In addition to their regular blogging, Tumblr convention correspondents are each writing a feature about the experience. Here’s Jayel Aheram on the gay presence at the Republican National Convention.
I knew I was a little tipsy, but when I asked a gentleman from Politico if he wanted to dance, it finally dawned on me that I was pretty wasted. I had a whiskey and Coke in one hand and Meg Lanker-Simons in the other, and we were at the “Homocon” party in a small town called Ybor. Meg and I were on a look-out for potential dance partners. I had pretty stringent criteria: cute and near my age. I was in Tampa to blog on the Republican National Convention for Tumblr, and that night we were at the party hosted by GOProud to find some novel things to post about. I thought I had reached my dance quota for the night — at the Tumblr/Rock the Vote party just a couple of blocks away — but I was still restless. The place was packed with many journalists and delegates and Significant People wearing their convention credentials like cheap bling, talking to each other over Kylie Minogue. It is queer, in more ways than one.