Peter Thiel

The individual claiming to be Peter Thiel appeared at the National Press Club on Monday shortly after donating $1.25 million to the Trump campaign. It is a persona that was meticulously honed by Thiel over decades. It is his heterosexual substitute and was crafted not only to confound others but to fool its creator into believing that he is not gay. It makes decisions first based upon how it affects the apparent sexuality of its author as perceived by others. Thiel can no longer help himself. The persona is in control. It supports Trump. It even makes contributions to the anti-gay orthodox Catholic Acton Institute. The real Thiel died of homophobia when he was a small boy.

It must be so. It must be so because no gay man could support a candidate who wants to roll back marriage equality to be subject to approval by the individual states. Trump even selected a running mate who once tried to divert funds from AIDS treatment to gay conversion “therapy.” It must be so because Trump has promised a Supreme Court filled with people like the late Antonin Scalia. Trump even supports North Carolina’s LGBT hate law — HB2.

Every now and then, after intense negotiations, a neurotic Peter Thiel and his persona allow the gay to play. How else could anyone explain GoProud?

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.