CPAC invites gun nut Wayne LaPierre, but bans conservative gay group

For the second year in a row, gay conservative group GOProud has been banned from the CPAC conference, the annual gathering of top conservatives in the nation.

“We got kicked out last year because we are gay,” tweeted GOProud Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia. “Nothing has changed. We won’t be at CPAC.”

While CPAC’s governing group decided to exclude the gay group from the event almost two years ago, the latest news remained stunning, considering the GOP’s recent attempts at inclusion following the party’s devastating loss in the 2012 presidential election, most notably among Latino, female, and gay voting blocs.

Perhaps even more humiliating for GOProud is the convention invitee list, which includes disgraced ex-Congressman Allen West, and NRA chief Wayne LaPierre.

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Wayne LaPierre, head of the NRA.

While I’m not the biggest fan of GOProud (I think their executive director and press secretary both have me blocked on Twitter), I think it’s disgusting that they have been excluded from the event while CPAC gives a speaking invitation to a man who literally foamed at the mouth while in defense of guns immediately following the Newtown/Sandy Hook massacre.

More recently, the NRA’s LaPierre published a vile op-ed singling out Latinos as the main reason why “good” Americans (versus brown Americans?) along border-states need semi-automatic weapons. LaPierre falsely claimed that Latinos have “invaded” towns and caused kidnappings and crime in the region to skyrocket. In fact, they’ve mostly cleaned your homes and picked your fruit; invading blue-collar jobs that most “good”Americans simply aren’t willing to do.

Maybe CPAC can ask LaPierre to explain at the “Respecting Families and the Rule of Law: A Lasting Immigration Policy” panel why he and the Republican party don’t respect brown families (or pink ones, for that matter)?

The CPAC attendance of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Eric Cantor, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich legitimizes the convention as representative of the GOP platform’s ideas and ideals.  Make no mistake, this is “the” conservative conference of the year. And CPAC has made clear that there’s no still no room at the GOP Inn for anyone who’s out.


Gabe Ortíz is a San Francisco-based writer. He has contributed to the Mission's bilingual newspaper "El Tecolote," and the political blogs AMERICAblog, AMERICAblog Gay, and Veracity Stew. He's also a Stevie Nicks lover and shameless catlady. Follow him on Twitter: @Tusk81.

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