January 4, 2017 at 2:53 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Trump’s gays ready to party
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President-elect Donald Trump’s gay supporters have several events lined up for inauguration weekend. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

At least three LGBT Republican sponsored events, including a “Deplora-Ball,” are scheduled to take place in or near Washington during the Jan. 20 weekend when Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States.

The national gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans says it will host an LGBT Republican lobby day on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Jan. 19, in which Log Cabin members from throughout the country will visit the offices of their senators and representatives.

Gregory T. Angelo, president of the group, said Log Cabin will also host an LGBT “T” Party on Saturday, Jan. 21, the day following the Trump inauguration, at the Capitol Hill Club, which is located within the Republican National Committee’s headquarters complex.

“We are having what we are playfully branding a T Party, with T, of course, standing for Trump,” Angelo told the Washington Blade.

He said the event would be a cocktail reception where tea as well as alcohol will be served.

In what is likely to be the most eye-catching LGBT Republican event during the inaugural weekend, a North Carolina-based organization called Gays for Trump is organizing an Inaugural DeploraBall Gala on the inaugural evening of Jan. 20. It will be held at the upscale Bolger Center Hotel in Potomac, Md.

Gays for Trump President Peter Boykin has said in postings on the group’s Facebook site that all “deplorables” who supported Trump during the tumultuous presidential campaign — both gay and straight — are invited to attend the event. He was referring to the term “deplorables” that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton used to describe some Trump supporters.

Many Trump supporters later embraced the term as a badge of honor.

“Come one, come all to our Inaugural DeploraBall extravaganza!” says one of the Gays for Trump Facebook postings. “With top-notch performers, open bar, 3 course gourmet plated dinner and an enthusiastic crowd, it’s sure to be a good time.”

A separate website promoting the DeploraBall says the admission fee is $250 and the suggested attire is black tie optional.

“This special event is open to EVERYONE on the Trump Train and is graciously being hosted by the Gays for Trump organization,” a message on the site says. “In support of America’s veterans we are awarding a number of gratis tickets as a thank you for their service,” it says.

Chris Allen, president of the Log Cabin Republicans Washington, D.C. chapter, said his group is planning to host a happy hour gathering on Thursday night, Jan. 19, on the eve of the Trump inauguration, for Log Cabin members arriving in D.C. from across the country to attend the official inaugural events.

He said the D.C. chapter had yet to determine a location for the event as of late Tuesday, but it is tentatively set to be held on the 19th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Jose Cunningham, the openly gay chair of the D.C. Republican Party, said he, Jill Homan, the lesbian Republican National Committeewoman for D.C., and Robert Kabel, the gay Republican National Committeeman for D.C., have been invited to attend the Trump inaugural swearing in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.

Cunningham said the Trump Inaugural Committee also provided the three with tickets to watch the Inaugural Parade at one of the reviewing stands lining Pennsylvania Avenue and invited them to one of the three official Inaugural Balls.

Angelo said he expects several dozen if not more Log Cabin Republicans from all parts of the country to be attending the official inaugural events during the weekend of Jan. 20, with many of them expected to participate in the Log Cabin lobby day and T Party.

Although Log Cabin Republicans chose not to endorse Trump during the election campaign, Angelo pointed to a statement the group released on the day following Trump’s election night victory.

“While we’ve had occasional differences with Mr. Trump throughout his unique campaign for our nation’s highest office, Log Cabin Republicans never hesitated to offer praise when it was due,” the statement says. “Mr. Trump’s unprecedented and repeated overtures to ‘the LGBTQ community’ were invariably lauded by our organization, and we look forward to seeing those words turn to action in a Trump administration.”

The statement adds, “As the country’s original and largest organization of LGBT Republicans and straight allies, we stand united behind our next president, optimistic for the future, and committed to ‘Make America Great Again’!”

Boykin of Gays for Trump couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. Various postings on the Gays for Trump website state that Boykin emerged as an active and visible supporter of Trump during the campaign. Among other things, the group raised money for its own Trump for President billboard signs installed along streets and highways in North Carolina and in Orlando, Fla., which included the message, “Paid for by Gays for Trump.”

The group’s website postings suggest that it would continue to operate beyond the election and the inauguration but the Washington Blade couldn’t find any postings saying what the group plans to do going forward.

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

  • Katrina Rose

    Log Cabin Vichy.

  • Peter Boykin

    The Site for Tickets is GayDeploraBall.com

    • Oikos

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • cc423

      The self loathing is very strong with this one.

  • Culture Club Warrior

    People are really holding on to that whole “deplorable” thing. Perhaps it is time for them to take their own advice and “get over it.”

  • Culture Club Warrior

    I’ve never understood why so many people revel in the “deplorable” label. Clinton used it to describe those Trump supporters who are racist, sexist, anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-semitic, anti-Muslim, etc. Who hears that and decides it’s how they want to identify?

    • Oikos

      “Who hears that and decides it’s how they want to identify?”

      Self loathing homcons, that’s who.

    • Ronaldinho

      Your anti-Semitic nonsense belies your ignorance. Trump’s son-in-law is an Orthodox Jew, his personal physician is a Jew, his daughter converted to be a Jew, and his long time attorney is a Jew, so that must make him an anti-Semite. You are truly a deplorable moron.

      • Culture Club Warrior

        Read my comment again. I never said that Trump was an anti-semite. I said that Clinton’s use of the “deplorable” label included Trump *supporters* who are anti-semitic, and there is no denying that some of his supporters are that. So….before you start throwing around the “moron” label, perhaps you should work on your reading comprehension skills.

  • Oikos

    Worthless kapos, too dumb to realize that they would be sent to the camps along with the rest of us. Homcons are maggots feeding on the leftovers from their conservative masters.

    • Ronaldinho

      Sore loser. Go move to Canada. The days of group think and political correctness are now over. Your arrogant elitist attitude will only insure DJT’s re-election in 2020.

      • Oikos

        I’m not going anywhere quisling. Get bent.

  • MS

    Yuck. Leave me off that guest list! Yes let’s celebrate the end of American democracy and the end of a functional government! T is for Turd!

    • Ronaldinho

      Leave. Go to Canada. The leftists there will embrace you and you can swear your allegiance to their pot head prime minister and embrace his accolades to his favorite dictators like Castro, Chavez, Maduro and the like.

  • Kurt 20008

    Not impressed. Three events, one without a venue, another at a hotel half way to Baltimore and the third in one of the rather small reception rooms at the Capitol Hill Club. Those are not parties, they are tiny get togethers at a time this city is usually packed to the gills. That is a pitiful LGBT presence for a presidential inauguration.

  • Interesting read. FYI, we’ve sent the press release for the Unity Ball to the Blade, twice, with no response. We currently have over 350 guests attending from 25 states and 4 countries. We’ve partnered with Planned Parenthood & Bread for the City and will be transforming the District Architecture Center into an unforgettable evening of dance, celebration, and inspiration as we prepare for the next four years!

    http://www.UnityBallDC.com | #UnityBallDC

    • MS

      Yes it seems that our news outlets are betraying us to the Trump brigade. Amazing how quickly they have all bowed down in submission and cowardice.

  • NJB

    “In what is likely to be the most eye-catching LGBT Republican event during the inaugural weekend, a North Carolina-based organization called Gays for Trump is organizing an Inaugural DeploraBall Gala on the inaugural evening of Jan. 20. It will be held at the upscale Bolger Center Hotel in Potomac, Md.”

    If that doesn’t say it all. Gays are so despised in the GOP that their biggest event has to be 15 miles away from everything else. To quote Mr. Trump, “Sad.”

    • Anthony Jones

      Closer to 50, I live by Union station and Google maps says 43 but bravo young man.

  • Mark Cichewicz

    Republican representatives don’t want LGBTQ in the party, what makes the logers think they want them in their offices. The writing is on the wall…why can’t the log cabin gays read?

    • Culture Club Warrior

      Didn’t they withhold their endorsement because Trump had surrounded himself with so many anti-gay people? I’d like to know what has changed their minds about that.

      • MS

        They saw which way the wind was blowing and now they’ve changed allegiances, they’ve gotten on their knees and gravel before the right, in hopes of securing themselves a place as the favored collaborators.

        • Culture Club Warrior

          Sounds about right.

    • Ronaldinho

      Every heard of Peter Thiel? He’s an OPENLY GAY business executive who started Paypal. DJT invited him to speak at the RNC and has asked him to join his technology round table. So that makes Trump a homophobe? You are either a liar or a moron.

  • roipolloi

    The “T” stands for “Traitor”.

    • Ronaldinho

      No it stands for Triumph because he won, and Hillary LOST. Get over it already.

      • MS

        Well it’s easy to win an election when you have foreign powers hacking into your enemy to help you win.

        • SunFlower Knight

          Did they hack the CONTENT of the emails??

  • Donna McBride

    Lambs before the slaughter.

  • Anthony Jones

    GWm’s with the occassional black & Asian are like Rappers…above it all, because their money sheilds them. I will treat it like a day off, and stay home anyone who whines about TSA but think it’s ok that I be accosted going to my Capitol Hill is not someone I want to party with

  • Ronaldinho

    Oh boo hoo…the days of group think that demands that all within a social group must think alike are officially OVER. Millions of gays are fed up with the pandering to the Muslims and the illegals and the inherent lunacy of the left and have opted to make a break with group think. Political correctness had a nice run, but it is now dead.

    • Ignorance is bliss I guess. You epitomize that. Dont’ come crying when your rights are taken away. LOL…

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