Trump said 58 per cent of African-American youth are jobless. This prompted cheers from the audience, and he continued that he would do everything within his power to protect LGBTQ folks from violence and the "hateful oppression" of radical Islam.
If Republican delegates gathered in Cleveland to nominate Trump were caught off-guard, they didn't show it. They cheered him loudly. Trump noted the reaction and commented that, "as a Republican, I have to say, it is so nice to hear you cheering what I just said". On this most important issue Donald Trump is right.
It may well be the case that Donald Trump really believes he'll be "the friend" of the LGBT community. "Who cares?" he said to cheers.
He once called the gay marriage ruling "shocking" and has said states should get to decide - a position in line with mainstream Republican orthodoxy.
But the NY billionaire has often spoken effusively about his friendships with gay people while avoiding anti-gay rhetoric that many other GOP candidates have embraced.
And at the Quicken Loans Arena where Trump was nominated, there were mostly vague allusions if any to gay rights from convention speakers - such as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who praised police for protecting, among others, people of "every sexual orientation". A co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook Inc who rests on that company's board of directors, Thiel is widely known for contrarian as well as eccentric views: a Libertarian who supports gay rights and legalizing cannabis, and who has actually proposed drifting cities beyond the federal government's reach while encouraging trainees to drop out of college and start companies.
One reason America has fallen down, Thiel argued during his convention speech, is identity politics. Because of the prosperity of that particular area, when you live there it is "hard to see where America has gone wrong", Thiel said, noting that much of the progress of the tech industry has been confined to Silicon Valley. "But most of all, I am proud to be an American".
Thiel was one of three speakers on the convention's final night who finally provided the anecdotal testaments to Trump's good qualities that had been strangely lacking through a week devoted mostly to demonizing Hillary Clinton.
That said, feelings about Trump remained mixed among this crowd, with some still undecided as to whether they would in fact vote for their party's nominee for the White House.
President of the Family Research Council Tony Perkins speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 21. "Women are paid equally for the work that we do, and when a woman becomes a mother, she is supported, not shut out". "Radical Islam and Muslim-dominated countries want to kill you, but we don't".
Gay Republicans say that's an attempt by left-leaning groups to blur the issues to help Democrats win elections and raise money.
Four years ago Grenell, who is gay, was hired by 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney to be his foreign policy spokesman, but resigned under pressure from social conservatives who questioned Romney's conservatism.
At the brunch, held in a big tent at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, pro-LGBT Republicans sipped mimosas and mingled with transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner while a man carried a rainbow version of the Gadsden flag, a tea party symbol. "Thank you", he said, in one of his few off-script moments of the night. Doing so may result in civil and/or criminal penalties. It was a very successful debut, and it will be interesting to see whether Thiel uses his new national profile to wade more deeply into the political waters in the future.