November 7, 2018 at 11:53 am EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Gays for Trump leader loses race for N.C. House seat
Peter Boykin, gay news, Washington Blade

Peter Boykin, founder of Gays for Trump. (Washington Blade photo by Wyatt Reid Westlund)

Peter Boykin, founder and president of the North Carolina-based group Gays for Trump, lost his race for a seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives on Tuesday in a district that includes the city of Greensboro.

According to the Greensboro News & Record, incumbent Democrat Amos Quick beat Boykin, who ran as a Republican, by a margin of 21,134 votes to 6,395 votes or about 76 percent to 23 percent.

Quick serves as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in High Point, N.C. He is completing his first term in office and was challenged by Boykin in his bid for a second term.

Boykin operates an online radio station, which he says provides news and commentary that focuses on conservative political principles. In 2016, Boykin and his husband, David Smith, became visible attendees at campaign rallies for then-GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump while carrying large “Gays for Trump” signs and banners.

Following Trump’s election as president Boykin organized two pro-Trump rallies on the National Mall in D.C., which drew only a few dozen people.

In a message posted on Twitter Tuesday night after the election results became known, Boykin said, “It was a Tough Battle and I said I would represent EVERYONE and I only would hope that my opponent Quick will do the same…God bless Guilford county and Greensboro.”

In a separate Tweet, Boykin added, “This is my Daily Shout out to RealDonaldTrump the Greatest Potus we have had since Reagan. Thank you #Trump for #Making America Great ALWAYS. #MAGA.”

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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