Leading LGBT magazine argues Peter Thiel isn’t gay because he endorsed Donald Trump

Leading LGBT magazine argues Peter Thiel isn’t gay because he endorsed Donald Trump

Leading gay magazineThe Advocate ran an op-ed arguing that Paypal founder and libertarian Peter Thiel is not actually gay because he endorsed Donald Trump for president.

“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?” opens the editorial, by Connecticut College professor of history Jim Downs.

“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 argues.

He continues, arguing that to be “gay” means to buy into the subculture that emerged from the Stonewall Riots and the gay rights movement of the 1970’s. “By the logic of gay liberation, Thiel is an example of a man who has sex with other men, but not a gay man, because he does not embrace the struggle of people to embrace their distinctive identity…” Downs writes.

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