Gay Bloggers close the gAyTM - should we follow suit here in Allegheny County?
on Mon 09 Nov 2009 10:08 PM EST | Permanent Link
Just caught "Don't Ask, Don't Give"
on Pam's House Blend.
The gays are getting pretty pissed off so they've "paused" donations to the party. Direct donations to the campaign only. Period.
More here at Ameriblog.Can you give examples of how the
President and Democrats have not been fierce advocates for the civil
rights of gay and lesbian Americans?
- Asking a religious right activist
who claims to have been ?cured? of his homosexuality to headline
campaign events in South Carolina. Then letting the anti-gay bigot
spend half an hour, on stage, haranguing gays at the Obama event.
- Refusing for months to interview with LGBT newspapers during the campaign, while his opponent did repeatedly.
- Flubbing question on whether gays are immoral.
- Inviting anti-gay activist Rick Warren, who helped pass Prop 8 in California, to give the invocation at the inaugural.
- Inviting a gay bishop to the inaugural festivities, then not beginning the TV broadcast until the gay bishop has finished and left.
- Refusing to appoint an openly gay Cabinet member.
- Abolishing the LGBT outreach position at the DNC and never reinstating it.
to re-establish the White House Office of LGBT Outreach and the White
House LGBT Liaison (which was a Special Assistant to the President at
- Continuing to discharge two gay servicemembers a
day, even though he could stop it immediately by issuing a stop-loss
- Asking for a study on ?whether? repealing DADT would hurt national security, rather than a study on how to repeal it, as promised.
- Deleting his gay civil rights promise from the White House Web site.
- Changing his commitment to ?repeal? Don?t Ask Don?t Tell, to ?changing DADT it in a sensible manner.?
- Repeatedly defending DOMA in court, including just a few weeks ago, even though he didn?t have to.
- Making jokes about marriage equality, which President Obama claims he doesn't support, even though he once did.
- Comparing gay relationships to incest and pedophilia in a Justice Department brief.
- Joking about gay protesters upset about the DOMA brief.
to provide health care benefits to the partners of gay employees, and
then claiming that DOMA precludes it, when it does not.
- Refusing to meet with gay legal groups to discuss how to provide such health benefits within the confines of DOMA.
- Claiming that health benefits for partners of federal employees were new, then being caught in a lie.
- Showing visible discomfort when asked about gay civil rights.
- Suggesting he won?t get to DADT, DOMA or ENDA until his second term, if ever.
- Refusing to suspend implementation of anti-gay laws, like DADT and DOMA, while suspending laws that hurt others.
- White House staffers worked against amendment proposed by Rep. Alcee Hasting (D-FL) to defund Don't Ask, Don't Tell investigations
- Saying won?t repeal DADT until wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have finished.
- Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid had to beg President Obama to help on DADT repeal.
- A White House official referring to gay civil rights advocates, marching on Washington, as part of ?the Internet left fringe? whose opinions don?t matter.
- Saying he won?t touch DOMA in his first term.
- Refusing to release list of gay attendees at hate crimes reception.
- Refusing to mention Maine or Washington state, or anything of substance, in his speech to the Human Rights Campaign dinner.
- Saying gays are ?na?ve? for wanting the president to keep his promise.
- Refusing to issue a statement specifically opposing anti-gay ballot measures in Maine and Washington state.
- Attorney General Eric Holders flubs question on Maine, twice -- once while in Maine.
- DNC/OFA emailed supporters in Maine and Washington state, but didn't ask them to vote against anti-gay ballot measures, then lied about it.
- Senator Durbin (D-IL), a very close ally of Obama, says Senate probably won?t repeal DADT in 2010, as promised.
- Senior DNC official accuses gays and lesbians of ?helping Republicans? by simply asking Democrats to keep their gay civil rights promise.
- Refusing to publicly endorse marriage equality for gays.
- Continuing to dawdle over DADT.
- Refusing to this day to interview with the gay press.
- Refusing to apologize for any of these slights.
Whew. I'd like to see this kind of spunk locally. I hope you'll consider the boycott. No ACDC fundraisers while Allegheny County employees don't have domestic partner benefits. No checks until Dan and Luke come out strongly in support of HB 300. I'm going to work on my own list, but rest assured Luke is working hard to talk gay friendly. He's going to have a press conference for World AIDS Day, but no word on what action he will take ... funding, services, hiring practices? What will it be?
I mean we got our asses spanked on Tuesday and the party THREW women under the bus Saturday night with the horrible horrible anti-choice amendment. How much more "leadership" do we need?
Reread that list and then tell me what your Democrats have done for you? Really. Is it acceptable that the DNC failed to support Maine? It is despicable.
At least read the links. I'm not anywhere on the radar of the ACDC, but I know that extending domestic partner benefits to Allegheny County employees should have happened a decade ago when it was controversial. You want the best and the brightest working to lead us forward -- do the obvious thing to attract them.
And folks ya gotta start turning out or the embedded homos with $$ will keep pulling the decisions toward a side of life that is decidedly not consistent with the average queer.
I am still REALLY angry about Saturday night.