One Equal World

Is Tisei a sign that the US is getting more tolerant?

Posted on: April 26, 2012

Richard Tisei, is a bit of a touchstone.  Not everyone is sure how they feel about him and his candidacy.  But there are are quite a few Republicans who are excited about his campaign, mostly because if he was elected Tisei would be the first Republican who has come out as openly gay before being elected to Congress.  There are many Republicans who would like to the party shift to the left on social issues like LGBT rights and equality and thus welcome him with open arms.


Of course, Tisei himself is using that excitement as a selling point.  “There are a lot of Republicans who want to see the party head in a different direction,” Tisei said in a telephone interview with  He even argues that the only way to forward the cause is to elect people like him: “You can’t have equality unless you have people on both sides of the aisle who are advocates.”


He is indeed gathering supporters at the very least.    To date, Tisei has collected approximately $660,000 in the first six months of his campaign and says that he has approximately  $450,000 in cash on hand. On April 12thKen Mehlman, President George W. Bush’s campaign manager in 2004 and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee hosted a large fundraiser for Tisei at his home in the Chelsea section of Manhattan.


It’s important to look at all of a candidate’s stances and political history before voting for them, and it is tantamount that the public look at Tisei as a candidate before they look at him as a member of the LGBT community.  But his campaign may still be a sign that the U.S. is indeed becoming more tolerant of the community every day.



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