Gay Neoliberal Candidate in San Francisco Disproves Myths About LGBT Values

If Scott Wiener is the future of gay electoral politics, many queer people -- particularly people of color and those with lower-incomes -- stand to be left behind.If Scott Wiener is the future of gay electoral politics, many queer people — particularly people of color and those with lower-incomes — stand to be left behind. (Photo: San Francisco Bicycle Coalition / Flickr)

If the Twinks for Trump movement fails to show that in the increasingly fragmented LGBT community, not everyone’s a progressive, Scott Wiener’s a solid fallback.

Wiener is the City Supervisor of San Francisco’s eighth district, making him the head gay in charge of the city’s famed gayborhood, the Castro. But if November’s State Assembly race goes his way, the towering, 6-foot-7 Harvard Law grad will become one of the highest-ranking openly gay politicians in the nation’s biggest state.

Wiener is significant for more than his ascent to the political stage of the world’s sixth largest economy. His more conservative political moves are a reminder that the stereotype of a monolithic left-wing LGBT community does not reflect the wide range of political stances that actually exist within LGBT communities.

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Wiener is also one group’s answer to a question people have been asking in a post-gay marriage and military inclusion world: what’s next for the gay movement? For Equality California, one of the loudest voices in the gay marriage campaign during the early 2000s, the answer is: elect pro-LGBT politicians, regardless of their other politics.

Equality California is going all out for Wiener, donating thousands to his campaign. But if Wiener is the future of gay electoral politics, many queer people — particularly people of color and those with lower-incomes — stand to be left behind.

In a campaign season that popularized the term “alt-right,” Wiener’s got something for everyone, including selfies taken next to gay daddies in leather gear, and a slick web ad featuring drag queens singing pro-Wiener lines to the tune of Katy Perry’s gay anthem “Firework”…

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