Peter Thiel Proud to be Gay, Proud to be Republican

7/21/2016 6:50 PM PDT

Peter Thiel: I'm Proud to Be Gay, Proud to be a Republican

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel delivered a few lines at the Republican National Convention Thursday that were met with a surprising and even shocking reaction from the crowd.

Thiel is the first openly gay speaker at a Republican convention who addressed LGBT issues. He conceded the party platform was not his vision. In fact, the platform, which among other things seeks to repudiate the right of gays to marry, is considered by many draconian and hostile to the LGBT community.

Nevertheless, when Thiel presented himself to the crowd as a proud gay man, he was received warmly and, arguably, embraced by the crowd.