— Chadwick Moore (@Chadwick_Moore) December 22, 2016
Instapundit links to an article about Chadwick Moore, the gay journalist who changed his political position during the most recent Presidential campaign, and ended up supporting Donald Trump – gasp! Apparently, he was kicked out of Williamsburg gay bar Metropolitan because of his politics, but the bar denies it. According to Page Six:
… the Lorimer Street spot argued on its Facebook page that his unceremonious ejection had nothing to do with Moore’s beliefs, saying, “We understand that your political views do not match ours, but that doesn’t mean you are not welcome here.”
The bar claimed that Moore’s brother “started a fight at our sister bar [Macri Park]” before they arrived at Metropolitan and that’s why they got booted.
Drag queen Alotta McGriddles says she witnessed the alleged fight at Macri Park, saying on Facebook, “If you’re violent and start fights YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INTO ANY BAR regardless of who you voted for.”
But Moore said there was no “fight,” but simply a political disagreement.
This whole political metamorphosis began when the gay journalist wrote a piece covering Milo Yiannopoulos for Out magazine that was not overly critical of the outspoken conservative. In the months that followed, Moore experienced hate on a new level. Not by his opponents, but by his friends. Moore said he was inundated with death threats, hatred, and slander from every angle by so-called tolerant progressives.
He described the type of hate mail he was receiving in The New York Post:
The people who used to greet him with a kiss now turned the other way and shot dirty looks.
Most disconcertingly, it wasn’t just strangers voicing radical discontent. Personal friends of mine — men in their 60s who had been my longtime mentors — were coming at me. They wrote on Facebook that the story was “irresponsible” and “dangerous.” A dozen or so people unfriended me. A petition was circulated online, condemning the magazine and my article. All I had done was write a balanced story on an outspoken Trump supporter for a liberal, gay magazine, and now I was being attacked. I felt alienated and frightened.
“Frostiness spread far beyond the bar, too,” he wrote. “My best friend, with whom I typically hung out multiple times per week, was suddenly perpetually unavailable. Finally, on Christmas Eve, he sent me a long text, calling me a monster, asking where my heart and soul went, and saying that all our other friends are laughing at me.”
That’s when Moore made a sudden discovery: “I realized that, for the first time in my adult life, I was outside of the liberal bubble and looking in. What I saw was ugly, lock step, incurious and mean-spirited.”
It was at that point that Moore began to see that liberalism isn’t the haven of tolerance it’s touted to be and when he finally got tired of being labeled a “traitor,” he realized he had to come out of another closet:
When I was growing up in the Midwest, coming out to my family at the age of 15 was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Today, it’s just as nerve-wracking coming out to all of New York as a conservative. But, like when I was 15, it’s also weirdly exciting.
Moore says he made the switch after talking with Trump supporters and finding them able to engage in “civil discussions” even if he didn’t agree with everything.
“I finally had to admit to myself that I am closer to the right than where the left is today. And, yes, just three months ago, I voted for Hillary Clinton,” Moore said.
Though coming out as a gay conservative has cost him many friendships, Moore says his relationship with his father has vastly improved:
He’s a Republican and a farmer in Iowa, and for years we just didn’t have very much to talk about. But after Trump’s inauguration, we chatted for two hours, bonding over the ridiculousness of lefties. But we also got serious: He told me that he is proud of my writing, and I opened up about my personal life in a way I never had before to him.
Moore found out the hard way that liberals aren’t as open minded as they claim. They will accept any identity you can come up with as long as it isn’t conservative:
I hope to find out that it pays to keep an open mind. And I hope that New Yorkers can be as open-minded and accepting of my new status as a conservative man as they’ve been about my sexual orientation.
I guess maybe the owners of Williamsburg’s gay bar Metropolitan is not as tolerant as they pretend to be.
Hat Tip: Page Six
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