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Gay Republicans (2004)

Maurice Bonamigo , Terry Hamilton , Wash Westmoreland  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Maurice Bonamigo, Terry Hamilton, Mark Harris, Steve May, Carol Newman
  • Directors: Wash Westmoreland
  • Writers: Wash Westmoreland
  • Producers: Andy Cohen, Anne Clements, Fenton Bailey, Michael Kaufman, Randy Barbato
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Disinformation
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
  • Run Time: 63 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009ZBVPE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,174 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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After years of relative obscurity, Log Cabin—the gay Republican club formed in California in 1977—has found itself in the National spotlight. George Bush’s unequivocal opposition to gay marriage put them at the forefront of one of the most hotly contested elections in years. With the issue of whether or not to support the President distilling into a stark choice between their civil rights and their loyalty to the party, 2004 forced the Gay Republicans to a crude decision: what was more important, being gay or being Republican?

This documentary follows a handful of Log Cabin members on their different paths to "Decision 2004." A stereotype-shattering, gut wrenching portrait of an organization in turmoil that is incisive, moving, disturbing and humorous.



Alongside this political turmoil are some colorful personalities that remain amusingly memorable. -- Variety, November 17, 2004

Examines the schism created this year in Log Cabin Republicans when Bush called for an amendment to ban gay marriage. -- Hollywood Reporter, November 15, 2004

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2.0 out of 5 stars Sensationalism over substance. March 26, 2006
While the four subjects were evenly split between two decent people and two obnoxious loudmouths, the latter got quite a bit more screen-time. Rather than honestly showing how "gay Republican" isn't an oxymoron, something Newman and May might have been able to do if given a chance, the filmmakers instead decided to show Harris and Bonamigo endlessly making total fools out of themselves. I guess they decided that two intelligent human beings calmly and somberly discussing how difficult it is to battle the theocrats who have hijacked their political party isn't as much fun as letting a couple of self-righteous morons reinforce all of the bigoted stereotypes most gays believe about their more conservative brethren.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well, that was interesting. October 1, 2007
This documentary is really about how President Bush alienated gay Republicans by backing a proposed defense of marriage amendment to the US Constitution, resulting in the Log Cabin Republicans not endorsing Bush in the election of 2004. Still, this is an interesting look at a group of people that many might not suspect could even exist. I learned something.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great to Have You Aboard Fellows. August 16, 2007
And well met. The right in America is in no position to be turning down allies for any reason--especially due to an individual's sex, race or sexual orientation. We need logical, clear-thinking types on our side just like a couple of the men and women profiled here. Let's fight the slow creep of socialism and political correctness together. Who cares what someone's personal habits are? That's nobody else's business anyway. I was very impressed with the LA Log Cabin member in particular. He hit the nail on the head, "The gay community is supposed to be about diversity" but they hate his guts because he's a Republican. Well, they do respect diversity provided it is rooted in skin color or having a colorful accent, but ideological diversity is not the type of thing that can be allowed.

I felt the director and interlocutor of this production were extremely biased and interjected their left-wing viewpoint into the narrative whenever possible, but I do credit them for at least giving the Log Cabinites the chance to speak. They could have pulled a Chris Matthews and interrupted them continuously but they did not. Therefore, as I really enjoyed the documentary, I'll give it four stars.

Surprisingly, as it came out in 2004, the film is already dated because the anti-Bush perspective is now absurd. The Democratic frontrunners--Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards--refused to have anything to do with supporting gay marriage the other night during the forum on the Logo Channel. The present day makes the "Republicans Evil/Democrats Good" slant of the narration look as foolish and shortsighted as we now know it to be.

The bottom line is that most gay activists are dishonest. Civil unions are about "rights" but marriage has nothing to do with it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Gay Democratic Majority: You Won't Be Converted! September 15, 2005
This documentary starts off by presenting gay Republicans as the bats between the birds and the beasts. "Gays don't like us for being Republican and Republicans don't like us for being gay." However, this was really about an internal dispute. Since Bush the Second stated that he is against gay marriage, Log Cabin members were divided on whether to support him or not.

The cover of this DVD only shows white men. That was a grave error in that a woman is featured here. She is the most articulate and reasonable person of those featured. This movie quickly states, "The grand majority of Log Cabin members are older, white men." and then moves on. No, this needs to be interrogated. Usually when a group is incredibly homogenous, that's a problem because it doesn't include the positive aspects of diversity. In many ways, it seems as if these LC members are so privileged that they don't have to think about justice for all, they only feel the need to worry about their own self-interests.

This documentary would never make a reasonable gay person want to convert to Republicanism. They never explain why they like the GOP; it's as if they are happy to be herded sheep. Most of the interviewees are rude and arrogant beyond belief. While one person passes out Bush propaganda, he curses at a civilian and starts making gestures with his hands and buttocks at him! This person says Barbara Streisand "should shut up" about her progressive beliefs. However, he never criticizes the many athletes that are pro-Republican. It's okay for him to express his political views, but somehow Babs, a fellow American, should not under his logic. Further, the interviewees make numerous statements that are just self-loathing and pathetic.
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