Following the attack on a gay nightclub by a radicalized Muslim born of Afghani refugees, more and more members of the LGBT community have begun to speak out about the Left's deadly refusal to face the anti-LGBT tenets of Islamists — and warm up to the idea of a President Donald Trump. But some of those bold enough to challenge the Left's "diversity" narrative, have also voiced how "dangerous" coming out in support of Trump can be for gays.
"It's easy to come out of the closet. It's dangerous to come out as a Trump supporter," gay, 27-year-old ex-Marine Eric told NBC OUT.
Like many other LGBT voters daring to counter the politically correct narrative, Eric, a member of the group "LGBTrump," told NBC he fears "doxxing," the publication of someone's personal info online — part of the reason he opted not to provide his last name to the outlet.
"It's easy to come out of the closet. It's dangerous to come out as a Trump supporter."
Eric, gay Marine Corps veteran
"When you put your name out on a national level as supporting someone who attracts that much vitriol and disgust, you're putting yourself up for doxxing," said Eric. "Especially for someone like me who's considered a 'traitor.'"
Eric was not the only LGBT voter to cite the "dangers" of coming out for Trump, "a number" of gay men who have now chosen to back Trump spoke to the outlet about how difficult it's been to openly support the Republican presumptive nominee.
One of those was Juan Hernandez, a gay Latino Log Cabin Republicans member, who made headlines after getting attacked by anti-Trump protesters in San Jose. Images of his bloodied face and close went viral in the wake of the chaotic riot.
Trump's relationship with the gay community and seemingly increasing appeal is something Democrats are desperate to downplay. Despite their best efforts at painting him as somehow anti-LGBT, Trump has repeatedly shown himself to be socially liberal and sympathetic to the gay rights agenda.
Since the jihadist attack on Pulse nightclub, Trump has consistently voiced solidarity with the gay community, pledging to defend them more effectively than Hillary Clinton against radical Islamic violence.
"I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs," Trump declared to the LGBT community Tuesday, a theme he has hit a number of times in speeches since the massacre.
Trump has had a strong relationship with the New York gay community, has never said anything to indicate that he is anti-LGBT, and he has even signaled that he sympathizes with the transgender bathroom movement, though his official position is that states should be free to choose how to handle it.
"He's the most pro-gay nominee that the party has ever had for president," concludes Log Cabin Repbulicans President Gregory T. Angelo, according to NBC.
A recent poll found that 84 percent of LGBT likely voters said they preferred Clinton over Trump. Will Trump's ramped up LGBT outreach and the Orlando attack be enough to convince enough to make the "dangerous" move of crossing the political line? Probably not, but for those that do, it will be a fascinating case study in leftist media spin.