Monday, October 5, 2009

Obama's Gay Problem

Andrew Sullivan blasts President Obama over his party's substantive failure on gay rights:

In some ways, Obama's fealty to the big gay lobby rather than to the real gay community is testimony to why Democratic party politics remain repulsive to me. HRC has achieved nothing substantive for gay equality on a federal level in the twenty years I've been observing them. But they sure know how to milk donors at swanky black tie affairs. They are the Rotary Club for affluent gays, and their prime job is to explain to the gay community why it is never in the Democratic party's interest to do anything for gay people that might actually resemble equality. Oh, yes, we'll get a lovely Obama speech. Like that costs him anything or proves anything. There is nothing Obama can say at this self-satisfied, well-heeled Rotary Club dinner that he hasn't said before.

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If Obama wants to support gay equality, he knows what to do. If Pelosi and Reid want to support gay equality, they know what to do. If HRC believes in gay equality, they also know what to do. So spare us the schmoozing and the sweet-talking and do it. Until then, Mr president, why don't you have a nice steaming cup of shut-the-fuck-up?



Emily said...

I actually winced when I read that last line earlier today. I don't blame him. Obama has made plenty of speeches about this, but hasn't taken any action.

Have you watched the video conversations Sullivan had with Coates? I just watched two- how HIV changed his life and one about how Obama is conservative. They're interesting. He's really rockin the beard lately.

mikhailbakunin said...

Yeah, I don't blame him either.

I didn't watch the video. I'll definitely check it out. It does look like a really interesting conversation.

Well, come on, it's Novembeard!