Source: Heisenberg Media/Flickr License: CC by 2.0
Source: Heisenberg Media/Flickr License: CC by 2.0

Venture capitalist and hedge fund manager Peter Thiel took the stage at the Republican National Convention Thursday night, and in doing so, made history as he became the first openly gay man to discuss his sexuality from the RNC stage.

“Every American has a unique identity. I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all, I am proud to be an American,” Thiel said, to much applause.

Thiel led into his comments by saying that when he was growing up, the “great debate” was about who was going to defeat the Soviets. Now, the great debate is about “who gets to use which bathroom.” Boos could momentarily be heard, but after a beat, Thiel pressed on: “This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?” While cheering could be heard, the camera panned to a crowd with a mixed reaction.

Peter Thiel, along with Max Levchin and Elon Musk, co-founded PayPal. He also served as its CEO. Thiel was also the first outside investor in Facebook and currently sits on its board of directors. He holds a 10.2% stake in the company, which he acquired in 2004 for $500,000. (Source)

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Social media reaction to Thiel’s commentary was, overall, pretty mixed, but people certainly had questions.