Meghan McCain, daughter of Senator John McCain, says the Republican Party needs to broaden its appeal to include gay men and lesbians.

The 24-four-year-old Republican is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech at the Log Cabin Republican's annual convention that begins Thursday in Washington D.C. Log Cabin is the gay Republican group being challenged as “too left” by nascent group GOProud.

“Of all the causes I believe in and speak publicly about, this is one of the ones closest to my heart,” McCain writes in an editorial titled Memo to the GOP: Go Gay at Tina Brown's online publication The Daily Beast.

McCain says opposition to gay marriage and anti-gay rhetoric are two issues that leave gays feeling unwelcome in the Republican tent. A tent, she says, she aims to make more gay friendly.

“I am determined to build a more-inclusive GOP not by making us 'sound' more inclusive, but by doing it. And I know people are out there waiting for it to happen. ... If the Republican Party has any hope of gaining substantial support from a wider, younger base, we need to get past our anti-gay rhetoric.”

But Washington Blade Editor Kevin Naff finds McCain's newly-found gay advocacy “problematic” and questions its timing.

“It's easy to adopt these 'progressive' stances when the campaign is over and you're looking for a provocative gimmick to get yourself booked on Larry King and The View,” writes Naff in an editorial titled Responding to Meghan McCain.

Naff adds that McCain declined several invitations to speak on gay issues during the presidential campaign.

“[W]hen Meghan's pro-gay views might have mattered, she was silent, much like Steve Schmidt, the McCain campaign's chief strategist who recently told the Blade that he too favors same-sex marriage rights.”

Both Schmidt and McCain are scheduled to appear at the Log Cabin convention.