The Right Way to Be Gay

What I learned partying with both sides of the GOP's most fabulous rivalry

Illustration by Tomasz Walenta for TIME

This is precisely why Republicans don't like the gays. As soon as you pay them any attention at all: drama! The Log Cabin Republicans--home to gay conservatives since 1977--now have competition from a splinter group, GOProud, as I learned at the GOP Convention in Tampa. And while neither one wanted to say anything negative about the other, they totally did anyway.

The Log Cabin Republicans' event in Tampa was a very nice lunch at Oystercatchers, which, despite its name, is not a lesbian bar but an upscale oceanfront seafood restaurant. Older men in suits ate tiny crab cakes and chatted politely....

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