When you think of Meghan McCain, what's the first qualifier that comes to mind? Blonde? Conservative? Daughter of John McCain? The woman who inspired and then killed a meme -- "You were at my wedding, Denise" -- in record time?
What about "gay icon?" No? Well, according to the Harvey Milk Foundation, this blonde conservative on The View is not just a queer ally but one deserving of a medal. Over the weekend, McCain was awarded the foundation's Lilla Watson Medal at the Diversity Honors gala. According to the invitation, the medal honors those who champion diversity by "living authentically and advancing inclusiveness."
Uh... we're talking about the same Meghan McCain, right? The woman married to the founder of conservative web platform The Federalist, which has published stories that jeer at "overhyped" LGBTQ+ news stories, advise Christians to "Stop Assuming LGBT Sin Matters More than God's Mercy," and take down faux-woke Methodists who support gay marriage? That Meghan McCain?
McCain herself even seemed a bit surprised when her co-hosts celebrated her honor on The View. "I wanted to make sure they wanted to give me this award because I am a straight, cisgender, conservative woman," she said, before explaining that she's been an LGBTQ+ activist for over a decade, referring to work she's done such as speaking at the Log Cabin Republican convention in 2009, and openly supporting gay marriage and adoption. She then went on to say she dedicated her award to her gay best friend, Josh.
So, that's apparently all it takes to be a queer activist as a straight, white, conservative woman! Support gay rights here and there and have a gay best friend. Then suddenly you're an ally worthy of a medal from the Harvey Milk Foundation -- presented to her by Milk's literal nephew Stuart! There are actual queer activists who haven't received that kind of honor. Next they'll be telling us that Tomi Lahren threw the first brick at Stonewall out of solidarity with her hairstylist.
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