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Tancredo staffer outed

[UPDATE: He scrubbed his Myspace page (see Google cache).]

Conservative activist and webmaster for the Tom Tancredo for President campaign, Tyler Whitney, has been outed. Details are in Michigan’s gay paper, Between the Lines.

Tyler Whitney, the immediate past chair of Western Michigan University YAF, the chair of the Michigan Teenage Republicans, or TARs, and the current webmaster for the Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colorado) for President website, has been telling other conservative activists for about a month of his coming out journey.

“Yes I am aware of that,” said Joanna Varnavas when asked if she knew Whitney was coming out of the closet. “He told me about a month ago.”

She said he confirmed it again last week in a text message exchange.

Varnavas is a former spokesperson for the winger Michigan State University Young Americans for Freedom. Oh, it gets worse.

In addition to his ties to Tancredo, Whitney is closely associated with Kyle Bristow, the leader of the Young Americans for Freedom MSU chapter, now officially listed as a hate group. Bristow has opined that if he had a gay son he would kill him, and that homosexuals should be in prison.

Whitney is also pictured in a Nov. 20 protest holding a sign which reads “Go back in the closet.” The protest was against a proposed comprehensive human rights ordinance in the city of Lansing, an ordinance that was later adopted by a unanimous vote of the City Council.

Other conservatives have confirmed to Between the Lines that Whitney came out to them; Whitney has not yet gone on the record himself citing his “privacy.” He was actually outed by the Michigan Conservative Dossier blog rather casually:

Tyler Whitney is also working in DC on a Presidential campaign. The brash young paleo-libertarian will be spending his weekend with gay conservatives and libertarians in Dupont Circle for the City’s Gay Pride Festivities. Tyler is said to have relocated to DC permanently.

Michelangelo Signorile had BTL reporter Todd Heywood on his radio show yesterday to discuss the Colorado Congressman’s gay staffer.

Bay Buchanan, Team Tancredo Senior Advisor and sister of the fire-breathing Pat Buchanan, is defending Whitney, saying, “A person’s sexual preference is a personal matter and has nothing to do with the campaign.”

In other words, if he wants to work against his own kind — for a man who’s railed against gay rights and has a zero rating from the Human Rights Campaign — we’re happy to have him!

Another self-loather working against his own interests,  but it’s really sad — the young man is only 18; clearly he’s working through issues. It will be interesting to see whether he finds his way off this path or not.

As we all know, there are plenty of professional GOP closet cases way beyond Whitney’s age who are welcomed into the anti-gay Republican fold, their wallets are fattened, they are socially accepted by folks like Bay Buchanan, and they remain in the inner circle as long as they don’t advocate for LGBT rights or kick the public closet door open, pointing out the hypocrisy. Better yet, these professional cellar dwellers earn bonus points for working against our rights.

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