Gays for Trump founder Peter Boykin on
Monday announced his campaign for a North Carolina House seat.
Boykin is running as a Republican in
his bid to unseat incumbent state Representative Amos Quick, an
African-American Democrat who serves the 58th district.
Quick was first elected to the North Carolina House of
Representatives in 2015.
“I've been telling people that in
order to make change in the GOP and make sure we are making America
great again we have to get involved,” Boykin
City Beat. “It's important that we get involved in
midterms when voting is so low.”
Boykin and his husband David Smith, who
is African-American, followed President Donald Trump as he
campaigned for the White House. At campaign rallies, they would wear
Make America Great Again hats and rainbow-colored “Gays for Trump”
Boykin is organizing this weekend's
second annual March 4 Trump in Washington. Last June, he hosted the
Raleigh March Against Sharia, which was organized by Act for America.
The group is described as an “anti-Muslim hate group” by the
Southern Poverty law Center.
Boykin told Triad City Beat that
he's not disappointed in Trump's record on LGBT issues, including the
president's proposed ban on transgender troops, which has been
temporarily blocked by courts.
“It was more of an economic thing to
make sure the military didn't pay for the transgender surgeries,
which are elective,” he said.