandal scratching ‘Fâ€“k Coulter’ on the side of his car.”
This is the second time Garrett says he’s been the victim of an anti-conservative attack by a liberal.
Towleroad’s Brandon K. Thorp, in, “Gay TV Star Taylor Garrett Victim Of Anti-Republican Vandals. Again,”Â writes that “[a]lmost exactly one month ago, Garrett reported that a rock was thrown through one of his windows by vandals unknown, along with a note which read:
“Who the f*** do you think you are? You are not A-list. More like Z-list. You are nothing but a nelly twink trying to get attention by calling yourself a republican. You are nothing but an embarassment to the gay community. Watch your back you pathetic mother f***ing twink.”
Thorp notes that the “timbre of that message is not dissimilar to the one Garrett’s Friday assailant allegedly carved into his car, and adds, “After last month’s rock-throwing incident, it was widely speculated (including here at Towleroad) that Garrett had staged the vandalism to boost publicity for his show.”
Not everyone in the LGBT blogosphere is quite as delicate about Garrett’s assault reports.
Will Kohler at Back 2 StonewallÂ isÂ quick to repeatedly state, “IF this is true, its a horrible thing. and of course we denounce it as anyone in their right mind should.Â Physical violence should never be used against anyone.Â ” But Kohler also prods, “the question remains. IsÂ Taylor Garrett and GOProud turning into ‘The Boyâ€™s Who Call HomoCon Hate Crimes’?”
But this time once again there are many strange aspects to Garrettâ€™s claim.
Garret claims thatÂ â€œâ€(he) went out to his car to get a birthday present that he left in it and a large man stood up and decked him in his left eye. Garrett fell to the ground. He also scraped up his body by falling into some glass that was next to his carâ€.Â ButÂ The Daily CallerÂ claims that the pictures that they have, (and that they did not originally publish with the article) show â€œGarrett with a bloody ear and blood covering his white shirt.â€
After initially reading about the â€œincidentâ€Â last night and Garrettâ€™s claims, I checkedÂ Garrettâ€™s Twitter account as well as both Jimmy LaSalviaâ€™s and Chris Barronâ€™s ofÂ GOProud.Â Garrett hadnâ€™t tweeted in 24 hours, and LaSalvia and Barron had both only tweetedÂ onceÂ aboutÂ what had happened to Garrett and that wasÂ HOURS AFTERÂ Â The Daily CallerÂ printed the story which is very unlike them.Â AndÂ The CallerÂ is also coincidentally whereÂ Chris Barron wrote an article called the â€œGay Gestapoâ€ just the day before whining about the intolerance of the â€œgay left.â€
At this point who knows what to believe and I leave it up to you.
On Twitter, Kohler also writes, “Taylor Garrett of the A List: Dallas &Â
#GOProudÂ is this generations HomoCon version of Tawana Brawley.”
And London’s Daily Mail adds that “critics have claimed that Garrett staged the incident in an attempt to collect media attention.”
The Dallas Voice earlier this month profiled Jimmy LaSalvia, and his thoughts on the first Taylor Garrett incident:
As executive director of the national gay conservative (or â€œhomoconâ€) group GOProud, LaSalvia said heâ€™s grown accustomed to attacks from what he calls â€œthe gay left.â€
â€œThe gay left is the most hateful, intolerant, disgusting group of people Iâ€™ve ever come across in my lifetime, and everything we do is criticized by them,â€ LaSalvia told Dallas Voice. â€œThey hate gay conservatives more than anything in the world, and I donâ€™t know why. Itâ€™s just a matter of time before violence like that happens.â€
Coincidentally â€” or not, depending on who you believe â€” LaSalvia had lunch with Garrett in Los Angeles just prior to the rock-throwing incident being reported.
They were joined by conservative pundit Ann Coulter â€” who serves as honorary chair of GOProudâ€™s Advisory Council â€” and Logo filmed the rendezvous for an upcoming episode ofÂ The A-List.
The timing led some in the gay blogosphere to suggest that LaSalvia put Garrett up to falsifying his report about the rock, which allegedly shattered a window at his apartment in the Dallas Design District â€” perhaps to generate hype prior to the premiere of the show.
Garrett is not the only gay conservative who says he’s been the victim of hate crime — from gays or straights. GOProud co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia himself in July said he was attacked in Washington, D.C. by a group of teens, one of whom yelled, “fucking faggot!”
“The attacker and a few of the others with him ‘puffed up their chests and were clearly ready to continue the attack’,” the Washington Blade reported LaSalvia told them. “But seconds later, the group fled the scene after he kept his hand inside his backpack, ‘allowing them to wonder if I was reaching for a gun’.â€
LaSalvia used the incident to rail against hate crime legislation and gun regulation in the mainstream and LGBT press.
LaSalvia, and fellow GOProud co-founder Chris Barron have spent a lot of timeÂ in the mainstream and LGBT press also railing against gay liberals, and on social media sites like Twitter as well.
And while Chris Barron’s anti-gay-Left screeds on Twitter are frequent, for no apparent reason LaSalvia earlier this year lashed out at me, for no apparent reason, writing via Twitter, “the gay-left is the most hateful intolerant group in the country…it’s nothing new, just the way they are.”
Blogger Joe Jervis, aka Joe.My. God.,Â has done an excellent job of documenting the GOProud group’s incessant attacks on the Left. Just search his blog for Chris Barron or Jimmy LaSalvia and you’ll see. Here one example fromÂ June 2, 2011:
“Letâ€™s be honest, the left doesnâ€™t hate me because I am mean or brash or too aggressive â€“ the same label can be applied to many of my critics. No, the left hates me because I have the audacity to stand up to them. They hate me because I am a conservative who happens to be gay. They hate me because I wonâ€™t be bullied by them. They hate me because I have dared to wander off the liberal plantation, because I refuse to play the victim card, and because I have rejected their failed big government agenda. So if the left is looking for an apology for things I say on twitter or the things I write on my blog or for statements I make on TV, they wonâ€™t get one. Indeed, they can expect more of the same.” – GOProud chairmanÂ Chris Barron, writing on his personal blog.
Additionally, Towleroad quotes Chris Barron late last week, discussing the Brett Ratner Oscars issue:
“Instead of agreeing to be sent to GLAADâ€™s re-education camp, Ratner should have stood up to the gay Gestapo. He apologized for what he said, he admitted it was stupid, and agreeing to become the latest pawn in GLAADâ€™s never-ending ideological warfare is akin to negotiating with terrorists. Every time Ratner or another Hollywood idiot gives into GLAAD, they are simply encouraging GLAAD to continue its partisan jihad.”
And make no mistake. There are LGBT allies and supporters on the Right who are critical of the GOProud group as well.
GOProud seems to be in favor of everything conservative while also ignoring (or at least, strongly downplaying) anything related to human rights for GLBT Americans.
I also find GOProudâ€™s supportÂ of Ann Coulter and Donald Trump disappointing, particularly when Ms. Coulter is part of the problem with her toxic rhetoric rather than being part of the solution. She contributes nothing to enlighten debate and apparently exist toÂ throw verbal grenades to the cheers ofÂ her hyper-partisan readers.
Honorable ladies and honorable gentlemen should be able to disagree without being disagreeable â€“ and this goesÂ for gay activist on both the left and on the right.
GOProudâ€™s criticism of liberal gay activist is both unnecessary and distasteful â€“ it also makes it hard to focus on the real enemies of freedom. My quarrel is not with liberal activist who are also agitating for my freedom â€“ and I will work with them if it will help secure freedom for all Americans.
But GOProud has not been behaving like civilized people.Â GOProudâ€™s Chris Barron once tweeted â€œThe Gay Left = The American Taliban. Hateful, angry and dumb as shit.â€ Chris Barron has also tweeted personal insults about fellow pro-gay rights conservatives Andrew Sullivan and Meghan McCain.
Chris Barron has become a serious liability to GOProudâ€™s being accepted as a legitimate, credible, professional organization. Itâ€™s time for Mr. Barron to go. GOProud is in need of a serious reorganization. One simply cannot build coalitions when someone is tweeting personal attacks on our natural allies in the struggle for equality.
Lastly, one comment: Isn’t it a shame that two minorities, gay conservatives and gay liberals, can’t find common ground and work together on issues that affect both groups? Sadly, when one of those groups include GOProud, that seems impossible. Their initial, default conversation piece is always attacking the gay Left, as evidenced in this video. How long does it take Chris Barron to go after the gay Left, which has little to do with the topic at hand?
The Log Cabin Republicans have done a far better job of building coalitions.
So, does the gay Left, do gay Democrats and liberals and progressives, really hate gay conservatives, gay Republicans, and do they hate them enough to gay bash them? Perhaps that’s an answer for law enforcement officials to determine.
There certainly do appear, however, to be more attacks proudly hurled at the gay Left fromÂ the gay Right than from the gay Left at the gay Right.
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AOC Smacks Down QAnon Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene Over LGBTQ Equality Act
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Rep. Greene, Republican of Georgia, has been waging war against the bill, falsely claiming it “destroys women’s rights and religious freedom,” and is “evil.”
Greene on Wednesday bragged on Twitter that she had just made a motion to adjourn, in a lame attempt to derail the legislation from moving forward.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) February 24, 2021
Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez blasted and mocked her, saying, “You could just vote ‘no’ instead of trying to get out of work early.”
And she reminded Greene that trans women are women.
You could just vote “no” instead of trying to get out of work early.
And you should probably stop using those hashtags because women’s rights include trans women. ✌🏽🏳️⚧️💜 https://t.co/iJzA5BrLZF
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 24, 2021
AOC did not stop there.
We’re gonna pass the #EqualityAct today, protect our LGBTQ+ family and make the world a little bit better. 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️
Nothing is going to stop that.
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The President “will nominate Ron Stroman, the Postal Service’s recently retired deputy postmaster general; Amber McReynolds, the chief executive of National Vote at Home Institute; and Anton Hajjar, the former general counsel of the American Postal Workers Union,” the Post reports.
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“Get used to me.”
— Postmaster General Louis DeJoy rejects the notion he’s “a political appointee” and plans to stay in his role “for a long time.” pic.twitter.com/VQTEGx07Zu
— The Recount (@therecount) February 24, 2021
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That was the tenor of the hearing.
Later, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (D-OH) was the one to engage in gaslighting, and Congressman Connolly had had enough:
“All the gaslighting that we just heard does not change the facts,” he said, scorching Jordan.
“I didn’t vote to overturn an election. And I will not be lectured by people who did about partisanship.”
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) goes off on Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) during USPS oversight hearing:
“I didn’t vote to overturn an election. And I will not be lectured by people who did about partisanship.” pic.twitter.com/oDWv9sETxk
— The Recount (@therecount) February 24, 2021
The full Connolly/Jordan exchange: pic.twitter.com/umbXmsGgvE
— The Recount (@therecount) February 24, 2021
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