June 27, 2017 at 12:28 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Gays for Trump leader organizing ‘Free Speech’ Rally on Mall
Gays for Trump, March4Trump, gay news, Washington Blade

Peter Boykin (Washington Blade photo by Lou Chibbaro, Jr.)

The president of the North Carolina-based group Gays for Trump is a lead organizer of a July 1 MAGA [Make America Great Again] Free Speech Rally on the National Mall near the White House.

Peter Boykin, who founded Gays for Trump during the 2016 presidential election campaign, said the July 1 rally on the Mall would be a non-partisan celebration of the Make America Great Again theme, which he said would help make the country a better place to live for “everyone, gay, straight, black, white – everyone.”

He said that to him and others working with him on the July rally, “Make America Great Again is more than a political slogan. It is a way of life.”

Boykin said that although those expected to speak at the rally will be mostly conservative activists, including LGBT people, who support President Donald Trump, there will be an “open mic” period in which anyone who attends can speak.

According to Boykin, organizers of the event have obtained a permit from the National Park Service for a space for the rally across the street from the Washington Monument grounds on Constitution Avenue near the White House.

He said the event would also promote another Washington, D.C. event planned by the same organizers for the Labor Day weekend, which is being billed as the MAGA Awards and America’s First Fashion Show with Andre Soriano.”

Soriano, a clothing designer who’s gay, was among the Trump supporters that spoke at a pro-Trump march and rally on the Mall and at Lafayette Park across the street from the White House held on March 4 that was initiated and organized by Boykin.

Boykin said the free speech rally planned for July 1 represents a change from an earlier plan by Gays for Trump to hold a “Deploraball Pre-4th of July Picnic” on the Mall on July 1 to celebrate Trump’s first Independence Day as president. He said most of the space suitable for a picnic on the Mall had already been taken for other events on the July 4th weekend, in which thousands descend on the Mall for the annual fireworks show and other events.

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

49 Comments
  • “Peter Boykin, who founded Gays for Trump …said the July 1 rally on the Mall would be a non-partisan celebration of the Make America Great Again theme…”

    with all due respect to Mr. Boykin, this is the very definition of ‘oxymoron.’

  • That’s really ironic considering that the only first amendment freedoms under attack are of the press and assembly. This guy sounds certifiably cray cray.

  • Keep at it Peter and Donald. Trump is not attacking any rights, you are confusing him with Obama.

    • Were you born this stupid or were you dropped on your head as a child?

    • Obama fought for GLBT rights risking his 2nd term by coming out in marriage equality when many feared it would destroy them politically.
      Obama gave us a Executive Order to prevent discrimination against the GLBT community by Federal contractors and was also fighting for transgender rights in the federal courts.

      Trump abandoned the transgender community and is supportive of religious freedom laws that would do the GLBT community harm. He supports scrapping the Johnson amendment to give them an unfair tax advantage in promoting anti-GLBT politics. He ignores gay men in Chechnya and won’t declare this Pride month but always has time to appear before conferences hosted by our enemies. Going through life with blinders on is politically expedient!

  • Proud of you Peter for making a difference and standing up for your beliefs.It sounds like you have tried to make everyone feel welcome.

  • We have your back Peter. #MAGA

  • That trump immediately reversed pro-LGBT executive orders and stripped support from fighting for bathroom rights for trans people, I don’t understand how this group identifies as “Gays for Trump” – what is he doing that that this group things is helpful to gays? Support the president if that’s your desire, but to say “gays” should be for him, has no basis.

    • Who are you to tell them what to name their organization? If you don’t share their views, simply change the channel!

      • Where’s the remote?

        • Maybe you left it in your derriere last night! Check in the mirror!

          • That’s your pathetic lifestyle not mine. I’m sure the one you use vibrates!

          • Get a sense of humor! You’ll need less Ex-Lax!

          • Did you say something funny? You’re the one that is obviously constipated (full of it) so naturally you would think of Ex-Lax!

          • Yes and you dislike Trump because he is a boorish lout? It always confounds me how so many self-righteous loudmouths carry on about how AWFUL Trump acts! LOL

          • I dislike trump because among other things he is an a-hole and a liar!

            He supports the agenda of those that would harm the LGBT community and frankly his other agenda items are wrong, only helping the rich not anyone else!

            How is it the fact that trump is a self-righteous loud mouth escapes you let alone your own statements proving you to be one?

          • Trump has done nothing to harm the gay community and name me one thing he did that hurt us.

            I see nothing wrong with Trump’s other agenda items and tax cuts are great!

            You speak a lot of rhetoric, but I bet you can’t back any of it up with facts or concrete examples.

          • I see your a trump brown noser. No surprise as you’ve shown your obsession for fear ends previously.

            He already has harmed the transgender community. His support for religious freedom laws and repeal of the Johnson amendment he champions would harm the LGBT community! Get a clue!

            Tax cuts are great if geared to help the poor and middle class but his plan mainly helps the rich at the expense of the others! It along with his desired border wall are deficit busters! You can’t ramp up spending on the military, infrastructure, etc while cutting the tax base without increasing debt!

            You tell us Obamacare and entitlements aren’t sustainable but welfare for the rich somehow is! Not buying your bs!!

            It’s you that speak the rhetoric with fake facts!!

          • I said gay rights, not trans rights. In my opinion, kids under the age of 18 should NOT be subjected to showers and bathrooms with biologically different sexes.

            I only see a couple of flimsy maybes (but nothing concrete) you mentioned with regards to gay rights.

            I like tax cuts and will get a nice one, your just jealous! So sorry!

            You’re sounding like a real Kool-Aid drinker! Scarey!

          • Well they say we are the LGBT community now not just gay. Conservatives are known to throw trans under the bus but they can kick your behind on that one. I’ll just throw in jabs for fun!

            Hardly flimsy. Sad that you are too dense to see the implications and the real threat. Right now there is a court case at the scotus that is a tipping point on whether business have to serve gay couples. That’s huge! Get educated instead of showing how stupid you are!!

            You’ll get a nice tax cut at others expense showing that you’re selfish and don’t care about anyone but yourself!

            Jealous? Don’t be so smug! It could flip against you once congress changed hands and trump is ousted!! You won’t have the powe forever and the GOP knows it that is why you are in such a hurry!

            If you can undo Obamacare we can undo your tax cut someday and make you pay more than you do now. We’ll see how you like it!

          • My you’re obsessed with the rear end. Must be where your head is at. Laugh at that chuckles!

      • I’m not arguing with their name, but what they stand for –
        as anyone opposed to any group might express in these comments. Again, it’s the idea that gays should be for Trump
        is illogical to me. And I will state so
        in this forum without changing the channel, thanks!

  • Great to see diversity of opinion in our communities! I’m not a big Trump fan, but I’m happy to see various opinions being given a venue of expression!

  • So, he’s organizing a rally to promote a fashion show, which will promote his business, which will benefit him financially, and he’s using politics to do it?

    No wonder he likes Trump.

  • Why not? Your disgraced fallen idol Miss Milo promotes NAMBLA. What exactly is miss milo anyway other than a courtesan? She’s been seen wearing women’s jewelry on the Bill Maher show.

    Why do you even identify as queer when you do everything the promotes the welfare of GLBT? What a mess!

  • OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
    The March for MAGA, July 1, 2017
    Event Organizer – MAGA MEGA LLC
    CEO Peter Boykin (DC) peterboykin@magamega.com
    Viktoria Colvin – MAGA MEGA LLC – Executive Producer viktoriacolvin@magamega.com

    The March for MAGA – A MAGA MEGA Rally in Washington D.C.
    on July 1, 2017
    “Stop the fight. Let’s Unite”

    June 28, 2017: MAGAMEGA LLC, a grassroots pro-American organization, announces a MAGA MEGA Rally celebrating those who stand for America, Go Against the Grain or are Making a difference and are eager to celebrate the Nations Birthday the Saturday prior to July 4th.

    The event is scheduled for July 1, 2017 at the Southwest Quadrant of the Ellipse – south side of the White House Lawn. This is a free event for all American’s who wish to promote their love for their country and their love for freedom. Free tickets are available at themagaawards.com. You can call or follow any of the links provided. For media request please contact us directly.

    We are pleased to announce, Transformational Speaker, Dr. Lisa Christiansen and EDM Recording artist and DJ, Kaya Jones have accepted our invitation to be keynote speakers at the March for MAGA event. This event is to unite the Nation together in support of our country and our elected President. We are excited to have Dr. Lisa and Kaya Jones speaking along with other guests at our events throughout the country this year.

    MAGA MEGA Rally is a prequal to the main event on September 1st and 2nd where there are more than 215 nominees for the MAGA Awards, some of which are nominated in more than 1 category, which brings the nominee total to 247. There are 24 categories – see our voting page for the full list of categories and nominees. The MAGA Awards event will offer a variety of speakers, performers or presenters ranging from community organizations, the entertainment industry, politics, the media, and mainstream society.

    Dr. Christiansen has been publicly supporting President Trump throughout the campaign and even went to the inauguration. She is an Oklahoma-based authority on the psychology of leadership, organizational turnaround, and is a Peak Performance Strategist. She is also a Doctor of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, and has a degree in Psychology. Dr. Christiansen has served as an Advisor to pop star Kelly Clarkson, Olympian Dara Torres, and superstar Patrick Dempsey. Christiansen has also been honored as one of the “Top Business Intellectuals in the World.”

    Kaya Jones is an EDM Recording artist and DJ – Known formally from the world famous, Pussycat Dolls, and is highly involved in philanthropy work with veterans. Kaya is currently recording a new album with an upcoming release date to be announced.

    Just so you know who we are, our company was founded by Peter Boykin & Viktoria L Colvin, our mission is to support and ensure True Freedom of Speech. Additionally our goal is to bring fun and excitement into American Activism through events such as; The Inaugural Deploraball, March4Trump: Washington DC, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, Phoenix & Mar-a-Lago, and now The MAGA Awards.

    Kaya Jones, Dr. Lisa Christensen, Joy Villa, Andre Soriano, and the Jackson Tillman Band are just a couple of the nominees for The MAGA Awards along with other nominees who will attend the MAGA Award event, perform new singles, or present awards. Many will also have booths at the expo during the day on September 1st to sign autographs, meet fans, and sell CD’s or souvenirs.

    Please join us on July 1 for a day filled with love, unity, and patriotism. You can follow each one on Twitter @Joy_Villa @KayaJones @DrLisaCoaching @andresoriano @JTillmanBand. For more details visit themagaawards.com And we are also proud to announce the MAGA Award is being cast in silver – in the image of Joy in the now famous MAGA Gown.

    The MAGA Awards and MAGA MEGA Rally and Expo events are not intended as Pro-Trump or politically motivated events. Although many of the nominees, as well as the organization is in support of the 45th President, Donald Trump. This event is a PRO-AMERICAN event, honoring those who strive to make it better for one another and are willing to put aside personal beliefs, opinions, or negative narratives in order to improve the lives of fellow Americans.

    We’re unifying in honor of The United States of America and for all Americans; all people, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, age, or political affiliation are invited to participate. We the people, as One Nation Under God, invite you to set aside differences and join us.

    For further information, please visit us at The MAGA Awards, please go vote for your favorite nominee and visit the schedule to get all the details for the day’s events. Like us on Facebook or follow the MAGA Awards on Twitter and use #MagaAwards also follow @PeterBoykin and @ViktoriaLColvin. To become a sponsor or to have your own expo booth visit our sponsor and exhibitor page.

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  • Let me ask all of those that want to talk trash about Donald Trump or say “I cannot believe that there is GaysForTrump” so I ask you… whining about our President and saying all day he is supposed to be anti gay… what does that change? what does that do? really? whining all damn day about this and that… what does that do? I tell you what it does it does NOT A DAMN thing. So you want to keep listening to the Fake News about Donald Trump and Mike Pence go ahead.. but its all LIES.. you liberal gays are just as indoctrinated into believing lies as bad as ISIS is… its sad…

    • “So you want to keep listening to the Fake News about Donald Trump and Mike Pence go ahead.. but its all LIES.”

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! :D

      Right-wing delusions are so amusing. :)

  • I have been reading all of this back and forth about this and that but what I have not heard is what we all can do together to make this country more safe and better for our children’s children. We all are Americans and we can disagree on issues and that is what makes America what it is and has become the land of the free and opportunity for all. But what does not make America is this chapter without logical solutions. Have that discussion not your democrat or republican continuous sound bites that has been the talk for decades. Solutions

  • I almost feel sorry for Peter Boykin. He’s a laughingstock, and clearly needs mental care. Well, actually… anyone who supports Trump or Republicans/conservatives for that matter needs psychological/psychiatric care, but he simply embarrasses himself. If I were him and had done what he’s done, I could never show my face in public again. Yet there is is with a $#!+-eating grin a mile wide… proud as can be. And yet completely clueless to the fact that he’s no different than a very busy “Jews for Hitler” supporter & organizer.

  • As a gay person I support Trump 100% bc of immigration policies. Bear in mind there are large numbers of gay conservatives that do not identify themselves as part of LGBT

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