Why I’m Continuing My Advisory Role with GOProud

Written by Lotus on Sunday, 11 of December , 2011 at 12:35 pm

This week was a reminder of how quickly one group’s good works can be wiped away in people’s minds after a bad decision. Members of GOProud’s leadership responded inappropriately to an issue that is very personal to them. From the beginning their most vitriolic critics have been the left, not the right. Every day they fight against the accusations that they are just paid shills with no principles. As I told The Daily Caller, I don’t believe they intentionally meant to “out” someone. I do believe they wanted to expose what they believed to be hypocrisy. I told them from the beginning that I disagreed with using Twitter so impulsively and with their choice of words to deliver that message. They messed up.

Over the last year I’ve gotten to know Chris Barron, the chairman of GOProud, and Jimmy LaSalvia, the executive director of GOProud. I was honored when they asked me to join the board and I’m honored to consider them friends. When friends get off track I don’t leave them. I stick by them and help them get back on the right track.

I respect that other members of the board have come to a different decision. They must do what they believe is right. I want to help GOProud refocus its message, do substantive events and activities, and repair their relationships with members of the conservative movement. When Jimmy assured me that they share these goals I decided to remain on the GOProud board.

The next several months will be important for GOProud’s future. I believe that Jimmy and Chris truly want to continue their mission of reaching out to gay conservatives and their allies. They have acknowledged to me that mistakes were made this week and that they want to move forward. For that, they still have my friendship and my advice to help make them stronger.

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LOTUS lives in Northern Virginia. NOTE: The views expressed on LOTUS blog are the author’s alone. Organizations listed on this blog are for identification purposes only.