Being gay is hard enough. Being a Donald J. Trump queer is yet another level.
Trump, a New York businessman, claimed the Republican Party’s nomination last week in Cleveland. Here in South Florida, he does have support, but not without costs. Eric Gilbert, a Boca Raton resident and bisexual man, said he has received harsh treatment for his backing of Trump.
“Most of the gays and lesbians have been very, very rude to me for not supporting Secretary Clinton and not being a part of the Democratic Party,” Gilbert told SFGN. “It’s the worst, meanest, cruelest group of people….not understanding we have a democracy in this country and they should be glad that we can vote and support who we want to support.”
In his victory speech in Cleveland, Trump made a passionate promise to protect “LGBTQ” Americans from terrorists.
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“As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology,” Trump said, adding “Believe me.”
Andy Eddy, a Broward County Republican, said he was “very impressed” with the Trump family during last week’s convention. Eddy, a member of the Log Cabin Club of Florida, said it was good to see Eric and Donald Trump, Jr. speak on behalf of their father.
“The boys did a stunning job,” Eddy said. “I couldn’t get over how much respect and commitment they showed for their father and, quite frankly, it was nice to see,” Eddy told SFGN in a telephone call.
Meanwhile, Gilbert said he is receiving steady backlash from gays for openly supporting Trump.
“People have defriended me on my Facebook,” Gilbert said. “They’ve called me names. It’s not just me, it’s other GLBT supporters of Mr. Trump. They have the same issues too, lots of friends and people not talking to us anymore. “
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And Milo Yiannopoulos is not tweeting anymore.
Yiannopoulos, a conservative gay activist and Trump supporter, was banned from using Twitter last week after allegations surfaced that he coordinated an attack on a Hollywood celebrity. The social network suspended Yiannopoulos’ account, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Last week in Cleveland, Yiannopoulos hosted a party to draw attention to his conservative political opinions. Of particular note, Yiannopoulos took aim at the Islamic State.
“Growing up gay wasn’t that fucking bad, let’s be honest,” Yiannopoulos told the Washington Blade. “But, I still don’t see the reason why the left-wing press mollycoddles and panders to an ideology that wants me dead.”
Likewise, Gilbert cited terrorism and instability as reasons why he supports Trump.
“We don’t like what’s happening in this country now,” Gilbert said. “Unemployment rate is very high. Wages are at 1990 levels. We have police killings all the time. We have to be fearful about what happened in Orlando. The biggest thing is this President is not really addressing the Islamic problem that we have in this country. With these terrorist groups that are coming in here and who have no problem just coming in here and killing people just like what happened in Orlando. It’s definitely time for a change.”