‘I Am Proud To Be Gay,’ Tech Investor Peter Thiel Tells GOP Convention

In an apparent first, a Republican convention speaker on Thursday took the stage during the final, most high-profile night, just minutes before the nominee himself, and uttered these words: “I am proud to be gay.”Peter Thiel (pronounced “teel”) is an eccentric character in Silicon Valley: a legendary financier and co-founder of PayPal; an early investor and current board member of Facebook; a Stanford-educated billionaire who pays students to drop out of college and do entrepreneurial work; a staunch libertarian who poured millions into Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential bid.Earlier this year, he made headlines as the sponsor of Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against news and gossip site Gawker, which outed Thiel as gay in 2007.This campaign season, as the New York Times puts it, Thiel is also “the most prominent public face of a species so endangered it might as well be called extinct: the Silicon Valley Trump supporter” — and at that, an openly gay one.”We are told that the great debate is about who

In an apparent first, a Republican convention speaker on Thursday took the stage during the final, most high-profile night, just minutes before the nominee himself, and uttered these words: “I am proud to be gay.”Peter Thiel (pronounced “teel”) is an eccentric character in Silicon Valley: a legendary financier and co-founder of PayPal; an early investor and current board member of Facebook; a Stanford-educated billionaire who pays students to drop out of college and do entrepreneurial work; a staunch libertarian who poured millions into Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential bid.Earlier this year, he made headlines as the sponsor of Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against news and gossip site Gawker, which outed Thiel as gay in 2007.This campaign season, as the New York Times puts it, Thiel is also “the most prominent public face of a species so endangered it might as well be called extinct: the Silicon Valley Trump supporter” — and at that, an openly gay one.”We are told that the great debate is about who