STILL LONELY OUT THERE FOR GAY REPUB­LI­CANS

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Glen Paul Freed­man, co-chair of the board of di­rec­tors of the At­lanta Pride Com­mit­tee, is one Clin­ton sup­porter who, judg­ing by his so­cial me­dia ac­tiv­ity, per­pet­u­ally seems just a few more #I’mWithHer hash­tags away from win­ning a free toaster.

“I’m just re­ally look­ing for some­body who can re­ally be de­ci­sive, is very firm and in­cred­i­bly knowl­edge­able to ac­tu­ally be the pres­i­dent of the United States,” he tells Ge­or­gia Voice. “For me it comes down to trust, who do I to­tally trust with our lives to be the pres­i­dent of the United States to make those im­por­tant de­ci­sions and will lis­ten to peo­ple.”

He cites that 2011 speech be­fore the United Na­tions when asked about her sup­port of LGBT is­sues, say­ing, “She didn’t have to do that, she wasn’t forced to do that, she was the only per­son who did it and she had the sup­port of the pres­i­dent. I think that’s a telling mo­ment and it shouldn’t be swept un­der the rug,” adding that he thinks Clin­ton has been more out­spo­ken than San­ders about LGBT is­sues over the years.

A num­ber of other lo­cal LGBT lead­ers, ac­tivists and political play­ers ap­pear to agree with Freed­man, with the fol­low­ing con­firm­ing their sup­port for Clin­ton:

Les­bian state Rep. Karla Dren­ner (D-Avon­dale Es­tates)

Stan Fong, At­lanta Pride Com­mit­tee mem­ber and board mem­ber of the Na­tional

Fe­bru­ary 19, 2016

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Leo Martinez, pres­i­dent of the board of Latino LinQ and com­mu­nity education co­or­di­na­tor for anti-do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­ga­ni­za­tion Cam­i­nar Latino

Mar­ck­eith DeJe­sus, openly gay can­di­date chal­leng­ing state Rep. Mable Thomas in the House District 56 pri­mary in May

Bob Gi­bel­ing, openly gay can­di­date in this year’s House District 54 race, trea­surer of the LGBT Cau­cus of the Demo­cratic Party of Ge­or­gia

Rafer John­son, openly gay can­di­date in this year’s House District 62 race

Jim Taflinger, Chair of the LGBT Cau­cus of the Demo­cratic Party of Ge­or­gia

Colton Grif­fin, First Vice Chair of the LGBT Cau­cus of the Demo­cratic Party of Ge­or­gia, Stonewall Cau­cus Chair at Young Democrats of Ge­or­gia

Ju­liana Il­lari, board mem­ber of the Ge­or­gia Stonewall Democrats

Ken Britt, LGBT Cau­cus of the Demo­cratic Party of Ge­or­gia

Tony Kear­ney, com­mu­nity ad­vo­cate

Among those who ei­ther de­clined to pub­licly state their pre­ferred can­di­date or failed to re­spond by press time were les­bian state Rep. Keisha Waites (D-At­lanta), les­bian for­mer state Rep. Si­mone Bell (now with Lambda Le­gal), Hu­man Rights Cam­paign na­tional board mem­ber Ames Sim­mons, Micky Bee of the Trans­gen­der Law Cen­ter, trans­gen­der ac­tivist Raquel Wil­lis, Lambda Le­gal di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity education and ad­vo­cacy Hol­i­day Sim­mons, South­ern­ers On New Ground co-di­rec­tor Paulina Helm-Her­nan­dez, les­bian House District 62 can­di­date Va­lerie Vie, openly gay House District 59 can­di­date Josh Noblitt, queer House District 58 can­di­date Park Cannon, Larry Pel­le­grini, board mem­ber of the Ge­or­gia Stonewall Democrats and Ge­or­gia Stonewall Democrats board chair Tim Cairl.

None of the Ge­or­gia LGBT com­mu­nity mem­bers we spoke to voiced sup­port for Sen­a­tor San­ders, and the San­ders cam­paign could not pro­vide a list of prom­i­nent Ge­or­gia LGBT sup­port­ers.

A poll by Com­mu­nity Mar­ket­ing & In­sights ( CMI) re­leased Feb. 15 ap­pears to show LGBT vot­ers slightly fa­vor­ing Clin­ton over San­ders on the na­tional level as well. The CMI poll of 563 LGBT cit­i­zens who plan to vote in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tions showed Sec­re­tary Clin­ton get­ting 48 per­cent of the vote, Sen. San­ders get­ting 41 per­cent and the six re­main­ing Repub­li­can can­di­dates each get­ting less than 2 per­cent each.

When asked which of the Demo­cratic party pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates would be “the most sup­port­ive of LGBT civil rights,” the re­sults were evenly split be­tween Clin­ton and San­ders. When asked the same ques­tion about the Repub­li­can party pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates, a whop­ping 73 per­cent in­di­cated that none of them are sup­port­ive of LGBT civil rights, while 6 per­cent se­lected Ohio Gov. John Ka­sich, 4 per­cent se­lected Don­ald Trump and the re­main­ing can­di­dates re­ceived 2 per­cent or less.

Cou­ple that with the Ge­or­gia Voice poll show­ing less than 6 per­cent of read­ers plan­ning to vote Repub­li­can in the pri­mary and a fa­mil­iar pic­ture emerges—it’s still lonely out there for gay Repub­li­cans. It’s not a sur­pris­ing find­ing see­ing as how sev­eral of the can­di­dates—Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Ru­bio in par­tic­u­lar—are pub­licly em­brac­ing nu­mer­ous anti-LGBT views in or­der to cap­ture the evan­gel­i­cal vote.

At­lanta’s Jamie Ens­ley, na­tional board chair for the Log Cabin Repub­li­cans, tells Ge­or­gia Voice that while the or­ga­ni­za­tion doesn’t make en­dorse­ments in fed­eral or pres­i­den­tial pri­maries, he per­son­ally plans on sup­port­ing Trump. And Allen Fox of Ge­or­gia Repub­li­cans for the Fu­ture said his group also doesn’t en­dorse pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates and that he had yet to make a de­ci­sion on who he sup­ports per­son­ally.

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