“I’m A Gay New Yorker—And I’m Coming Out As A Conservative.”
While there are still those out there who might not stereotypically expect gays to be on the Right side, people such as Milo Yianopoulos are living proof sexual orientation doesn’t necessarily dictate political stance. Another individual, who was a long-time liberal, had the chance to interview Yianopoulos—but supposed friends and allies were suddenly gone upon reading the interview. Thirty-three-year-old Chadwick Moore has transitioned to conservative country—where true open-mindedness is welcomed.
Out Magazine assigned Moore to sit down with Breitbart.com Editor Milo Yiannopoulos. While Milo himself is homosexual, the gay-community majority considers him an instigator—let alone expressed a great dislike for the Breitbart boy. Twitter has twice removed Yiannopoulos for sparking prejudices against Ghostbusters (remake) actress Leslie Jones. Before getting the straight dope on Yiannopoulos, Moore felt he was just out looking for attention. Nevertheless, as a writer and journalist, Moore was in pursuit of the facts.
Upon the interview being published, Moore received negative reactions on Twitter—100 notifications including trolls calling him “Nazi” and “Islamophobe (poorly backed by a joke picture of Moore in a burka).” (People even sent death threats!) Let it be known Moore is not an Islamophobe. Old friends were attacking him on Facebook, calling the interview “irresponsible” and “dangerous.” In addition to losing Facebook friends, folks incited a petition calling for condemnation of Out Magazine and Moore’s article. All this for a writer presenting a nonpartisan piece—a Trump supporter featured in a gay pro-left publication. (But aren’t liberals supposed to be accepting of all?)
Moore stayed out of sight for a little over a week. When he came up for some figurative air, he hit up one of his Williamsburg-local haunts—a gay bar of which he had been an 11-year patron. But there was something different... More than half the place didn’t even acknowledge his existence. It didn’t stop at the ale house; Moore’s supposed best friend strangely had no time to hang out. It wasn’t until Christmas Eve 2016 that this bestie sent the journalist an elaborate text message, calling him “monster” and asking about the disappearance of Moore’s “heart and soul,” adding his other friends were laughing at him.
“I realized that, for the first time in my adult life, I was outside of the liberal bubble and looking in. What I saw was ugly, lock step, incurious and mean-spirited,” Moore said.
Moore made a second attempt at the bar. While conversing with another local, Moore explained that while he wasn’t for Trump’s wall, he agreed with tightening security along US borders. The fellow local called Moore a Nazi—end of conversation. Moore felt bad but not enough to be silent in his opinions, which he learned were no longer in line with the Left. To his understanding now, if you don’t hate Trump and everything he and his followers stand for, you’re against liberals’ cause.
“It can seem like liberals are actually against free speech if it fails to conform with the way they think. And I don’t want to be a part of that club anymore,” Moore added.
Once upon a time, a gay, educated atheist in New York was synonymous with liberal. However, Moore kept meeting more and more Trump supporters who were open to mature conversations about world issues—he liked it (though he doesn’t agree with everything Trump does).
While Moore isn’t a fan of the travel block and the president’s Cabinet selections, he feels closer to the Right than the contemporary Left. (And Moore voted Clinton for 2017.)
His gravitation toward the Right has immensely improved his relationship with his father, who’s a Republican and Iowa farmer. Upon Trump’s victory, they bonded over the hilarity of Lefty antics. Most importantly, Moore’s father said he was proud of his son and his writing. This enabled Moore to talk more personally with his dad. (What’s more important than family?)
“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. A year ago, this would have been unfathomable to me,” Moore said.
This newfound open-mindedness is proving a positive in Moore’s life thus far. He’s hoping New Yorkers will take a cue from him and accept his changed, political stance the same way they’re accepting of his sexual orientation.