DNC Chairman Howard Dean was in town this weekend to address the annual convention of the National Stonewall Democrats aka “gay Democrats.” Dean told the assembled faithful that Stonewall has made the party “stronger, more inclusive, more courageous, more tenacious.” (PG)
Mr. Dean said DNC operatives had been instructed to work with the gay community and trained to discuss gay-rights issues with straight voters.
He told the Stonewall group, 'We need you to reach out to the straight community.'
Reach out to the straight community? What the hell does he think we do everyday – live in a queers only bubble?
While reporter Joe Smydo was quick to get some comments from the Sanctimonious camp, he failed to even touch on some of the recent gay controversy swirling around Dean's leadership. (Washington Blade)
First, Dean eliminated the LGBT outreach desk late last year as part of a strategic realignment, assuring the community that the DNC would continue to reach out to gays.
Then in February, the DNC published its annual grassroot activity report without a single reference to LGBT grassroots activities.
Third, in early May, Dean fired gay outreach advisor Donald Hitchcock just weeks after Hitchcock's partner publicly criticized the DNC for failing to protect gay rights.
For his coup d'etat, Dean went on The 700 Club. Yes, Dean made time in his schedule to reach out to the Pat Robertson crowd. Later, Dean had to issue an apology for informing Robertson's viewers that the Democrat party platform stated marriage was between a man and a woman. Gay groups responded in outrage. Dean does intend to return to The 700 Club for future appearances. Click here for Shakespeare Sister's recap of Pat Robertson's more outrageous (?divisive?) comments.
Did anyone from the media even ASK Dean about these issues? Did anyone from Stonewall? I couldn't because Stonewall didn't want bloggers covering their convention. We aren't a “valid media.” I guess no one bothered to tell Dean that during the 2004 campaign, but whatever. Or perhaps bloggers might ask actual questions that put Stonewall on the spot. Wouldn't want that.
It appears that the PG editors prefer to spin Dean's appearance as an anti-Santorum story than to do any concrete reporting on current gay politics. To be fair, they have probably sent an intern into the bowels of the Boulevard to drag out and dust off the tired old gay cliches for the June 17 PrideFest article. Last year's trivial little article by Caitlin Cleary is a good example of how little concern the PG has for accurate reporting on gay issues. But I digress …