So now it may be the lame-duck phase before Obama moves. Pat Robertson will like the duck tie-in. Shame on you Obama!


It seems as if even the worst whispers from the Clinton presidential campaign last year, concerning Barack Obama and LGBT rights, may not be too far off the mark. Shame!

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Obama’s highest-ranking gay official says DOMA and the military gay ban currently have no chance of being repealed

Daily Kos: Flashback – Obama campaigned on pro-equality agenda, elected after supporting civil rights for GLBT Americans


wenn2238173__oPtI’ve posted on Rachel Maddow’s coverage of this here, and many others have been weighing in.

Now Jed Lewison of Daily Kos has put together some video evidence of President Obama’s promises to LGBT voters and supporters.

Click here to view the video.

These are urgent matters, Mr. Obama. Stop taking LGBT votes for granted and patronizing us. Proposition 8 in California showed you the tightrope you walk. Many who voted against Prop 8 voted for you. We all know that.

Proclaiming Pride Month was a nice gesture but you have the political capital, and lots of time before future elections, to live up to your campaign promises with integrity – particularly when the courts hand opportunities to you on a platter.

Don’t disappoint any longer.

Please.

There are many things you can get to work on that cost little or nothing.

If necessary, your Secretary of State could lend a hand as she brought many LGBT supporters over to you last November, after you began courting them big-time a year ago.

President Obama takes support of gays for granted – shame!


What a disappointment. An otherwise principled guy (so many of us thought) sides with the ball-scratchers and Prop 8-backers who voted for him. Will it take multiple trips to any number of combinations of Supreme Court Justices of the future to wrest equality from the government, as it did here in Canada? I hope not.

June 27, 2009: Stonewall uprising’s 40th anniversary


In a matter of weeks New York, if not the whole gay world, will mark the fortieth anniversary of what came to be known as The Stonewall Riots. (The link takes you to a great panel discussion moderated by Charlie Rose.)

The riots (a response to the latest in a long series of police raids and other harassment of ‘homosexual’ bar patrons, including the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village) have long been viewed as a major starting point in the equality movement for those of us somewhere in the LGBTTIQQ2S community. (That abbreviation looks more Welsh the more I see it.)

We perhaps owe the last straw to the death and funeral that week of Judy Garland, something I grew up in the movement believing, though there is not unanimity on the connection. It does not take much to imagine the emotional upset of New York fans over the death of such an icon. The police could not have picked a worse week to cross the local gay community which, given the times, included a lot of other leftist allies – and still does.

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This sculpture celebrating the gay liberation movement is at Sheridan Square Park across from the former Stonewall Inn.

Seems to me like a good time for the United States – be it the President, Congress, or Judiciary – to take a bold move toward equality. Enough of that ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ bullshit, stop firing Armed Services interpreters (and others) who happen to be gay and, whether state-by-state or not, President Obama should begin to weigh in a little more on the equal marriage questions. Right now he’s in the same camp as Rush Limbaugh and Miss California and that’s not becoming of a ‘change’ President.

If Obama and legislators don’t move on this, it seems to me inevitable that the Supreme Court will eventually – I’m not saying it won’t be quite a while – come down on the side of equal marriage as a constitutional matter, as was the case in Canada.

Circle June 27 on your calendar, Mr. Obama, or tap it into your Blackberry.  It’s an important date.   Come out…out from under that protective shell some nominally supportive people wear, saying they agree with sexual equality but doing little or nothing to help advance it in areas of discomfort.

Tell us how you’re going to move equality – for everyone – forward.

If not you, then who? If not at the beginning of your term, then when?

Maybe it will, like in Canada, take court action – all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.  Equality, however, is not negotiable.  It will prevail…eventually.

McCain’s generals need to hide their privates – or at least calm them down


While I will probably never get my wish that Chris Matthews speak more softly, it was worth the shouting to see this discussion with Joan Walsh of Salon.com and former Bush I staffer Ed Rogers.  It seems that I have been able to watch coverage of both the Canadian and U.S. elections without getting confused. I can’t get over the number of Jerry Springer McCain fans who seem to be insaneoverly “enthusiastic”. 


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Oh America, where is thy appreciation of satire?


When it comes to satirical cartoons, they don’t get much better in the United States than The New Yorker.  Go to their website and you can order books of them.  Facebook will deliver one to you daily.  New Yorker = cartoons, satirical cartoons.

So, when I saw the cartoon on the latest cover, I laughed and thought “Well done.”  It seems not everyone got it, and even Barack Obama had to denounce it (whether he saw the humour or not).  My guess is that he is offended as much by how many people will not understand satire and how this cover might end up being used to fan the flames of doubt and intolerance. Call it “as seen through the eyes of a FOX”.

Let’s be clear, however.  Everything in the drawing is the satirical conclusion of all that has been thrown, so far, at Barack and Michelle Obama – a prominent portrait of Osama bin Laden (as if he and Barack are related); a burning American flag in the fireplace (as if anyone not wearing a flag pin on his chest or holiding his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem might just as well be doing so); Obama dressed in Muslim dress because an astonishing number of stupid people still believe he is a Muslim (and which is worse - that misconception or the prejudice behind the misplaced objection?); Michelle a no-nonsense warrior with the never-before-seen-in-middle-white-America “fist bump”.

Clearly America needs to learn about satire. An educated voter would be able to see the humour in much more than has been the case since George W. Bush was imposed on the world.

Jon Stewart’s work never ends.


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