Chris Barron, chairman of gay GOP group
GOProud, has suggested lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are
not part of the gay community.
an appearance Friday on Fox News' early morning talk show Red
Eye, Barron mocked a viewer's question that included the
inclusive term LGBT, which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and
“Will a gay Republican ever be truly
accepted in the LGBT community? Will Bill?” a viewer messaged the
show on Twitter, a reference to host Bill Schulz.
Barron complained, “Why do I get the
gay question?” then added: “Yeah, I think a Republican will be
accepted in the gay community. I don't know about the LGBTQI
whatever community. I don't think Bill's ever going to be accepted.”
He later added: “They're adding
letters to [it] I don't even understand anymore.”
Earlier this month, GOProud stirred
controversy in announcing that celebrity conservative and author Ann
Coulter had joined its advisory council and been given the title “gay
icon.” Coulter is best known for calling former Senator John
Edwards a “faggot” during his 2008 bid for the White House.