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Organizers have given a gay group co-sponsoring an upcoming national conservative convention a speaking role at the event, although the discussion will focus on technology and not LGBT issues.

According to the website for the Conversative Political Action Conference, which will take place in D.C., the gay conservative group known as GOProud is set to speak Feb. 20 on a panel titled “Using Technology to Mobilize Conservatives.”

Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud, will represent the organization on the panel. He said he wanted to speak on technology because his group has heavily relied on the Internet to get the word out since GOProud’s launch last year.

“I think we’re going to bring a unique perspective to talk about how we have been able to use social networking like Facebook and Twitter as well as just Internet in general and e-mail to reach folks all over the country, in rural areas, in parts of the country that we haven’t necessarily been able to visit,” he said.

Joining LaSalvia on the panel will be Tom Keeley, online marketing cooridinator for FreedomWorks, and Adam DiAngeli, director of information technology for the Campaign for Liberty. The moderator for the panel will be Sandy Greiner, board president of the American Future Fund, and the emcee will be Kate Obenshain, vice president of Young America’s Foundation.

Asked whether he thought it was strange he wasn’t speaking on a panel related to social or LGBT issues, LaSalvia replied, “Frankly, there really aren’t any.”

“If you look at the overall program, there is a lot of discussion about economics and national security, as it should be,” LaSalvia said. “That’s what most of the country is focused on and that’s what most conservatives are focused on.”

Although many panels are dedicated to the economy and national security, a separate panel will take place on Feb. 18 that seems geared toward social issues, according to the CPAC schedule.

It’s titled “Saving Freedom from The Enemies of Our Values,” and a number of prominent social conservatives are set to speak, including Phyllis Schlafly and Tim Goeglein, a lobbyist and spokesperson for Focus on the Family Action.

LaSalvia said GOProud didn’t ask to be part of this panel because CPAC had already set participants before GOProud became involved in the scheduling process.

Still, LaSalvia said he plans on attending the panel as an audience member. He said his group may disagree on the some issues with other CPAC participants, but agrees with them on the majority of issues.

“It’s a diverse coalition, but we agree on a set core principles,” he said. “There’s going to be disagreement on some things and there’s going to be agreement on most things.”

The involvement of GOProud in CPAC has reportedly riled some conversative groups who’ve argued that a gay group has no place at a conservative conference.  According to OneNewsNow, Liberty University Law School withdrew its co-sponsorship of the event because officials allowed the gay group to participate.

LaSalvia said he thinks Liberty University’s withdrawal from CPAC is “ironic” because he said GOProud co-sponsored other events with the school in the past, including the College Republicans National Convention.

“I can just tell you that we have been extremely heartened by the outpouring of support that we’ve received from other conservatives and other co-sponsors since we’ve signed on as a co-sponsor,” LaSalvia said. “Lots of folks have reached out to tell us that they’re glad we’re going to be there and so I expect that to continue while we’re there.”

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  1. libhomo

    February 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    GOShame shouldn’t have anything to do with the CPAC bigots.

  2. Tim

    February 3, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I never will understand why these self-loathing gay & lesbian people choose to support the Republican Party and its agenda of hate. I think I remember GOProud’s director from a video I saw about gay Republicans, and if so, what a self-hating mess this guy is! When will these poor people learn to stop crawling to the GOP. On the other hand, when will the rest of us learn that we need to hold the Democrats feet to the fire and get them to pass the Pro-LGBT Legislation that they have been dangling in front of us for so long. I have called, emailed and written both of my Democrat Senators (Webb & Warner) along with my idiot Republican Congressman Eric Cantor, and explained that their failure to support ENDA, the Domestic Partnership Benefits & Obligations Act and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell would result in my failure to give money, support or votes to them in the next few elections. Of course, Cantor is already crossed off my X-mas card list, but Webb & Warner may be joining him if they don’t get busy passing the Pro-LGBT legislation they promissed us.

  3. Doctor Whom

    February 3, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    ‘“It’s a diverse coalition, but we agree on a set core principles,” he said’

    The only core principle of the GOP is to obtain and hold onto power. As long as it can do so by demonizing LGBT people, it will continue to demonize us. As someone who was active in the GOP before coming to my senses, yes, I do know what I am talking about.

  4. Marc Paige

    February 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    GOProud can do whatever the hell they want, but after LaSalvia’s “Frankly, there really aren’t any” (gay issues), they can’t call themselves a gay group, or say they have anything to do with LGBT equality.

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