February 18, 2016 at 8:35 am EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
CPAC accepts Log Cabin as conference sponsor
Gregory Angelo, Log Cabin Republicans, gay news, Washington Blade

‘I’m honored to say that this morning Log Cabin Republicans was accepted as formal sponsors at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference,’ said Gregory Angelo. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

After years of being turned away, the national LGBT group Log Cabin Republicans received notice on Wednesday that its application to become a sponsor of the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC, has been approved, according to Log Cabin President Gregory Angelo.

Angelo announced what he called a “watershed moment” in Log Cabin’s history at the regularly scheduled meeting of the group’s D.C. chapter on Wednesday night.

“I couldn’t wait to share this news with all of you as so many of you have been asking me about this for probably a better part of a year now,” Angelo told the gathering, which included Jose Cunningham, the gay chair of the D.C. Republican Party.

“I’m happy to say, I’m pleased to say, I’m honored to say that this morning Log Cabin Republicans was accepted as formal sponsors at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference,” Angelo said.

His jubilant announcement came one year after Angelo and LGBT conservatives criticized the American Conservative Union, which organizes the annual CPAC event, for rejecting Log Cabin’s request to become a sponsor on grounds that it wasn’t conservative enough and didn’t submit a proper application.

Last year’s rejection followed similar rejections of Log Cabin’s request to become a CPAC sponsor over the past several years. CPAC officials in past years had also refused to accept as a sponsor the conservative LGBT group GOProud.

Matt Schlapp, the ACU chair, has denied that his organization, which is considered the nation’s preeminent conservative advocacy group, turned down Log Cabin’s application in previous years because of anti-gay bias. Schlapp noted that many prominent conservative advocates who are gay have attended and participated in CPAC for many years.

A representative of the ACU and CPAC couldn’t immediately be reached by the Blade for comment.

At the D.C. Log Cabin meeting Wednesday night, Angelo said this year’s decision by CPAC to approve Log Cabin’s role as a sponsor – which enables the gay GOP group to set up an official booth at the event – came after nearly a year of negotiations.

“These negotiations with the American Conservative Union and CPAC were long,” he said. “They were challenging. They were often intense. But ultimately I think this is a watershed moment in Log Cabin Republicans’ history.”

In an interview with the Washington Blade following his announcement Wednesday night, Angelo said he isn’t sure of the internal process the ACU and CPAC officials used to approve the Log Cabin application. He said Log Cabin received CPAC’s notice of acceptance by email.

“After last year’s CPAC debacle, Log Cabin Republicans and myself personally had been in regular communication with the organization’s chairman, Matt Schlapp, and Executive Director Dan Schneider as well as with other members of the American Conservative Union staff,” Angelo said.

In what appeared to be a gesture of conciliation, Angelo said ACU officials attended Log Cabin’s national dinner last year.

“I think what we’re seeing here is two organizations that made a commitment a year ago to work together in good faith to an end that not only will ultimately benefit the American Conservative Union, Log Cabin Republicans, and CPAC but also the greater conservative movement – that we can move beyond this perennial fight between the two organizations every year and present a united front as we head toward CPAC and as we head toward the 2016 election,” Angelo said.

Angelo declined to disclose the cost of Log Cabin’s sponsorship for the CPAC event, but the CPAC website shows that the cost of the level of sponsorship that Angelo appeared to be describing Wednesday night is $7,500.

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

  • These Log Cabinette quislings are pathetic grovelers, supporting groups that would undo all gains for gay people if they could.

    • LCR’s lawsuit helped force the Obama administration’s hand on lifting “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” They do good work for LGBT equality.

      But even more than that, they need to maintain a presence in the GOP. One reason gains for LGBT equality have come so slowly is that we’ve tried to make them a strictly partisan issue. The GOP, like it or not, is one of our two major American political parties. If the GOP doesn’t have an LGBT presence, then there’s no one to put the brakes on the GOP’s worst anti-gay impulses — and also no one to hold Democrats accountable. Placing all our eggs in the Democrats’ basket isn’t a wise strategy.

      • That’s the only damn thing they’ve done….WHOOPI!

      • They’ve (Log Cabinettes) been in existence since 1977 and the GOP has become ever more extreme. Since their failure is compete in bringing about any change whatsoever, they have no reason to continue to exist and since they support these ever more extreme GOP policies that call for our deaths, imprisonment, stripping of all civil rights, etc, your point is BS. The GOP doesn’t want an LGBT presence. The GOP doesn’t want LGBT people to exist at all.

      • “tried to make them a strictly partisan issue”?

        Dude, it used to be non-partisan. Both parties hated us. But gay Democrats did the hard work of turning their party around. Gay Republicans did not.

        Blaming the GOP’s continued (and at times growing) disdain for gay people on gay Democrats is simply dishonest.

    • expect tony perkins of the hate group FRC to be there

      here is the scene re the founder of FRC


    • Importing moslems and str8 people from 3rd world nations were killing gays is acceptable is a democrat platform. That myth that you can only be a gay republican if you have a hot tub bigger than most NYC apartments ended on 911

      • Maybe you should learn how to spell Muslim and straight correctly before you start lecturing gay Democrats.

        • What an idiot moslem is what moslems have been spelled by English speakers for most of its 1400 years. Changing the name is like illegal aliens becoming something else so people cant look up solutions from before.

      • Your Breitbart (is still dead) talking point totally reinforces the abject failure of the Log Cabinettes and all gay republicans to bring about any meaningful change within the GOP. They still hate all gay people. Just like LCR, you fail.

  • Oh Gregory, you just love it when they let up with the abuse for a minute or two….

  • No matter what you quislings do, they will never accept you. They will never consider you as equals. They will always consider you their inferiors at best. You’re like beaten dogs that still come when called to lick they boots of your masters. You’re pathetic and I have no sympathy for you.

  • Log Cabin Republicans are like Chickens for Col. Sanders. I don’t understand supporting a group of people that have openly advocated for your incarceration and/or execution.

    In other news…
    The NAACP has agreed to sponsor the KKK’s annual Cross Burnin’ and Lynchin’ Jamboree and the Jewish Defense League has offered the assistance of it’s legal teams to any StormFront members currently facing charges.

  • Jews for Nazis! Yay. Make no mistake, the goobs would see us in camps if they could.

    And if Trump or Cruz or Rubio get the presidency, you can bet they will start making anti gay laws, covered under the guise of “religious liberty”

    These stupid quislings deserve our ridicule.

    • I know FOR A FACT CRUZ HAS SEVERAL GAY FRIENDS. Stop putting conservatives in a box. leftists have a motive for dividing conservatives and gays. think about it – who has more to gain than to keep division festering?

      • “Just because many of us believe in marriage between a man/woman doesn’t mean we hate anyone”

        You just hate people having equal rights.

        Nice try.

      • The buzzwords of bigotry, “Some of my his (my) best friends are __________.”

        The smug, small, feeble minds who use those buzz words imagine that saying they are friends with the target of their bigotry will somehow makes it all right. The rest of us know the bigots don’t actually have any friends who are ______.

      • you haven’t been reading the conservative news blogs. Lots of wonderful right wing “christians” calling to “kill the gays”. Kevin Swanson, Scott Lively, Theodore Shoebat and Phil Robertson come immediately to mind. What also comes to mind is that you’re an ignorant idiot choosing to remaining blissfully stupid in the face of overwhelming fact. Why do right wing christians always violate the 9th Commandment?

      • Patti, I don’t really care if Ted Cruz as “you know for a fact” is just a misunderstood conservative. What I do care about is Cruz’s unequivocal promise to roll back advances in gay equality. Yet what makes Ted Cruz’s views threatening is not that he holds them but that thousands of people like you would put him in a position to bring them to fruition. So no Patti, I don’t think that you’re a hater. You’re worse. You’re an enabler of hate.

      • Your “faith” is a pile of man-made bullcrap. Stop using superstition to harm your fellow man.

      • then he has stupid gay friends there are jerks and fools in every group

      • The people that banned Cruz’s gay friends from gay bars for sharing on social media they had him over for a dinner party are gay gold diggers hoping for gay alimony.

    • Both Pink Pistols, and Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership will take my money.

  • Pay them money to like you. They ACU is probably asking for cash because very soon the other groups will demand your removal.

  • If they ate trying to impress their fellow Republicans, they fail as their straight buddies hate them in their hearts.
    Log Cabin Republicans must have acceptance issues with their dads.JMO


      • We know what in a right wing christians heart: a brick.

      • Cruz became the Attorney General of Texas in time to oversee Texas’s defense in Lawrence V. Texas in front of the SCOTUS. He didn’t argue it himself, but it was still under his purview. During his time as AG of Texas, he consistently fought every bit of progress on gay rights in the state, even going so far as to overturn a gay divorce. He also supported Texas’s Prop 2 that banned gay marriage and civil unions and everything else.

        Rubio defended his state’s ban on gays adopting, supported the state’s Amendment 2 banning gay marriage, civil unions, and everything else.

        This is literally the first year that CPAC has allowed the LCR to set up a booth.

        The GOP Platform in 2012 calls gay marriage a threat to society, gay troops a threat to security, and so-on.

        So you’re right. You can’t know what’s in someone’s heart. But you can look at their actions and judge them based on that.

  • I bet they’re xtains….you know the whole guilt trip buybull stuff. LCR you really come across as pathetic please go back in the closet.

    Once you come to the realization that gawd’s not real you’ll feel better knowing no one is “watching”

  • Welcome! These are great people, we differ on a couple issues but liberty means you live your life, i live mine, help/love each other and let God do the judging.

    • Really? They’re the ones who are judging!

    • Really, that’s what you believe? Yet you seem to align with a political mindset that at its core would impose restrictions, interfere in the most intimate aspects of people’s lives and advance the wellbeing of some while denying rights and basic services to others. No matter how hard you try to rationalize it away, the moment you cast your ballot for one of “those great people” you are totally aligned with their views.

      • The only restrictions the right gives is to what taxpayer’s money gets handed out on. Before whites & asians built up civilization white privilege was peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot 5 days old, while non Asian minorities ate low hanging tropical fruit all year. There is a former African King of Rwanda is living in VA on welfare getting better free healthcare than you could buy in his homeland

    • maybe wee dont believe in your god. BTW the bible justifed slavery – a slave shall obey his master

    • let us know when you will campaign for gays having full equal rights and the end to the BS of bad xtians trying to ever more discriminate against gays

      of course nothing will change your mind and similar backward folks like you
      1. youre proud of your hatreds, even if you dont realzse it

      also your induced hatreds live in your subconscious as a form of obsessive compulsive disorder. they control your mind and you dont even realize it

      same with many people, most in the bibble belt south

      • What rights are you missing? The right to pay alimony? Every hospital in the US has at least one surgeon whose wife divorced him because she can enjoy 1/2 of his money better without dealing with his schedule. I would rather get a gay cake from bakers that advertised in gay media than someone that didn’t support me.
        If you think importing moslems and people from the 3rd world into the US will be good for gays you better fill sandbags with that “magic dirt”. Only Bernie and Trump want to stop the 3rd world invasion. You see that article on this site about the Chilean gay killed for being gay, moslem nations execute gays by the dozen.

  • wow! look at the hate coming from liberals & gay activists! because Log Cabin members don’t tow the line? haters on both sides, but i find the hate mostly comes from the left especially when someone or a group “gets out line”. leftists seem to have more in common w marxists who expect all people fall in line and “do and think like I/gov.says”. Very sad.

      • I want the govt out of my wallet, bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, hot tub, cars, garage & closets. You will have to take my high flow showerheads from my cold dead hands after I run out of ammo, as we still use less water than Latrina’s 21 crack babies.

    • Not because LCR members “don’t tow the line”.

      Because the LCR, despite being around for decades, has been entirely unsuccessful at moving the Republicans on gay rights issues, continues to support vehemently anti-gay Republicans anyway, and then attacks Democrats for not being gay-friendly enough.

      Seriously, a few weeks ago the LCR put out an anti-Hillary ad attacking her for not coming around on gay marriage soon enough. None of the Republican candidates have come around on gay marriage at *all*. But they don’t care about that part.

      And that is why the LCR invokes a lot of eye-rolls and sarcastic expressiosn. Because, based on their history, they have more of an interest in attacking Democrats then in changing their own party. Meanwhile, in the same time frame, gay Democrats actually turned their party around such that today it’s hard to find a Democrat that doesn’t give full-throated support for gay rights.

      That’s not some petty “they don’t tow the line” complaint. It’s a substantive, evidence-based complaint.

    • smae old right wing clap trap, ur all over the web with it

      Basic thing you say is defending hate – was your daddy in the kkk??

  • This is only happening because it’s an election year. Next year at this time they will again be shunned by what’s left of the G.O.P.

  • They also defended “kill the gays” laws passed by African dictators (no I am not making this up).

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