Peter Thiel made history by proudly proclaiming himself to be a gay man at the RNC on July 21, but he also tore into the GOP for their anti-LGBT platform. The tech billionaire encouraged his party to focus on helping ALL Americans, including those in the LGBT community.
“When I was growing up, the great debate was about how to defeat the Soviet Union. Today, the debate is ‘Who get to use which bathroom?” said Peter Thiel, 48, as he spoke during the grand finale of the 2016 Republican National Convention on July 21. “This is a distraction from the real problem,” he said. “Who cares?”
Peter seemed to address every single Republican who has denounced Trans people or who has made “bathroom bills” a priority. “Fake culture wars only distract us from our economic decline.” Peter said he didn’t agree with most of the planks in the party’s platform, and that it’s time to work on helping everyone’s economic future – including LGBT people. The man to do that, in Peter’s mind, is Donald Trump, 70.
“I am proud to be gay,” he said in one of the most important declarations in Republican Convention history. “I am proud to be Republican. But most of all, I am proud to be an American!”
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By proclaiming himself to be a proud, gay man at the RNC, Peter made history, according to CNN, as the first speaker to ever admit that he or she is homosexual. Former congressman Jim Kolbe from Arizona, an openly gay man, spoke at the Republican convention in 2000, but the Jim didn’t address his sexuality.
While Peter’s Libertarian views align him with the Republican Party’s economic policies, he disagrees with the platform the party adopted during the 2016 RNC. The GOP reaffirmed its support for “traditional marriage and family…between one man and one woman,” despite the Supreme Court making same-sex marriage legal. The platform also supports efforts to discriminate against LGBT people, according to Quartz, along with making the controversial anti-gay “conversion therapy” legal for minors.
Peter isn’t the only Republican who has blasted the GOP for its anti-gay stance. While at an event for American Unity Fund on July 20, Caitlyn Jenner, 66, dragged her political party for its support of “bathroom bills.” The I Am Cait star blasted Republicans who draft legislation that prevents transgender people from using the restroom of their choice. “Maybe what we should do is band [Republican lawmakers] from being in the men’s room?” she said. Burn! Maybe Caitlyn and Peter will run for the presidency next?
What do you think about Peter’s comments during the RNC, HollywoodLifers? Do you agree that the GOP needs to do more for the LGBT community?