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Matthew Bechstein and Ross Hemminger
Matthew Bechstein and Ross Hemminger
Co-Directors, GOProud
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      Matthew Bechstein and Ross Hemminger

      Matt Bechstein was born in California, but considers Iowa his home state, after having spent most of his life there and attending the University of Iowa. While a student, Bechstein served as the Executive Director of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans. Also while in Iowa, Matt served as the Western Iowa Political Director for Iowans for Tax Relief. Before taking leave to help with the 2012 election cycle, Matt earned his stripes as the Manger of Operations and Outreach for GOProud, and now serves as the co-director of GOProud.

      Ross Hemminger grew up in northwest Ohio. His political involvement began as a volunteer Teenage Republican for President George W. Bush’s reelection campaign in 2004. In 2007 he was an intern for US Rep. Jim Jordan’s district office where his passion for government and politics was cemented.

      Ross attended college at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida where he started a College Republican organization. In 2010 the University removed him from the board of the Ave Maria University College Republicans over his work for a pro-gay marriage state senate candidate. This began his efforts to encourage conservative Republican groups to work with Republicans across the board and embrace a big tent party philosophy. More recently, Hemminger served northern and eastern Virginia as a Field Representative from the College Republican National Committee. He served as Coalitions Organizer for US Senator Scott Brown’s reelection campaign and as Field Director for Gabriel Gomez’s 2013 US Senate campaign.

NYC’s proposed e-cigarette ban: Bad for the gay community, bad for everyone

A customer is assisted by a salesperson at a shop selling electric smoking products in Beiijng on May 25, 2009 designed by Hon Lik, the inventor of the electric cigarette. Also known as an 'e-cigarette', the battery-powered device is designed as an alternative to cigarettes, cigars and pipes, and provides inhaled doses of nicotine by delivering a vaporized propylene glycol/nicotine solution, while also providing the physical sensation and flavors similar to inhaled tobacco smoke. With 350 million tobacco smokers nationwide, China will join the world in observing World No Tobacco Day on May 31. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

At GOProud, we believe very strongly in promoting the health and welfare of the LGBT community. Although the general focus of our organization has more to do with politics than science, it is not hard for us to understand how vital the health of LGBT citizens is to their ability to be a happy, prosperous, and productive community. As an organization we strive to encourage, in any way possible, its vitality and sustainability.

A politics of convenience: The liberal exploitation of gays

5:03 PM 10/02/2013

Sixteen years ago this September, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act. While this fact seems to have largely escaped history, it will likely go down in history as one of the most enduring acts of his presidency. It has taken us every day of those sixteen years to turn back the clock on DOMA.