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In the gay and liberal communities in particular, he is a provocative and loathed figure, and I knew featuring him in such a liberal publication would get negative attention.He has been repeatedly kicked off Twitter for, among other things, reportedly inciting racist, sexist bullying of “Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones.
Today, it’s just as nerve-wracking coming out to all of New York as a conservative.
But, like when I was 15, it’s also weirdly exciting.
A petition was circulated online, condemning the magazine and my article. Finally, I decided to go out to my local gay bar in Williamsburg, where I’ve been a regular for 11 years.
All I had done was write a balanced story on an outspoken Trump supporter for a liberal, gay magazine, and now I was being attacked. I ordered a drink but nothing felt the same; half the place — people with whom I’d shared many laughs — seemed to be giving me the cold shoulder.
It used to be that if you were a gay, educated atheist living in New York, you had no choice but to be liberal.
But as I met more Trump supporters with whom I was able to have engaging, civil discussions about issues that impact us all, I realized that I like these people — even if I have some issues with Trump himself.
For example, I don’t like his travel ban or the cabinet choices he’s made.
But I finally had to admit to myself that I am closer to the right than where the left is today.
I’ve made some new friends and also lost some who refuse to speak to me.
I’ve come around on Republican pundit Ann Coulter, who I now think is smart and funny and not a totally hateful, self-righteous bigot.
Still, I returned to the bar a few nights later — I don’t give up easily — and hit it off with a stranger.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating