February 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Two gay men join D.C. Republican Committee

Local gay Republican activists Mike Hubbard and Tom Weirich were chosen as members of the D.C. Republican Committee last month, bringing the total number of gays and lesbians on the 99-member panel to at least 20, said spokesperson Paul Craney.

Among the gays on the committee is Chairman Robert Kabel, who previously served as president of Log Cabin Republicans, a national LGBT partisan group.

Weirich is vice president of membership and corporate relations for the American Council on Renewable Energy, a national advocacy group for integrating renewable energy sources into the U.S. economy.

Hubbard, who has worked locally as a paralegal, is active in local and national GOP activities and is a member of Log Cabin Republicans of D.C.

Weirich said he is a member of both Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud, a new LGBT conservative group formed by former Log Cabin members who believed Log Cabin wasn’t conservative enough on non-gay issues.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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