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Tammy Bruce takes leadership role in gay GOP group

In the run-up to the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference, the gay Republican group GOProud got into a protracted tiff with some social conservatives. GOProud wanted to co-sponsor the event. Liberty Counsel, a legal group founded by Jerry Falwell, promised to boycott if that happened. In the end GOProud won out, Liberty Counsel bolted, and conservative activist Ryan Sorba won short-lived infamy for condemning GOProud from the CPAC stage.

The longer-lived aftermath of the kerfuffle came when Tammy Bruce, a popular lesbian conservative radio host, invited GOProud on her show to discuss all of this. Today, GOProud announced that Bruce will be the first chair of the group's Advisory Council -- I've put the statement below the fold.

This move actually represents a small shift in GOProud's issue stances. The group has come under fire from anti-gay marriage groups like the National Organization for Marriage; Bruce has generally been supportive of the fight for "traditional marriage," while criticizing Republicans who want to enshrine that definition of marriage in the Constitution.

Today, GOProud, the only national organization of gay conservatives and their allies, announced that best selling author and national radio talk show host Tammy Bruce will chair the group’s newly formed Advisory Council. “Tammy Bruce is one of the most influential voices in the conservative movement today,” said Christopher Barron, Chairman of GOProud’s Board. “We are honored to have her as part of the GOProud team.”

“At this critical time in our nation’s history, it’s time for all conservatives, including gay conservatives, to offer our solutions for the problems facing our country,” said Bruce. “I am proud to join GOProud in providing a voice for gay conservatives in our national dialog.”

GOProud’s Avisory Council will be made up of prominent conservative leaders in the media, public-policy and politics who will serve as a resource for GOProud’s Board and staff. Barron said, “The addition the Advisory Council as a part of GOProud’s leadership structure will allow us to draw on the talent and expertise of prominent conservative leaders from a variety of backgrounds to help us to advance our mission.”

Tammy Bruce, an openly gay independent conservative, is the host of “The Tammy Bruce Show,” a Fox News Channel Political Analyst, and the author of 3 books, including the New York Times best seller “The Death of Right and Wrong.” She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Tammy became the first openly gay woman on mainstream talk radio in the country when her show launched in 1993; and with her association with Fox News, which began in 2005, Tammy became the first openly gay woman on television, either broadcast or cable, presenting regular political commentary.

Her complete bio can be found here.

In addition to Bruce, Barron said that additional members will join the Advisory Council in the coming weeks. “We continue to gain momentum and grow our organization, and look forward to announcing additional Advisory Council additions soon,” he concluded.

By David Weigel  |  May 5, 2010; 2:09 PM ET
Categories:  Conservatives  
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