GOProud hosts Homocon party at RNC
The heavily promoted gay conservative bash accompanying the Republican National Convention was celebrated Tuesday night with drinks, music, confetti, and declarations of support for the party. But Homocon 2012 was low on advertised guests.
What would any gay conservative party be without anti-gay Christian protestors just outside, and counter protestors trying to drown them out.
Inside, music blared and drinks flowed as attractive, paid male and female dancers seemed to appear and disappear together on cue.
Homocon 2012, sponsored by GOProud, was a carefully staged event meant to put on the best possible face of gay Republicans for any delegates that might show up from the convention floor.
And some of the many delegates and representatives who did come were seen hiding their credentials for some reason just before entering party.
Before the doors opened, all of the mainly gay staff of Tampa’s Honey Pot club were warned not to engage any of the guests in a political dialog. Any breach of the “rules of engagement” were grounds for immediate firing.
And while a bevy of conservative heavyweights had been advertised to appear, only anti-tax activist Grover Norquist showed up for a few minutes, and he didn’t address the crowd.
There had been rumors that Ann Coulter might talk to the group again, as she did at Homocon 2010. That’s when she described herself as the “Right Wing Judy Garland.”
I spotted the syndicated columnist bopping into a party at a club just next door to the Honey Pot. But the wannabe Judy just as quickly bopped back into her SUV not to be seen again.
In the end, only GOProud’s Jimmy LaSalvia and Chris Barron addressed the gathering.
They told everyone that Mitt Romney was the right candidate to help all Americans, including gays.
–Steve Newman in Tampa, Florida