Americans have learned one important lesson from this past election: politics are personal. The division between red and blue America is growing deeper. As Democrats and Republicans in Congress become further divided on important issues such healthcare, the hostility is extending beyond Washington D.C. and into communities in our own backyards. One community in particular is seeing exclusion and division amongst the political left and right: the LGBTQ community. Pride month is in full swing, however, one group in particular will be excluded in the LGBTQ community from festivities this year: conservatives. LGBTQ Republicans find themselves in a particularly awkward situation. As Pride events begin around the world, cities in the U.S. are witnessing events that are supposed to promote acceptance and tolerance of one another, as hate filled weekends deposing our current administration. Make no mistake, you have the right to protest and speak out against the federal government. However, making those in the LGBTQ community feel unwelcome because of their political party affiliation and excluding them for supporting politicians with a (R) after their name, only makes you a hypocrite. I believe gay liberals have forgotten why it is pride even exist. It’s quite apparent that the Left is defining a new version of the LGBTQ community, and you can only be a part of that community if you are a Democrat or socialist Bernie Sanders supporter.
The gay rights movement ended when Los Angeles Pride became political, and has arguably become an extension of the Democratic National Convention (kidding). The resist march in Pride L.A. shows how if you are a conservative in the gay community, you are clearly not welcome. This year, you’re only welcome at Pride if you are a Democrat and on this past election day, you exclaimed, “I’m with her”. How disappointing that this is what the left has done, making a weekend about acceptance into a political statement, opening one closet, only to make another for LGBTQ conservatives. The left needs to take a look in a look in the mirror and ask themselves, who really is the party of exclusion? However, it’s hard to be upset, the silly liberals love big government and think it’s the answer to every problem they encounter.