Gay GOP group GOProud has invited real estate mogul Donald Trump to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which opened Thursday.

Trump accepted a last-minute invitation to address the crowd on the convention's opening day at 3PM.

“We wanted Mr. Trump at CPAC because no one can better articulate the conservative economic solutions that this country needs than Donald Trump,” GOProud Chairman Christopher Barron told the New York Times. “As the party and the conservative movement turn their attention to 2012, we need powerful voices for common sense conservative fiscal policies.”

Trump, who is considering a bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, will also sit down with GOProud in the afternoon.

Barron told The Hill that his group is urging CPAC attendees to vote for Trump in the CPAC straw poll.

In an early morning appearance on MSNBC, Barron fired back at social conservatives boycotting CPAC because of their presence.

He suggested the groups were being disingenuous in claiming that they were avoiding CPAC over policy issues.

“The reason why Tony, Joseph Farah, the World Net Daily crowd, the extreme fringe of the conservative movement, the reason why they aren't participating has nothing to do with policy at all, it's because we happen to be gay,” Barron told host Andrea Mitchell.

Conservative celebrity and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on Wednesday told Fox News she was OK with GOProud's co-sponsorship of the event.