Said the daughter of Alan Keyes.
LETS GOOOOOOO GAY RIGHTS!!!
Keyes' Daughter Calls Self 'Liberal Queer'
By TOM STUCKEY
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The daughter of conservative Republican Alan Keyes referred to herself Monday as a ``liberal queer'' and urged support for gay and lesbian young people who have been deserted by their families.
Maya Marcel-Keyes, 19, addressed a rally sponsored by the gay-rights group Equality Maryland, saying she was motivated to speak out because of her rocky relationship with her parents and the recent death of a friend who had fallen ill after being thrown out of the house by his family.
Marcel-Keyes told several hundred supporters that her sexuality had created a rift in her relationship with her parents.
``Things just came to a head. Liberal queer plus conservative Republican just doesn't mesh well,'' she said. ``That was making my life a little bit turbulent.''
Later, Marcel-Keyes told CNN her parents ``were not too pleased'' when they learned she was a lesbian, but she said she loves them ``very much, and they love me. They can't support my activities.''
Her father, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Illinois last year, created a stir in August when he said during an interview that homosexuality was ``selfish hedonism'' and that Vice President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter was a sinner.
In a statement issued Monday night, Keyes said: ``My daughter is an adult, and she is responsible for her own actions. What she chooses to do has nothing to do with my work or political activities.''
Marcel-Keyes said she received an outpouring of support when disclosing her sexual orientation, but her friend did not.
``Like me, he grew up queer in a conservative household,'' she said. But where she got hundreds of e-mails, offers of a place to stay and a college scholarship, ``he'd been out there two years and had gotten nothing.''
``And the worst part is, he isn't the only one,'' Marcel-Keyes said.