Entrepreneur Peter Thiel received a standing ovation at the RNC after his moving speech. According to The Washington Post, Thiel was the first person to speak about being openly gay at any Republican National Convention.
“Of course, every American has a unique identity. I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican, but most of all, I am proud to be an American,” Thiel told the convention crowd.
In 2000, Arizona Rep. Jim Kolbe addressed the GOP convention. While Kolbe is gay, he only discussed trade policies. The reception to Thiel’s speech was different from the one Kolbe received over a decade ago. Members of the crowd bowed their heads in prayer during Kolbe’s speech as an obvious sign of protest of having a gay man speak at the convention.
Thiel received thunderous applause during the speech and as he walked off stage.