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08/11/2014

GOP in Republican National Convention's host city fetes Gay Games

by Jeremy Hooper

The national party may be still standing in opposition to (and, in fact, actively opposing) anything resembling full equality for LGBT Americans, but Republicans in the Cleveland and Akron areas of Ohio are opening their arms to LGBT Americans' sportsmanship:

After officially securing the 2016 Republican National Convention for its home town, the Cuyahoga County Republican Party turned to welcome a less conventional group of people to the city: attendees of the ninth Gay Games.
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The participation of the Cuyahoga GOP will also mark the first major outreach by local Republican officials to the LGBT community – and hints at the inclusion they plan as the hosts of the 2016 convention.
FULL: Cuyahoga County Republicans welcome Gay Games to Cleveland [WaPo]

Maybe they're testing our agility with the long jump before they support our jumping the broom? Or perhaps we must prove our ability to fend off fencing attacks before they help us fend off employment discrimination? Or maybe they just heard there will be something called a pole vault, and the party in desperate need of a demographic boon thought it applied to polls rather than big sticks?

Whatever the reason, may it please further alienate the anti-LGBT far-right. If ever there were a crowd deserving of the agony of defeat, it is the subset of the GOP that does great damage to the party's reputation with every human-hostile press release.

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