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Trump-loving gays say their MAGA support is ruining their lives

The Trump Pride T-shirt on a model with a weird smile, like he knows he's going to be famous in LGBTQ media for this
The Trump Pride T-shirt Photo: Trump Make America Great Again Committee

Like a lot of gay New Yorkers, Anthony Tolve and John McGuigan spent the final Sunday in June at the city’s massive Pride parade.

But unlike most other attendees, the two flew massive rainbow flags expressing their support for former President Donald Trump.

“There was definitely a lot of hate,” Tolve, 45, told The New York Post. “A lot of rich white women with children who feel inclined to come up to you and face off with you.”

Tolve and McGuigan are among a rare subset of LGBTQ+ New Yorkers who are fans of the former president and convicted felon.

“I was at the beach the other day and I was booed off the beach, a guy started kicking sand on me,” Tolve said.

The two Trump-loving gay besties aren’t the only ones subject to the community’s outright ostracizing.

Mark Dorman, a retired schoolteacher from the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, said he’s been practically blacklisted from his local gay bar, the Atlas Social Club, for his political affiliation. Dorman said he went public with his Trump love at the pub last summer, and he’s been feeling the anti-MAGA burn since.

“It feels like the Soviet Union, Marxist environment now,” Dorman, 64, complained. “With the gay community, they feel that Republicans on the far-right have an anti-gay thing. Yes, they have a certain religious belief. They have a right to say they don’t like that lifestyle.”

“I’m almost anti-gay,” Dorman told The Post. “It’s an embarrassment to see this kind of behavior… I’d really invite them to go to Iran or Gaza. See what that does for you. See how fast they throw you in prison or kill you.”

Dorman says his Trumpiness nearly destroyed his marriage.

“When Trump won, my husband was so upset he wanted me out of our apartment. The rage was unexplainable — I mean honest rage. I could not understand this emotion in him and why anyone would let a political vote destroy or nearly destroy a marriage,” he said.

Remarkably, it didn’t, Dorman says, “but we don’t talk politics.”  

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