Milo Yiannopoulos was named LGBTQ Nation’s ‘Person of the Year’ on Thursday garnering over 80,000 votes (nearly 70 percent) in the online poll.
Milo’s victory comes one week after his upcoming Simon & Schuster autobiography, Dangerous, rocketed to the top spot on Amazon’s Best Seller list, causing consternation and garment-wrenching across the Liberal universe. The Chicago Review of Books has since stated it refuses to cover any of the publisher’s books in 2017 and Sarah Silverman (who is being ridiculous) and Judd Apatow have called for the publisher to squelch the project.
The self-proclaimed “Dangerous Faggot” started his infamous pillaging of all things politically correct during Gamergate as Tech Editor for Breitbart and went on to lead triggerings across college campuses in 2015 and 2016.
He garnered national attention in July of last year when Twitter permanently banned the provocateur after an online feud with Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones. Twitter explained that Milo was banned for what it called “targeted harassment.” Many criticized Twitter’s double-standard as Milo never directed any of his followers to attack Jones and Jones herself committed what many perceived as targeted harassment during previous tweets days before Milo’s ban.
An ardent supporter of president-elect Donald Trump (Milo affectionately calls him “Daddy”), Milo is frequently criticized by many Leftist groups and labeled inaccurately by mainstream media outlets as an “alt-right white nationalist.” LGBTQ Nation even retracted a statement in the article announcing the result after previously referring to Milo as a member of the alt-right movement.
Milo, born in Greece and raised near Kent, England, refers to himself as a cultural Libertarian and has given voice to many conservative and Libertarian members of the LGBT community who are frequently ostracized as traitors to the gay cause.
Though the poll is by no means scientific or a reflection of LGBTQ Nation’s views on Milo (they went out of their way to explain that anyone could vote and view the result as a reflection of Milo’s popularity with his own fan base), Milo’s victory gives hope to those in the LGBT community who have grown weary of being associated with Leftist and Liberal policies and groups.
Milo’s unrepentant style and unapologetic language is everything that we in the gay community have prided for generations: refusing to conform, bucking the status quo, being queer without reservation and flinging our fabulousness in your face whether you like it or not.
The overwhelming support of Milo in this poll continues to show his support from those within and outside the LGBT community.
Milo reflects the idea that many of us hope to bring forward in 2017 and beyond: We’re here, we’re queer, we love liberty, and you can get over it!