In the land of Goldwater, the gay conservatives are coming together. Our fledgling group had its first meeting this past Sunday afternoon and evening at Lux Coffeehouse in Phoenix. And it was a smashing success.
We aren’t sure what to call ourselves yet. But we’re hoping the concept will take off, and that groups will form around the country. There were only four of us at the initial gathering — though two more showed up and, because the place was so crowded, couldn’t find us. They say they will be back, though. And at least a few more have already expressed an interest.
Actually, our group is for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender conservatives and libertarians, as well as our straight allies. We want to make it as inclusive as possible. What we want to avoid is entanglements with Leftists — whom we see plenty of, and hear too much from, elsewhere. We all have liberals we love, but we intend to keep our group one where we can discuss politics and life without the static we encounter just about everywhere else GLBT conservatives and libertarians attempt to express themselves.
If you’re of like mind, and you’re interested, please join us! We’ve decided to make Lux our regular gathering-place for the time being, because though it’s noisy and crowded, the food is excellent — they even serve full meals — and the staff is helpful and very friendly.
The most interesting thing about our group, thus far, is that we are all women. And all the others are younger than me. I would never have expected this. When I told liberal gay friends what I was planning to try to get together, they grumped that we would get nothing but grouchy old farts. Farts, in their parlance, being male. They are wrong about many things, and boy, were they wrong about that!
(They were wrong, dear gentle reader, that we would all be male. I think they were also wrong that we would be farts.)
I don’t know why we’re all female thus far. Nor can I say, for sure, why so many are young. Beyond the four Founding Mothers, we do hope to collect a large group, including men and other women of all ages. Another interesting feature is that we all used to be “progressives.” There’s a study here somewhere.
We do all share a fondness for the late-night FOX show, Red Eye. And for Monty Python and science fiction. I’m loving this group already!
Sometime within the coming week, we plan on going together to see the movie, Iron Lady, with Meryl Streep. From time to time, I will send a shout-out on this blog for more members. I have the feeling that we are embarking upon a wonderful adventure.
Watch this space for more…