Fox News contributor Guy Benson released a video yesterday (22 January) for Prager University. In it, he discusses being gay and also being conservative.
The video is going viral, having already been viewed over 300,000 times. Prager U is a non-profit conservative digital platform. Despite its name, it is not an educational institution.
Benson first came out in 2015 in his book End of Discussion. In this new video, he talks about why being gay and conservative doesn’t matter together. He also touches on why his sexuality doesn’t define him and why he doesn’t cover LGBT issues.
He also discusses ‘imaginative leftists’ labeling him as a ‘self-hating gay person’.
‘This is so boring,’ he responds in the video. ‘That intellectual laziness only underscores my point.’
His point being that too often people are categorized by gender, race, and sexuality. He doesn’t want to be defined by this.
‘To be candid, in my day-to-day life and work, I spend a lot more time thinking and writing about the failures of Obamacare, for example, than I do about LGBT issues, whatever that term might mean on any given day.’
He goes on to talk about how he doesn’t really care about LGBT issues, because it’s a ‘new era’, but discusses his gratitude to gay rights activists.
‘I fully recognize how fortunate I am to live in a time and a country where I can be openly gay and live a normal life. And that’s in large part thanks to the hard work of gay rights activists who’ve paved the way for people like me. People who had it much harder than I do and people who likely wouldn’t share my politics. I’m genuinely grateful to them.’
How can I be both?
Benson appeared on Fox News to discuss the video.
Benson says it’s easy for him to be both gay and conservative, because his values are what define him.
Some of his values are shrinking the size of government, being pro-life, a strong military, and more.
He then says LGBT people on the left can be ‘bullies from time to time’ but that right-wing LGBT individuals are not alone.
‘It’s up to each of us to decide what our political priorities are and who we are as people. It’s just a permission slip.’
He ends the video saying: ‘It’s okay, let’s think critically and make our own decisions, and if we disagree, that’s fine too.’