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Rep. West Angry Over Being Dropped From Speaking Gig, Calls Planned LGBT Boycott ‘Intolerable’

By Zack Ford  

"Rep. West Angry Over Being Dropped From Speaking Gig, Calls Planned LGBT Boycott ‘Intolerable’"

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Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is not happy that the Wilton Manors Business Association has uninvited him from speaking at their upcoming meeting. The group’s businesses faced a boycott from the community’s prominent LGBT population because of West’s history of anti-gay rhetoric. In a formal letter on House stationary, West agrees with the Sun Sentinel editorial board that “intolerance [of his intolerance] is intolerable”:

The Sun Sentinel editorial, “Gay group wrong to demand business association disinvites Allen West,” stated, with regard to the Floriday Gay, Lesbian, Transgender Democratic Caucus, “intolerance is intolerable, and that’s why pressure on a Wilton Manors business group to disinvite a member of Congress is misguided.” [...]

In these very tough economic times, I find it intolerable that the Florida Gay, Lesbian, Transgender Democratic Caucus would call upon a boycott to hurt small business owners trying to earn a living and only wanting to better be informed about business related issues from their Member of Congress. Clearly, we have learned who really are the intolerable individuals in South Florida.

Association President Celeste Ellich said yesterday there was concern that the expected protest and counter-protest of West’s appearance wouldn’t have been safe and small businesses would have suffered from the boycott.

Given his history of homophobic rhetoric, West’s condemnation of the Wilton Manors LGBT community may not be limited to its decision to boycott his appearance. He has suggested that the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will lead gay soldiers (who he says can “change their behavior“) to “break down the military.” He also has said “the term ‘gay marriage’ is an oxymoron,” and he fired an intern who had retweeted a pro-gay message in response to Tracy Morgan’s homophobic rant. If West is going to repeatedly use the word “intolerable” to put down others, perhaps he should consider his own intolerance for people who are gay and lesbian.

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