PayPal's Peter Thiel
Peter Thiel, an early investor in Facebook and a co-founder of PayPal, announced recently at the Republican National Convention that he is gay, he supports the Republican Party and its presidential candidate Donald Trump.

"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 a thunderous applause. "And nobody in this race is being honest about it except Donald Trump," the 48-year old entrepreneur added.

And like Trump, Thiel is not shy about throwing provocative ideas out there. He once wrote that freedom and democracy are incompatible. His foundation, the Thiel Fellowship, provides US$ 100,000 to students to drop out of college and pursue other work. He’s also funded a project to build sovereign islands where entrepreneurs can work without government influence.

The Trump delegate, who also made news recently for admitting that he was helping fund lawsuits against Gawker, said that Americans have to focus on the larger issues rather than "fake culture wars."

"When I was a kid, the great debate was about how to defeat the Soviet Union. And we won. Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom. This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?" Thiel said.

Thiel is not the first openly gay man to speak at a Republican convention, but the last such man spoke 16 years ago.

Aside from Thiel, another high profile gay that supports Trump is Milo Yiannopoulos, Breitbart's tech editor.