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Whether you are gay or straight, Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal, we all know that Chris R Barron bears a responsibility in his claims to leadership in the gay community to treat the entire gay community with the same respect he expects to receive. We also know that if any other public figure were to make the same homophobic comments that he did regarding the gay community that they would be relieved of their post, whether a politician, newscaster, or entertainer.
Chris R Barron needs to know that just because he is gay also, doesn't mean that he is immune from scrutiny and criticism from the gay community for representing us in a bad light, or for insulting us simply for the sake of the controversy and subsequent publicity it generates for himself.
Let's send GOProud to CPAC on February 10, 2011 with a new attitude towards the gay community at large. Don't let them go into that lion's den of anti-gay homophobes thinking they've done nothing wrong, and thinking that the gay community stands behind them, nor will we simply sit back and let them get away with insulting and bullying their fellow gays simply for the sake of Chris R Barron's own personal advancement. If we do, it will only embolden Chris to do so more and more as time goes on. We need to nip it in the bud TODAY!
Please join me in demanding Chris R Barron either publicly apologizes to the gay community for his unfortunate comments on Twitter, or demanding his resignation from the GOProud Board by emailing GOProud Executive Director, Jimmy LaSalvia at email@example.com
Thank you for standing up for your self respect, as well as that of millions of other gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who make up the gay community, and are fighting, bleeding and dying for our equality.
Here is the email I'm sending. Feel free to simply copy and paste it and send it on:
TO: Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director, GOProud firstname.lastname@example.org
It has come to my attention that on January 26, 2011, Chris R Barron, co-founder and fellow Executive Director and Chairman of the Board of GOProud, publicly stated on the social media site, Twitter that "The Gay Left = The American Taliban" and is "one of the most dangerous groups in America."
Chris' offending tweets from Jan 26, 2011 read:
ChrisRBarron The gay left = the American Taliban. Hateful, angry and dumb as shit.
ChrisRBarron Fact: The gay Taliban is one greatest threats facing this country.
I understand Chris R. Barron is gay, but that gives him no right to publicly insult and verbally bully the vast majority of the gay community. By doing so, I believe he has forfeited his credibility and his standing in the gay community as a self proclaimed leader.
I hereby demand he be held accountable for his respresentation (or in this case MISrepresentation) of the gay community, and that he either publicly apologizes on Twitter, or resigns from the GOProud Board immediately.
Bullying and verbally insulting the gay community is unacceptable, even from a public figure like Mr. Barron who claims to be gay, and claims to represent the gay community's interest at CPAC. When we turn on each other, we simply give Conservatives of both parties even more reason to view us with dispersion, disrespect and disregard.
Brian Anthony Bowen
Member of the Worldwide Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community
Music Producer, "The Gemini Enterprise: Stellar Trance"
Blogger, "The Gemini Gayzette"
Author of upcoming new book, "The Bed Keeper: A Biblical Case FOR Gay Marriage"