So goes the Left's pretzel logic: You aren't black enough, Latino enough, feminist enough or gay enough if you don't share my twisted liberal ideology.
Writing for the prominent LGBT publication, The Advocate, author Jim Downs claims that Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel is "not a gay man" because he supports Donald Trump. Downs' logic is that Thiel simply engages in "gay sex" but because he is not toeing the progressive "gay liberation movement" line, he is not an authentically gay person.
Prepare to enter the warped mind of Downs as you read his "logic":
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?
That question might seem narrow, but it is actually raises a broad and crucial distinction we must make in our notions of sexuality, identity, and community.
Since the Paleolithic Age, people have had sex with people of the same gender. But the notion that this made someone “homosexual” or “gay” was a relatively recent phenomenon in human history.
Downs goes on to give a tedious chronology of when, "beginning in the late 19th century, doctors, sexologists, and others began to argue that same-sex sex created the category of sexual orientation" as a means of discrediting Thiel's sexuality. Downs adds that "the idea of being gay as a distinct cultural identity is now under new pressures:"
That brings us to Peter Thiel. At the convention in Cleveland in July, Thiel was the first person in the history of the party to declare his homosexuality on stage to an audience of people who have historically opposed same-sex marriage, among other LGBT rights.
Some Republicans and media portrayed Thiel’s statement as progress: The party had embraced an out gay man, and the convention had reflected the diverse ideological identities of LGBT Americans. But his statement also challenged that 1970s notion of a gay identity.
By the logic of gay liberation, Thiel is an example of a man who has sex with other men, but not a gay man.
I am sure Thiel is relieved to have the "tolerant Left" illuminate him on the truth of his sexual identity.