Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Some Gay Men Say They Will Support Trump After Orlando Shooting

By Joe Crowe   |   Monday, 13 Jun 2016 03:48 PM

Some gay men are saying that they are moving their support in the presidential election to likely Republican candidate Donald Trump in the aftermath of the Orlando gay club shootings, according to Red Alert Politics.

On a pro-Trump message board site on Reddit, a user whose screen name is 4yyy wrote, "I'm American, I'm gay. I used to think Trump was full of [expletive]. Today everything changed. My friend was one of the victims in Orlando, I've never been more ready for Trump to take office." 

The user added, "I'm shaken. I'm a mess. I'm broken, but I've never been more determined for a leader to actually take charge and make a change. How do I get started? How do I help this man lead us into a safer country." 

Reddit user snowduckling said that the Orlando shooting has changed his mind about his vote for president. 

"I am a gay man and this disgusting incident has persuaded me to join the Trump train! It's about time that I jumped ship," the user wrote. 

He said that he worries about his life more than anti-gay bias. "I'd rather be denied service from a bakery than be riddled with bullets during a hate crime performed by a crazy radical Islamic terrorist," he wrote. 

An anonymous gay activist wrote on about how the Orlando attacks devastated him. "The events in Orlando have shattered my political beliefs." 

He said he voted for Hillary Clinton in the primary, but "I now cringe inwardly with shame and embarrassment at having done so." 

The anonymous activist said Trump is the only candidate talking about stopping Islamic terror attackers, and now that issue is at the forefront for him. "Suddenly that is the only issue that really matters when it comes to the health, well-being and safety of the queer community," the activist said

He said he is disappointed that Clinton and President Barack Obama have decided that "appeasing Muslims" is more important than defending gay people.