Most of Jimmy LaSalvia's political life and activism has been connected to the Republican Party and its conservatism. LaSalvia is also openly gay and founded GOProud, a "national organization of gay and straight Americans who seek to promote freedom by supporting free markets, limited government, and a respect for individual rights."
But at the age of 43, LaSalvia's days of calling himself a Republican are over. In mid-January, on his blog, he declared that he was leaving the party. Scott Shackford interviewed LaSalvia about his decision and his belief that the Republican Party's days are numbered.