Guy Benson: I'm Gay...Conservative...So What?

"My orientation is only one part of the story."

Political editor of the conservative website Townhall, Guy Benson slams the Left’s belief that they are "entitled" to certain groups’ votes in the new Prager University video "I'm Gay...Conservative...So What?" The conservative movement, says Benson, is far more open-minded than the supposedly tolerant Left.

"I'm a Christian, a patriotic American, and a free-market, shrink-the-government conservative… who also happens to be gay," says Benson. "What I mean by that is my values define me, while my sexual orientation sometimes feels more like … well, a footnote. Literally, in fact. I 'came out' as gay in a footnote in my book, 'End of Discussion.'"

He explains, "When it comes to my political beliefs, my orientation is only one part of the story. It’s not the totality of who I am. Some unimaginative leftists like to claim that this qualifies me as a 'self-hating' gay person. This is so boring. That intellectual laziness only underscores my point. Far too often, people are sorted by their gender, or their skin color, or their sexual orientation, or any other immutable characteristic that has nothing to do with ideas or values."

Benson describes how he prefers to spend his day writing about the failures of Obamacare, the need for a strong military and low taxes, rather than getting mired in the identity politics pushed by the Left.

"I'm a conservative because when I think about these issues critically, I usually end up on the right end of the spectrum. It's that simple," he says.

Benson discusses how the conservative movement is more welcoming to diversity than the Left.

"Conservatives are often much more tolerant of dissenting views than those who fancy themselves the torch-carriers of open-mindedness," he says, poking fun at the Left. "Nope. Cross the Left on a hot-button social issue, and you’re out."

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