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Obama Protested for Silence on LGBT Issues at Bev Hills Fundraiser

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As I mentioned yesterday, recently discharged Army Lt. Dan Choi, the Courage Campaign, and a large group of protestors took part in a demonstration across the street from the entrance to the Beverly Hilton where Barack Obama attended a Democratic Party fundraiser last night.

Bev6 L.A. Times: "During the protest, the crowd chanted, 'Out of the court, into the streets, we are ready to fight, we won’t be beat.' It was a reference to Tuesday’s state Supreme Court decision to uphold Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage. 'The president made a promise when he made his speech about hope,' said Rick Jacobs, who chairs the Courage Campaign, an organizer of the protest. 'I bought that promise and I still buy that promise, but it’s time for him to start fulfilling that promise for all Americans.' Jacobs, who worked on Howard Dean’s presidential campaign in California, said that gay rights groups had collected 140,000 signatures for a petition asking the president to end the 'don’t ask, don’t tell' policy and to stop the firing of U.S. Army Lt. Dan Choi, an Arab language specialist who was ordered discharged after recently declaringthat he was gay on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. For the demonstration, Gustavo Yanez, 40, of Los Angeles had made a banner saying, 'Obama. We voted for change. Stop discrimination.'”

UPDATE: Obama noted the protestors during his speech. VIDEO.

Watch Choi speak at the demonstration, AFTER THE JUMP...

(images: flickr user goalbert)

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  1. Did they really misspell "discrimination" on that big ass banner?

    Posted by: sparks | May 28, 2009 7:36:18 AM


  2. he may have no job but Dan Choi can work those jeans. Asian porn star anyone?

    Posted by: cd | May 28, 2009 7:54:36 AM


  3. i guess we are protesting the president who is our only realistic chance to end this crazy law- DADT that clinton signed into law. by the way did we ever protest clinton back in the day when he started DADT?, you know, i mean, he is responsible for DADT isn't he. 4 months into a 4 year term for a president and We are protesting.
    And, did Choi know the anti gay policy in the army before he joined the army or was DADT introduced after he was already in the army? just asking. i would like for this pres to act quickly, i'm not sure i would protest him after having bush as president.

    and. CLINTON also believes marriage =man/woman.

    Posted by: andrew | May 28, 2009 8:03:50 AM


  4. @ANDREW. Obama has to be treated differently than other presidents. He has to run a little faster to compare to the rest of them, for obvious reasons. That's how it looks like from where I am standing.

    Posted by: carolyne | May 28, 2009 8:09:39 AM


  5. Wow, charisma! The movement needs more leaders like Dan Choi.

    Posted by: DW | May 28, 2009 8:17:07 AM


  6. Except he missed his belt loop.. In the front!! How cute is that? Nothing hotter than a dorky asian guy.

    Posted by: realitythink | May 28, 2009 8:22:55 AM


  7. Army Lt. Dan Choi is my hero. What an inspiring man.

    Posted by: elcamino | May 28, 2009 8:25:03 AM


  8. Yeah sure Andrew.. I'll bet Martin Luther King voted for LBJ too. Did he sit on his ass and wait around for him to sign the civil rights act?

    Posted by: realitythink | May 28, 2009 8:25:20 AM


  9. well, i guess the mainstream media is not covering this. they are more interesteam in what president obama had to say inside the function. I love Obama, i really do but we have to pressure him when we feel ignored. I know he will overturn DADT, but id rather he does it sooner rather than later con people are still being fired. What is he afraid of? This guy is very very powerful, he changes minds. all we need is for him to speak to america about whats happening to us LGBTS

    Posted by: SIMON | May 28, 2009 8:26:11 AM


  10. I think that blacks and latinos should also have their rights to marry put up for a vote.

    Posted by: GREG | May 28, 2009 8:31:40 AM


  11. i'm so glad this was done

    Obama can only hide from us for so long - keep the pressure on

    Dan Choi is a true American hero

    Posted by: sundog | May 28, 2009 8:32:59 AM


  12. @GREG. why not the "white" marriages? huh? why only pick on 'black and latinos'. Whites voted against us too. 80% of white republicans voted against us So again, why say that only black and latino marriages to be put up for a vote while forgetting the white people who voted against us. Don't be a bigot while trying to fight bigotry. really.

    Posted by: Audrina | May 28, 2009 8:36:49 AM


  13. Nothing hotter than a man with a cause. That fist photo is amazing.

    Gay Power!

    Posted by: lodenmuse | May 28, 2009 8:46:09 AM


  14. Thank you Audrina. I'm getting sick of the latino this or black that. i thought the idea is to change their minds not to shun them. we are good people, lets not act like the right wing nutjobs

    Posted by: samsam | May 28, 2009 8:46:18 AM


  15. lol, meant "first" photo--but, that too... ;^)

    Posted by: lodenmuse | May 28, 2009 8:48:03 AM


  16. Thank you Andrew, Carolyne and Audrina.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | May 28, 2009 9:01:03 AM


  17. "Belt Loops" & misspelling ? Asian porn ?Dudes, are you for fucking real ? There's a fight going on.......stop dancing in the streets and get with the programme. (Sp. English not American !)

    Posted by: jackfkntwist | May 28, 2009 9:19:57 AM


  18. There's a huge civil rights movement happening on Obama's watch and he's totally missing in action. If he gets to the end of his first term in office without standing up he's going to be remembered in history as a bigot and a coward.

    Posted by: David | May 28, 2009 9:44:28 AM


  19. Lt. Choi's parents should be very proud of him. They're not, but they should be.

    Posted by: Thomasina | May 28, 2009 9:48:56 AM


  20. That Dan Choi is a stone cold fox. I'd eat him live. You'd think he would have landed a hotter boy friend, though. Just saying.

    Posted by: gwyneth cornrow | May 28, 2009 9:57:58 AM


  21. Also, Greg? You need help.

    Posted by: gwyneth cornrow | May 28, 2009 10:04:05 AM


  22. I think Choi is filling the gay-leadership void very well. I support the protests but also support the notion that Obama is going to come through for us. It's possible to want to remind him at the same time as you're thinking he is not the enemy. I take heart from Obama's words last night, "Los Angeles, ya ain't seen nothing yet." Sure, we could snark, "EXACCCTLY!" but I think he is telegraphing to us that he is aware of his promises and has a plan. Now, if he suddenly defends DOMA and never gets around to Don't Ask, Don't Tell, I'll get back to you!

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | May 28, 2009 10:14:53 AM


  23. It is really very sad that a guy like Ted Olsen and even Michelle McCain are more progressive on this issue than Obama. Our president is really missing the boat on this. He should be ashamed.y

    Posted by: Jersey | May 28, 2009 10:57:50 AM


  24. @ Matthew. My sentiments exactly.

    Posted by: Kugel | May 28, 2009 11:06:28 AM


  25. Reporter: Hi, there GLBT activist. you have worked hard, got the right folks elected and won several victories in Iowa, Vermont, etc, how does it feel?

    GLBT activist: not very good

    Reporter: Why?

    GLBT activist: I am breathing all these exhaust fumes after being thrown under the bus. And the view sucks too!

    Posted by: david in iowa | May 28, 2009 11:49:52 AM


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