In 2009, conservative activists Chris Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia saw a need for an organization to represent and educate gay Americans interested in free market principles, limited government and individual freedom. The organization has grown in to one that represents gays and their allies, building coalitions within the conservative movement and doing all they can to advance conservative and libertarian candidates. GOProud was the first national gay organization to endorse Mitt Romney in the 2012election. They also ran a popular ad in the 2010 mid-term election against Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer. Pollster Frank Luntz called it “one of the best in the cycle” and featured it during a focus group segment on “Hannity.”
GOProud has amassed many allies on the right who served on their Board of Directors and Advisory Council, including Ann Coulter, Grover Norquist, Bruce Carroll, the late Andrew Breitbart, and Margaret Hoover. Earlier this year I was honored to be elected the interim chair of the board.
Barron serves as chief strategist for the organization. He writes for several websites on sports and politics, and regularly appears on Fox News’ “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld.” His next appearance is tonight. (Full disclosure: I am the “godmother” of his three dogs, Hali, Winchester and Augustine.)
LaSalvia serves as executive director of the organization. He regularly represents the organizations’ members and allies on Huffington Post Live, “Fox and Friends” and on college campuses.
While some conservatives may lament the pervasiveness of “identity politics,” we have to acknowledge that there are several groups of people who feel the conservative message and movement isn’t open to them. GOProud has made huge strides in promoting free market ideas and bringing new voters into the movement.
Each week the De Pasquale's Dozen asks political figures and free market-minded writers and entertainers to take a break from politics and talk about their pop culture obsessions.
1. If there were a television channel that showed only one movie over and over, what movie should it be?
BARRON: Sordid Lives
LASALVIA: Sordid Lives
2. What’s one of your favorite movie quotes?
BARRON: “It takes a big man to admit when he is wrong, and I am NOT a big man” – Fletch Lives
LASALVIA: Gloria Upson in Auntie Mame- "You could practically write a whole book about what happened to me."
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