Jim Downs, a writer for the popular LGBT magazine The Advocate, has declared that homosexual billionaire Peter Thiel can’t be gay because he’s a conservative; he just has gay sex.
“Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire who made news this summer for endorsing Donald Trump at the Republican convention, is a man who has sex with other men. But is he gay?” asked Downs. “By the logic of gay liberation, Thiel is an example of a man who has sex with other men, but not a gay man. Because he does not embrace the struggle of people to embrace their distinctive identity.”
Referencing Thiel’s endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his support for conservative and libertarian principles, Downs claims, “In this way, Thiel reaffirmed his own sexual choices — while separating himself from gay identity. His notion that transgender people’s predicament is somehow a distraction effectively rejects the conception of LGBT as a cultural identity that requires political struggle to defend.”
“The gay liberation movement has left us a powerful legacy,” he concluded. “And protecting that legacy requires understanding the meaning of the term ‘gay’ and not using it simply as a synonym for same-sex desire and intimacy”.