“We failed”: Gay Republicans who fought for acceptance in Texas GOP see little progress

https://www.texastribune.org/2022/07/24/texas-log-cabin-republicans/

Why any gay person votes for the republican party that works to invalidate all their rights I don’t understand.   The people I have read say it is because those gay republicans want more tax breaks, and they also have racial bigotry.    I don’t know because I have never met a gay guy that votes republican.   But I sure would give them an earful if I did.   Hugs

Dale Carpenter poses for a portrait outside of his home in Dallas, TX on July 8, 2022. In the 1990s Carpenter was the state …

Dale Carpenter, outside his home in Dallas on July 8, was the state president of the Log Cabin Republicans in the 1990s but has since distanced himself from party politics. The group is the largest organization representing gay conservatives and advocating for inclusivity in the GOP. Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune

Gay Republicans who have fought for acceptance within the Texas GOP over the past three decades told The Texas Tribune progress has been excruciatingly slow. Many of them have left the party, even as the number of Log Cabin Republicans in Texas continues to grow.

 
Richard Tafel speaks at the Rally for Liberty in June 1998.
Members of the state Log Cabin Kelton Dillard, Dale Carpenter and Steve Labinski, left to right, outside the Texas Capitol i…
 
 
 
Dale Carpenter looks through photos from the 1998 Hate Crimes March in Austin in his home in Dallas, TX on July 8, 2022.

“I sort of lost hope” 

 
 
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The battle for a booth

Dale Carpenter faces the media at the Texas Supreme Court in June 1996.
 
Christopher Busby at City Hall in downtown Houston on Monday, July 11, 2022. Busby left an active role supporting the Republ…
 

Victories and losses

Log Cabin members at Austin's Hate Crimes March in April 1998
 
Dale Carpenter poses for a portrait outside of his home in Dallas, TX on July 8, 2022. In the 1990s Carpenter was the state …

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