March 8, 2018 at 6:42 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
‘Gays for Trump’ leader runs for N.C. Legislature
Peter Boykin, gay news, Washington Blade

Peter Boykin, founder of Gays for Trump, is running for the North Carolina House of Representatives. (Washington Blade photo by Wyatt Reid Westlund)

Peter Boykin, the founder and president of the group Gays for Trump, announced last month that he is running as a Republican for a seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives in a district representing Greensboro.

Boykin is challenging Amos Quick, a Democratic incumbent who serves as pastor of a black church in a Democratic leaning district. Despite what on the surface appears to be an uphill effort to win election to the seat, Boykin said his platform and positions on local and national issues will draw the attention of voters.

Among other things, he said his platform focuses on “school, church, and public safety for everyone, proper gun training and safety, and employment and job security.”

“I want to ensure people of all walks of life are treated with dignity and respect so long as they also return the favor,” he said in a statement. “Equality is treating everyone with equal respect regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, political party, or opinions.”

Boykin was in D.C. on Sunday for a rally at the Lincoln Memorial in support of President Donald Trump for which he served as lead organizer. The event drew about 100 people.

His campaign announcement says Boykin is technical producer and co-owner of MAGA One Radio, a North Carolina-based online radio network that provides news and commentary from a conservative perspective.

His campaign announcement mentions the gun issue prominently.

“Gun free does not mean removal of guns, but allows for an authorized protection plan that will permit properly trained individuals to protect churches and schools in cases of emergencies with firearms,” the statement says.

“My goal as a representative for Greensboro, N.C. is to ensure our children and our families feel secure and safe when attending school, church, or public events knowing trained individuals are present to safeguard their lives and they will all make it home each and every day,” his statement says.

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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