Thursday, November 5, 2009

President Obama and Gay Rights: Forgetting the Lessons of the Campaign

How does Obama the President compare to Obama the candidate on gay rights? It's no secret that GLBT advocates have expressed disappointment and frustration with decisions by the White House to avoid pressing for gay rights during the first year of the administration. No executive order to halt the discharges of gay troops; no bold leadership on passing non-discrimination legislation; no mention of a ballot initiative in Maine to reverse marriage equality that might have made a real difference in the loss there Tuesday. We helped elect him with our votes, money, and time because we were promised change. But in our lives as GLBT people, that's not what's being delivered.

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"Do You Hate The White Man Now, Grandfather?"

The Christian Right is in its glory today, gloating, self-congratulatory and self righteous. They are delighted to tell us all that they succeeded in their fight against marriage equality; they point out that they have a 100% win record on marriage in the states where gay rights have come to a vote, that the "people have spoken" and that Democracy demands that the voice of the people be heard.

The Same Christian Right demanded the same kinds of votes on immigrant rights in the 1840's and racial equality issues from 1865 through thye 1960's. Fortunately, the courts ultimatelytook those issues out of the hands "of the people" and human decency triumphed over populist racism.

I am tired today. I am tired of the Right's lies, manipulations and emotional extortion of support obtained by playing to fear. I am tired of my rights, my validity, being handed to the whim of a popular vote. I am tired of the unending efforts fo the Christian Right to undermine and weaken our claims of citizenship with the ulitmate aim of their agenda being the re-criminalisation of same sex love.

Forgive me for being on a downer, for being angry and frustrated. They pay no cost for their lies and bigotry; we pay with the lives of our brothers and sisters, their blood in the street, every time that the Christian Right amps up their rhetoric.

I want them held accountable. I want them to pay a price. I want so much disruption at their events, their fundraisers, their gathering that the price of oppressing us becomes too high for them to sustain.

I want them broken. We have the power to do this. We started to do this after Prop 8 but in the end we decided to follow the LGBT leadership who told us to be patient, to follow their lead, not to continue street protests.

Well, sooner or later, we have to become disruptive and protest if we are going to win. For the Right will only cease to oppose us when it becomes too costly for them to continue their advocy of discrimination.

"Do you hate the white man now, Grandfather?' Do you recall the line from Little Big Man?

Are we angry enough now for a sustained, radical civilly disobedient movement?

Or will we roll over til the next defeat at a popular vote?

MauraHennessey :: "Do You Hate The White Man Now, Grandfather?"

Courtesy of Pam's Houseblend

Carrie Prejean Sex Tape!!!

This will totally make your day and almost make up for Maine. TMZ is reporting that Carrie Prejean has suddenly withdrawn her million-dollar lawsuit against Miss California USA after the pageant's lawyers showed her a clip from her own XXX sex tape.
The video the lawyer showed Carrie is extremely graphic and has never been released publicly. We know that, because TMZ obtained the video months ago but decided not to post it because it was so racy. Let's just say, Carrie has a promising solo career. We're told it took about 15 seconds for Carrie to jettison her demand and essentially walk away with nothing. As we first reported, the Pageant is paying around $100,000 to her lawyers and publicist -- a fraction of her bills. She pockets nothing in the settlement.
Hey Maggie Gallagher! Did I just hear your tires squealing? Since, as you say, God was speaking directly to Carrie during her anti-gay pageant answer, what was he saying during her double-penetration scene? I kid, I kid. I only HOPE there's a double-penetration scene!

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Courtesy of JMG