The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has informed GOProud that they will not be invited to serve as a co-sponsor for their upcoming 2012 event. And the formal exclusion of the only national organization that represents conservative gays and lesbians is causing a bit of a buzz within the right-of-center community. Andrew Breitbart, the conservative alternative media king, has declared that he will not attend CPAC 2012 in personal protest against the GoProud exclusion. And Roger Simon, CEO of Pajamas Media, has also joined the boycott battlecry.
I too am exceedingly disappointed that CPAC has taken this tack especially now when coalition-building is of paramount importance. But this backlash boondoggle does not surprise me. Yes, conservative gays and lesbians have made significant gains in seeking acceptance within those traditional conclaves of Right thinking. The very fact that GOProud served as a co-sponsor of CPAC for two years running and that now their exclusion is causing just as much controversy as their inclusion did, accentuates the progress we have made in maneuvering our way over the shifting sands of the modern American conservative movement. Progress in the journey, however, does not signify arrival.
As a conservative lesbian, I support GOProud and I decry CPAC’s decision to exclude them from formal participation. That said, I do not support boycotting CPAC over their sad silly blunder. I think any boycott of CPAC at this crucial crossroads in our struggle to take back America would be exceedingly counterproductive.
Following is GOProud’s official response to the CPAC snub:
We are deeply disappointed at the decision of the American Conservative Union to bar GOProud from participating in CPAC. They are well within their right to do so, but a decision like this will have consequences.
For the last two years, GOProud has sought to support CPAC and keep the conservative movement united. Unfortunately, elements inside and outside of ACU have pushed their own narrow, divisive and sometimes personal agenda. They have done so at the expense of the conservative movement.
What is truly sad is that this troubling development takes place at a time when we should be united and focused on defeating Barack Obama.
GOProud has been and will continue to be an outspoken proponent of conservative values and conservative policy. This organization will continue to work to bring conservatives of all stripes together to save this country and defeat the left. Obviously, that work will no longer be done at CPAC, but it will be done.
And here is CPAC’s letter to GOProud.