While the vast majority of the LGBT community has traditionally leaned left, there have been numerous high-profile gay conservatives to come out over the years, including Town Hall’s Guy Benson, who did so in a brief passage of his memoir a few years ago. After the massacre at an Orlando, Florida, gay club early Sunday morning, Jim Hoft added his name to the list.
Hoft, who is best known for running the popular conservative blog The Gateway Pundit, says he’s been open about his sexuality with those who know him personally for decades, but hasn’t discussed it publicly until now.
In an article on Breitbart titled “After the Pulse Club Massacre, It’s Time for Gays to Come Home to Republican Party,” Hoft writes, “I came out in the 1980s to family and friends during the AIDS epidemic. I saw a lot of friends get sick. I saw a lot of friends die. I went to a lot of funerals. It was a scary time to be gay.”
He continues, “Like most gay Americans I don’t wear my sexuality on my sleeve. I go about my daily business. I try not to harm anyone. I love my family. I love my friends. I love my country. I’ve been a conservative activist for years. But today I’m coming out as a conservative gay activist.”
Hoft says he started his website as a way to fight the left, whom he saw as an enemy to the American way of life, so he never thought discussing his sexuality was important. But he says that in the wake of the Orlando attack, “I can no longer remain silent as my gay brothers and sisters are being slaughtered at dance clubs.”
He believes gays need to coalesce behind the candidate who will best protect them from attacks by Muslim extremists.
“There is only one man who can lead this nation and protect all gays and all Americans,” Hoft writes. “His name is Donald Trump.”
Hoft says gay marriage has already been decided and with that being out of the way, he believes the gay community needs to get behind the presumptive Republican nominee so Trump can put an end to extremist attacks.
“In 2016 only one candidate will protect gays from another Islamist attack,” he concludes. “I pray that gays will come back home to the Republican Party – no more death. Dear God, please no more death.”