Gay conservative says LGBTQ groups exploiting epidemic to “fuel fake victimhood”

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Brad Polumbo – Photo: Facebook.

As they do in many other aspects of life, homosexuals are seeking special, protected victim status amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to a newspaper columnist who is himself openly gay.

Brad Polumbo, the deputy opinion editor for the conservative Washington Examiner, accuses LGBTQ groups of seeking to enrich themselves by fundraising off the pandemic in an attempt to “turn the coronavirus into a victimhood issue.”

As reported by MetroWeekly, Polumbo cites a recent open letter from more than 100 LGBTQ or LGBTQ-backing organizations to health care providers and media outlets calling LGBTQ people “particularly vulnerable” to COVID-19 due to underlying health issues.

Among the groups signing the letter were Whitman-Walker Health, Capital Pride Alliance, GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, and the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Polumbo said in his column that casting COVID-19 as a larger threat to the LGBTQ community than to the rest of humanity is a tactic to attract donations.

“This is, frankly, ridiculous,” writes Polumbo. “The coronavirus is a virus. It does not care if you are gay. Efforts to somehow make a global pandemic evidence of anti-gay and anti-transgender oppression is a case of shameless self-victimization at its worst.”

Polumbo called the letter’s argument that LGBTQ people are more likely to be smokers and thus more susceptible to respiratory illnesses a “ridiculous stretch.”

“The coronavirus is a threat to smokers, some of whom happen to be gay or transgender,” Polumbo writes. “It has nothing to do with their sexuality or gender identity.”

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