December 5, 2022 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Trump’s gays ready to party

Inaugural #Deploraball

At least three LGBT Republican sponsored events, including a “Deplora-Ball,” are scheduled to take place in or near Washington during the Jan. 20 weekend when Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States.

The national gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans says it will host an LGBT Republican lobby day on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Jan. 19, in which Log Cabin members from throughout the country will visit the offices of their senators and representatives.

Gregory T. Angelo, president of the group, said Log Cabin will also host an LGBT “T” Party on Saturday, Jan. 21, the day following the Trump inauguration, at the Capitol Hill Club, which is located within the Republican National Committee’s headquarters complex.

“We are having what we are playfully branding a T Party, with T, of course, standing for Trump,” Angelo told the Washington Blade.

He said the event would be a cocktail reception where tea as well as alcohol will be served.

In what is likely to be the most eye-catching LGBT Republican event during the inaugural weekend, a North Carolina-based organization called Gays for Trump is organizing an Inaugural DeploraBall Gala on the inaugural evening of Jan. 20. It will be held at the upscale Bolger Center Hotel in Potomac, Md.

14440817_10210733052025230_7641183659529063358_n
PETER BOYKIN

Gays for Trump President Peter Boykin has said in postings on the group’s Facebook site that all “deplorables” who supported Trump during the tumultuous presidential campaign — both gay and straight — are invited to attend the event. He was referring to the term “deplorables” that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton used to describe some Trump supporters.

Many Trump supporters later embraced the term as a badge of honor.

“Come one, come all to our Inaugural DeploraBall extravaganza!” says one of the Gays for Trump Facebook postings. “With top-notch performers, open bar, 3 course gourmet plated dinner and an enthusiastic crowd, it’s sure to be a good time.”

A separate website promoting the DeploraBall says the admission fee is $250 and the suggested attire is black tie optional.

Chris Allen, president of the Log Cabin Republicans Washington, D.C. chapter, said his group is planning to host a happy hour gathering on Thursday night, Jan. 19, on the eve of the Trump inauguration, for Log Cabin members arriving in D.C. from across the country to attend the official inaugural events.

He said the D.C. chapter had yet to determine a location for the event as of late Tuesday, but it is tentatively set to be held on the 19th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

At least one venue has declined to host the group.

Jose Cunningham, the openly gay chair of the D.C. Republican Party, said he, Jill Homan, the lesbian Republican National Committeewoman for D.C., and Robert Kabel, the gay Republican National Committeeman for D.C., have been invited to attend the Trump inaugural swearing in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.

Jill Homan, center, and Jose Cunningham, far right, with the 22 member lgbt delegation to the RNC convention.
Jill Homan, center, and Jose Cunningham, far right, with the 22 member LGBT delegation to the RNC convention.

Cunningham said the Trump Inaugural Committee also provided the three with tickets to watch the Inaugural Parade at one of the reviewing stands lining Pennsylvania Avenue and invited them to one of the three official Inaugural Balls.

Angelo said he expects several dozen if not more Log Cabin Republicans from all parts of the country to be attending the official inaugural events during the weekend of Jan. 20, with many of them expected to participate in the Log Cabin lobby day and T Party.

Although Log Cabin Republicans chose not to endorse Trump during the election campaign, Angelo pointed to a statement the group released on the day following Trump’s election night victory.

“While we’ve had occasional differences with Mr. Trump throughout his unique campaign for our nation’s highest office, Log Cabin Republicans never hesitated to offer praise when it was due,” the statement says. “Mr. Trump’s unprecedented and repeated overtures to ‘the LGBTQ community’ were invariably lauded by our organization, and we look forward to seeing those words turn to action in a Trump administration.”

The statement adds, “As the country’s original and largest organization of LGBT Republicans and straight allies, we stand united behind our next president, optimistic for the future, and committed to ‘Make America Great Again’!”

Boykin of Gays for Trump couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. Various postings on the Gays for Trump website state that Boykin emerged as an active and visible supporter of Trump during the campaign. Among other things, the group raised money for its own Trump for President billboard signs installed along streets and highways in North Carolina and in Orlando, Fla., which included the message, “Paid for by Gays for Trump.”

The group’s website postings suggest that it would continue to operate beyond the election and the inauguration but the Washington Blade couldn’t find any postings saying what the group plans to do going forward.

Related Posts

United Against Hate Holds Virtual LGBTQ+ Town Hall

December 1, 2022

December 1, 2022

By Susan Payne A free LGBTQ+ town hall, open to the public, was held in November as part of United...

Compton Man Robbed Men He Met on Grindr, Sentenced to 9 Years

December 1, 2022

December 1, 2022

By Susan Payne A Compton man was sentenced to over nine years for robbing gay men he met on Grindr,...

California Has 10% LGBTQ Representation in Legislature

December 1, 2022

December 1, 2022

California has 10% LGBTQ representation in legislature By Susan Payne Ten percent of California’s legislature will represent the LGBTQ+ community...

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel Celebrates the Holidays

November 29, 2022

November 29, 2022

Head to the beach this December to experience the hotel’s seasonal family-friendly activities This year, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel...

Pasadena Reproductive Center Facing Lawsuit for Wrong Implantation

November 23, 2022

November 23, 2022

By Susan Payne A gay couple’s lawsuit against a reproductive center in Pasadena has been trimmed by a Los Angeles...

Los Angeles LGBT Center Honors Transgender Day of Remembrance, Mourns Colorado Shooting Victims

November 23, 2022

November 23, 2022

On the evening of November 21st, the Los Angeles LGBT Center held a candlelight vigil to honor Transgender Day of...

California to Send First Openly Gay Immigrant to Congress

November 23, 2022

November 23, 2022

By Susan Payne Long Beach voters ushered in two historical election firsts for the region during this year’s election.  Robert...

Phoebe Bridgers Covers Holiday Version of ‘So Much Wine’ Benefiting Los Angeles LGBT Center

November 22, 2022

November 22, 2022

By Susan Payne Singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers released a cover of the Handsome Family’s song “So Much Wine” from 2000. This...

Los Angeles LGBT Center Brings Together LGBTQ+ Seniors and Youth for First Intergenerational Thanksgiving Celebration

November 18, 2022

November 18, 2022

Three years after the grand opening of the Anita May Rosenstein Campus, the Los Angeles LGBT Center will celebrate the...

Palm Springs Pride Parade ‘Say Gay’ Draws Large Crowd

November 18, 2022

November 18, 2022

By Susan Payne The 36th annual Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade this month drew a large crowd and highlighted the...

LGBTQ Seniors Show Off Talents During Fall Showcase

November 18, 2022

November 18, 2022

By Susan Payne The Los Angeles LGBT Center held a fall showcase for senior citizens, the first of its kind...

North Hollywood Iliad Bookshop Set on Fire

November 18, 2022

November 18, 2022

By Susan Payne A 35-year-old bookstore was set on fire in North Hollywood in November and is believed to be...

LGBTQ Movie ‘Bros’ Flopped, but Still Important for Representation

November 10, 2022

November 10, 2022

By Susan Payne “Bros” features an all-LGBTQ principal cast in a big-studio romantic comedy among challenging political times for the...

Monkeypox Vaccine, Treatment Found to Slow Down Virus

November 10, 2022

November 10, 2022

By Susan Payne Monkeypox vaccines and treatments have been found to protect against further spread, according to the Los Angeles...

Trixie Mattel and Hundreds of LGBTQ+ Youth Celebrate the 30th Annual Models of Pride

November 10, 2022

November 10, 2022

Event presented by Glamazon L.A.—Amazon’s LGBTQ+ Affinity Group Presented by Glamazon L.A.—Amazon’s LGBTQ+ Affinity Group, the 30th anniversary Models of...