Republican Party Creates “Pride Coalition”

( – On November 7, the Log Cabin Republicans organization that supports LGBT+ conservatives hosted the Spirit of Lincoln Gala event at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. During the party, the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced the creation of a Pride Coalition in partnership with the event’s host.

The newly formed group’s mission is to mobilize the LGBTQ+ conservative communities for additional support leading into the 2022 midterm elections. RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel received the Majority Maker award and affirmed her commitment to “fight for our country’s future,” praising the “unique perspectives” the typical left-leaning community brings to the table.

Giving and Getting Support

She went on to say that the conservative LGBT community is instrumental in securing wins for Republican candidates. In fact, the Log Cabin Republicans supported newly-elected Governor Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) during his race that ended in victory on November 2.

In addition, they endorsed Jack Ciattarelli in his race for governor of New Jersey, and the group isn’t stopping there. They intend to play a more significant role in the upcoming 2022 elections, through and with the RNC Pride Coalition. The plan is to generate support and spread the message of inclusivity among all Americans, despite differences of opinion and lifestyle.

Reactions to the Move

Former acting Director of National Security Richard Grenell, an openly-gay Republican, and the recipient of the Game Changer award at the gala, thinks the move is a refreshing and fantastic change for the party. He recalls a personal experience in 1992 while working on the Bush-Quayle campaign hearing “gay people were not welcome” in the conservative realm. He describes the current move by the RNC as “phenomenal.”

However, not everyone was happy about the announcement. Daily Wire contributor Matt Walsh tweeted that the Right is simply embracing “leftist sexual identity politics” and by doing so is nullifying the Republican Party.

US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg’s husband, Chasten, also spoke out against the group’s formation and McDaniel, specifically, when he said that 40% of young homeless people are LGBTQ members rejected by their conservative families.

No matter how specific members of the Republican or Democratic parties feel about the move, the RNC chairwoman said “Democrats should be worried” about the 2022 elections. With President Joe Biden’s low approval numbers, the Republican’s inclusive message, and the former president’s support, conservative candidates may be successful in taking the House of Representatives and the Senate next year.

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