The Washington Times - August 9, 2012, 03:51PM

Gay conservatives said Thursday they’ll have a major presence at Republicans’ 2012 presidential nominating convention later this month, holding a party Tuesday night in Tampa.

GOProud, a group of gay conservatives that has pushed for inclusion in Republican and conservative circles, said it expects as many as 1,000 people at its party.

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“Homocon 2012 will be the must have ticket for the RNC,” said Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director and co-founder of GOProud. “Our special guests will be a who’s who of the conservative movement.”

Among those who are slated to attend are David Keane, former chairman of the influential American Conservative Union, and Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express.

The first Homocon was held in 2010.