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Conservative Gay Leader To LGBT Glitterers: You're Not Helping

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"No rational person can look at that behavior and think that this is actually good for average gay people," Barron told the DailyCaller's Matt Lewis. "All it does is reinforce the worst, most negative, nasty stereotypes about gay people."

Barron has publicly praised Herman Cain's campaign, and has pushed back on claims that the tea party is bigoted. He told Lewis the glitter attacks -- which have been carried out on Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann -- are a tactic used to cast the tea party as homophobic.

"This is an effort by left-wing forces in this country to undermine the tea party," Barron said. "They've done it on race, they've done it on gender -- and now their doing it to sexual orientation."