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[[caption-width-right:265:[[http://www.gocomics.com/tomthedancingbug/2007/10/27/ The new gay stereotype.]]]]

->"''I agree with 95% of the Republican platform. I believe in local government. I'm in favor of individual rights rather than group rights. I believe free markets lead to free people and that the country needs a strong national defense. My life doesn't have to be about being a homosexual. It doesn't have to be entirely about that.''"
-->--'''Congressman Matt Skinner''', ''Series/TheWestWing''

This trope is about homosexual political conservatives, typically in settings where homosexuality and conservatism are at least somewhat incompatible, as they appear in fiction. It's much more common in American than in European media, since [[ValuesDissonance the European brand of conservatism does not necessarily go hand in hand with the religious right]]. Typically this is done for one of the following reasons:
# '''Drama:''' The (assumed) tension between what a gay person should want politically, and the assumed Conservative position on gay rights generally, and perhaps gay marriage in particular.
# '''Polemic:''' The assumption that a gay person can not be conservative without being [[CategoryTraitor a traitor to his gayness]]. This implies that all conservatives are anti-gay, and that all gays have to believe and support the same politics, even on issues that have nothing to do with homosexuality.[[note]]In the US, it is common and even expected for anyone of a historically disadvantaged group -- i.e. anyone ''not'' a straight white male -- to associate with left-wing political parties and causes. This leads to anyone who is part of one or more of these groups but associates with right-wing politics -- or even if they ''are'' left-wing but merely not left-wing ''enough'' -- to get accused of being a CategoryTraitor.[[/note]]
# '''Token:''' Gay conservatives are considered exotic and strange. In a CastFullOfGay, they might be the Token Conservative (and prone to the usual problems with the TokenMinority trope). Like the second form, this one has implications of being a CategoryTraitor.
# '''Defensive:''' This has the precise opposite problem of reason #2. Instead of attacking gay conservatives, these works promote and defend them. The conflicts with conservative ideology and homosexuality are ignored, {{hand wave}}d, or minimized.
# '''Satire''': When conservatives are mocked and satirized, such as a politician who runs on a "traditional family values" platform and publicly decries homosexuality as depraved, despite being [[YouAreWhatYouHate secretly gay]] and getting action on the side. An example thereof may well be an ArmoredClosetGay. This can overlap with #1 or #2.

See also WriterOnBoard and StrawmanPolitical for some of the ways this trope can go bad. Compare BlondeRepublicanSexKitten.

And yes, gay conservatives do in fact [[TruthInTelevision exist in real life]]. NoRealLifeExamplesPlease, however, as this is about their portrayal in fiction.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* An early issue of ''ComicBook/ExMachina'' had Mayor Hundred meet a gay couple, one of whom was a Republican politician. He joked that when, at a young age, he heard about a group of Republicans break party lines to fight for gay rights, he decided then and there he was going to be a Republican.
* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'''s ShowWithinAShow "Republican Party Reservation Compound" seems to be about a cultural reservation for conservatives, who have some trouble living up to their values. To the point of using technology from The City to [[HomosexualReproduction have kids]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Horndog}}'' had one of these in its second issue.

* Played for laughs in the remake of ''Film/TheStepfordWives'': A FlamboyantGay character becomes StraightGay through phlebotinium-related means and becomes a candidate for the Republican party. His friends immediately figure out something's wrong, and that it is his boyfriend, a through-and-through conservative gay, who's behind this. It gets even funnier when the phlebotinum is removed after he gets elected, wherein he reverts to a CampGay completely out of sync with Republican positions.
* Albert Goldman from ''Film/TheBirdcage'' admits to some conservative views, although, this was probably done to put on a show for the Keeleys.
* The Creator/SpikeLee Joint ''Get on the Bus'' has Kyle, a gay, black Republican who essentially faces persecution from all sides. Having fought in the Gulf War, he was intentionally shot by his own platoon because of his sexual orientation ''and'' his race, and at least one other black character in the movie disapproves of him for these specific reasons.
* In ''Long-Term Relationship'', Glenn's boyfriend Adam turns out to be Republican. This is mainly played for laughs and isn't really much of an issue in their relationship. [[spoiler:Well, except for their lousy sex life turning out to be the fault of Republican preconceptions of a "traditional" relationship, but that's resolved in the end by marriage.]]

* A few gay conservatives appear in the ''Literature/TalesOfTheCity'' series, most notably Mabel, the fiercely Reaganite lesbian from ''Significant Others''. It's probably worth noting that author Armistead Maupin himself has said that he was a gay conservative for many years before growing disillusioned with the party's attitudes towards gay people.
* Paul in Redfern Jon Barrett's ''Literature/TheGiddyDeathOfTheGaysAndTheStrangeDemiseOfStraights'': he dislikes other queers who engage in drag and non-monogamy, and is at points overtly sexist.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* This happens in an episode of ''Series/BrothersAndSisters'' as well; the GayConservative in this case is set up on a blind date with a gay liberal, and is not amused by his date's anti-conservatism. Somewhat of AnAesop in this case as the liberal tried to win points with the conservative by bashing Republicans as he assumed all gay men would be receptive to that rhetoric.
* Jack Donaghy from ''Series/ThirtyRock'' announces to his conservative colleagues that he's in love with a Democrat congresswoman, prompting them to stand up and confess their own departures from conservative orthodoxy; one of them reveals that he is gay, and another reveals that he is [[CaptainObvious black]].
* On ''Series/{{Coupling}}'', Jane goes on a "date" with a gay man who turns out to be a big UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher supporter, causing liberal Sally to spout "How dare you say that. You're gay! You're on our side!"
** In the short-lived American version, the gay man was explicitly a Republican.
* In an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'', a man being questioned by the detectives mentions that he knew the victim through an association of gay conservatives. When the detectives look at him in disbelief, the man replies "You don't have to be straight to believe in a sound fiscal policy."
* Leon, Roseanne Connor's [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic, condescending]] ex-boss and future business partner in ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', is a gay Republican (though he apparently admires Hillary Clinton.)
** Later, her mother Bev, also conservative, comes out. [[spoiler:In the finale, Rosanne reveals that it's not her mother but actually her sister who is gay]].
* In one episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'', Josh spends the entire episode debating gay issues with Republican Congressman Matt Skinner. At the end of the episode, Skinner tells Josh to stop beating around the bush, and ask the question he really wants to know: how Skinner can be gay and a Republican. The answer is that the Congressman agrees with the conservative stance on most issues, with gay issues being an exception. He also indicates that he hopes to change Republican attitudes toward gays by being a good soldier. However, he doesn't tolerate disrespectful actions of some of his party members. When the majority leader (who Josh had cited as an active example of what he sees as the homophobia inherent in the Republican party) smarmily tries to patronize him with a pat on the back and a "Good job, Congressman" -- only for Skinner to give him the evil eye and snap back, "Take your hand off my shoulder, Congressman."
* The [[TransparentCloset transparently closeted]] Beverly Leslie from ''Series/WillAndGrace'' is a Republican.
* Sharon Tyler in ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'' is a conservative lawyer and closeted lesbian whose sexuality and political position is usually played for laughs - up until network interference came into play and canned her storyline from the last few episodes.
--> "So, how long have you been using the Republican party as a lesbian dating service?"
* An episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' during the 1988 George H. W. Bush-Michael Dukakis presidential election had a sketch called "The Gay Communist Gun Club", where the hosts basically shot down potential members for not meeting all three criteria (gay, communist and love guns). At the end, they endorsed Bush as their presidential candidate.
-->"While he didn't meet all of our criteria, we figured two out of three wasn't bad."
* Creator/StephenColbert's [[StrawmanPolitical right-wing political pundit persona]] in ''Series/TheColbertReport'' is [[TransparentCloset played as a thinly repressed homosexual]].
* On ''Series/{{Smash}}'' Tom's boyfriend John Goodwin is a conservative lawyer. Tom finds this when he has a fundraiser for a conservative state representative.
* Made for TV Movie ''Film/CitizenCohn'' is a biopic of high powered, [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar McCarthy-Era]] conservative lawyer, Roy Cohn, a closeted gay who eventually died of AIDS, while denying he had it to the end. As close to real life as we can get here.
* [[spoiler:Sullivan St. James and Cyrus Beene]] on ''Series/{{Scandal}}''.
** Subverted in one episode where a Republican political candidate is plagued by rumors that he is gay. Olivia points out that his chances of winning will actually improve if he comes out because the uncertainty is costing him more votes than being openly gay would. In the end it turns out that [[spoiler: he is straight and has been having an affair with his brother's wife for the last ten years]].
* In an episode of ''Series/TheNewsroom'', Will interviews a homosexual man who is a senior member of Rick Santorum's staff as part of an attempt to paint Santorum as a bully and a homophobe. It backfires rather spectacularly, with the man making an emotional statement that he is more than his sexual orientation and agrees with Santorum on every other subject. However, as with ''Series/TheWestWing'' example above, Will still gets in one last question to underline the point that Santorum is, in Aaron Sorkin's view, a homophobe.
* In ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', Marcia Langman's husband Marshall is CampGay despite both of them being part of Pawnee's MoralGuardian brigade. He seems to be a parody of Republican U.S. congresswoman Michelle Bachmann's husband Marcus, who is rumored to be gay despite running a gay curing camp.
* In the latter seasons of ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', Angela marries a US Republican senator whom Oscar immediately realizes is gay. Oscar and the senator have an affair before he comes out on national television [[spoiler: simultaneously divorcing Angela and leaving Oscar for another man]]
** In a deleted scene [[spoiler: the senator also states that he'll be switching to the Democratic party, as opposed to helping make the Repuplicans look more gay-friendly]]
** In addition, Oscar Nunez (his actor) has referred to Oscar as being a Log Cabin Republican, though there is no mention of this on the show.
* ''Series/TheFamily'': Willa, who's a closeted lesbian and Republican.
* ''Series/TheGoodWife'': In a mock trial of a wedding planner refusing to work for a gay couple on religious grounds, Lockhart brings in one of conservative activist R.D.'s relatives to play the plaintiff. This relative is gay, a political conservative, and even Christian.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': One episode deals with a murder connected to a conservative high-society family. A gay member of the family told the BodyOfTheWeek that he was her father in order to shield his nephew from scandal during a Senate run.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Chase Talbott, radio co-host (and former partner) of gay liberal Mark Slackmeyer in ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}''.
* Cynthia of ''ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor'', a lesbian example. While initially a conservative student of Ginger's who would frequently argue with her in class, her struggle to find a place to fit in (her ultra-religious parents freaked out when she came out, and "the Republican group on campus thinks I'm a perv, and the gay group thinks I'm a traitor!") was explored more in-depth.
** Earlier strips also touched on [[SoapboxSadie Mo]] being unable to accept that there could possibly be gay conservatives. While Cynthia was the first actual conservative in the cast, her girlfriend Sydney was enough of a materialist and capitalist to be a foil for the highly principled Mo.
** At one point, Cynthia says "I wanted to join the Rainbow Republicans, but they were only * fiscal* conservatives".
* In a strip from the gay comic ''ComicStrip/TheMostlyUnfabulousSocialLifeOfEthanGreen'', there's a Gay Republican at brunch, who, though handsome, annoys everyone with his political insights. Someone suggests that he might like to take up mime.
* In ''ComicStrip/TomTheDancingBug'', [[http://www.gocomics.com/tomthedancingbug/2007/10/27/ this strip]] argues that the "new gay stereotype" for men is middle-aged, married, conservative, and ArmouredClosetGay.

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* In ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'', two of the main male characters are gay Republicans (one is based on RealLife political figure Roy Cohn). Both are in the closet and struggle with their identity but end up in very different places.
** Louis is rather surprised (and amused) to discover that Joe is a Republican during their first discussion, scoffing "Well, oh, boy. A gay Republican." Joe, still incredibly far in the closet, is taken aback by the assessment.
* Rod of ''Theatre/AvenueQ'', a closeted gay Republican investment banker. The musical doesn't expound on his political views so much as Republican is just... part of his personality. The writers of the show said they actually received mail from gay Republican investment bankers who loved the character and in some cases, were in the closet themselves so Rod gave them inspiration.
** This gets aggravated when Rod goes to Christmas Eve to ask about [[IHaveThisFriend his "friend"]] who has trouble coming out of the closet. Eve tells him everything should be fine, up until Rod tells her that this "friend" is a Republican investment banker, to which she replies: [[AsianRudeness tell your friend he should stay in the closet! He no good to anybody!"]]
* There is a character who fits this trope description in the play ''Theatre/TheNormalHeart''. That play was produced in 1985.
* The revue "Infinite Joy," which consists of William Finn compositions not used in his other shows (such as ''Theatre/TheTwentyFifthAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee''), has a song titled "Republicans" about a man having sex with a gay conservative.
--> To be in bed and screwing a Republican
--> Is damned unappealing, but I can't help but feeling that it's nice to have the roles reversed.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', one of the [[ShowWithinAShow in-game TV channels]] has a highly {{Anvilicious}} cartoon called ''Republican Space Rangers'' that takes all of the jingoism and militarism of the [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Bush]] administration and applies it to a bunch of {{Space Marine}}s killing aliens for shits and giggles. They are revealed to have gay affections for each other while taking time off in their spaceship.
** There is also politician [[StrawCharacter Bryce Dawkins]], who, despite the fact that he built his career on family values and anti-gay legislation and is married with children, has a romantic relationship with Niko's friend, [[FlamboyantGay Bernie Crane]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Heather, the lesbian right-wing folk singer from ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare''.
* Meighan in ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'', both lesbian and an avid supporter of George W. Bush.
* ''Politically Inqueerect'' is about a pair of these. Most of the humor comes from the fact that they're an OddCouple rather than the fact that they're conservatives, though.
* ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'' had an arc in which Penny was contemplating what could happen in her future. One of them involved her being in a relationship with Aggie, who had changed from a super-liberal to a conservative in that time.
* Robin in the ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' universe is a Congresswoman running on a conservative, "family values" platform but obviously still attracted to Leslie like her ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' self was. Of course, it's pretty obvious she doesn't actually ''believe'' anything she says, she's just a SleazyPolitician saying whatever will get her votes. [[spoiler: This ends up biting her in the ass when she's caught in an awkward position with Leslie, and then hid at her house during the media furor: the Republican Party withdrew their endorsement of her. (To add insult to injury, she's less popular than a ''rapist''.) So far, what few Patreon strips that featured her show her still in Congress but it's unclear right now what ramifications this has for her.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Danny Brady from ''Literature/ShadowUnit'' is a Log Cabin Republican.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_21129_5-shocking-ways-society-still-doesnt-understand-gay-people.html This]] ''{{WebSite/Cracked}}'' article, co-written by a lesbian, mentions this among the expectations that the gay community has for its members.
* Geri, a character on the lesbian web series ''3Way'', really hates flag-burners. Of course, that doesn't necessarily make her a conservative, but it's still hardly the sort of thing you'd expect to hear a gay character admitting.
* Fundie Monster in the Youtube puppet series ''Opinion-Ville''. He's a fundamentalist creationist Christian and the go-to conservative character among the main cast, and after some brief angst becomes proudly and openly gay.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode had Stan unknowingly join the Log Cabins. And featured the musical number [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/26846/american-dad-were-red-and-were-gay "We're Red and We're Gay."]]
-->''Jeff and Paul like hot pectorals''\\
''And good old fashioned Christian morals''\\
''Hey hey hey hey''\\
''We're red and we're gay!''\\
''It's true we can't wed''\\
''But we support the Fed''\\
''We like each other's butts''\\
''And big old spending cuts''\\
''We like to pack fudge and heat''
** This becomes a double subversion when Stan finds out that [[spoiler: Greg Corbin hasn't come out to his partner, Terry Bates, as a ''Republican''. ]]
* The short lived cartoon ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakshow}}'' had one of these; Log Cabin Republican was a gay Republican, which is why he was part of the traveling freakshow. When agitated, he would turn into the incredibly powerful and incredibly gay Burly Bear.
* Log Cabin Republicans have been referenced in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. A pink elephant balloon is floating through town and we cut to the Log Cabins discussing what their logo should be- "Something that says we're gay ''and'' Republican!"- just as the pink elephant floats in. "A little on the nose, don't you think?"
** They also give away "A gay president in 2084" bumper stickers ("We're realistic").
** Waylon Smithers is a weird example. The idea that he was gay grew out of his loyalty to ultra-conservative Mr. Burns, but it wasn't clear if he was gay or just "[[SingleTargetSexuality Burns-sexual]]," (he was shown getting mad at one-shot character John for stiffing him on a date). Although he supported Mr. Burns (technically NoPartyGiven but obviously Republican) in his run for Governor, he sabotaged Sideshow Bob's run for Mayor due to conflicts with his "choice of lifestyle" (a phraseology which itself is generally associated with anti-gay conservatism). Later seasons make it clear that he is gay with Burns being his main crush but he still has flings with other homosexual like Professor Largo, and his political affiliation isn't clear.
** Burns is technically No Party Given when he's running, but when Sideshow Bob is running, Burns is explicitly Republican, so we can backdate that.
* {{Downplayed|Trope}} on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' with [[DepravedHomosexual Mr. Garrison]]. At times he's been ArmoredClosetGay and a BoomerangBigot, though even in episodes after that he's shown as being one of the town's conservatives; he was a [=McCain=] supporter in "About Last Night" and ran for president as a Creator/DonaldTrump parody in season 19 (with CaitlynJenner as his running mate?!) Any disconnect between his sexuality and his politics goes unmentioned.
** Although, when he campaigned against gay marriage (during the seasons when he was a {{Transsexual}} woman), his main motivation was to just keep his ex-lover, Mr. Slave, from getting hitched with somebody else.
** Furthermore, as Chef tells us, there's a big difference between being gay and being Mr. Garrison. It's indicitive that Mr. Garrison's issues are unique to him.
** Big Gay Al shows some [[WriterOnBoard right-libertarian tendencies]]. One episode revolves around his efforts to be a scoutmaster in the [[LawyerFriendlyCameo Mountain Scouts]]. When the boys sue the Scouts to have their anti-gay policy overturned, Al stops the suit as it's on the point of victory--because he feels that the Scouts should be able to decide who their scoutmasters are, even if their policy is wrongheaded. Of course, as this was the libertarian show creators engaging in an AuthorTract (although libertarians are not conservatives in the traditional sense of the word).
* On ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether,'' the show gets a negative review by an ''EntertainmentWeekly'' writer who happens to be a part of every group that the show has made fun of. As a result she is conservative, lesbian ''and'' [[BoomerangBigot homophobic]].
* Clay Puppington on ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' is more bisexual, but is extremely conservative to compensate (as is everyone in Moralton).

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