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White House Confirms Monday LGBT Stonewall 'Celebration'

Following reports that surfaced over the weekend, the White House has confirmed that Obama has invited high-profile LGBT "families, volunteers and activists, and community leaders" to a "celebration" on Monday in honor of the Stonewall anniversary:

Whitehouse "The White House has not publicized the reception, and officials did not respond to e-mail requests for comment. But gay leaders from here and around the country said they had received either telephone calls from the White House or written invitations to the event, and were told Mr. Obama is expected to speak. Some said it would take more than a reception to change their view that Mr. Obama has not been aggressive enough in pursuing gay rights. ... Whether Mr. Obama will address the complaints at Monday’s reception is unclear. One person who received the invitation said the White House was billing the event as a celebration, akin to the festive affairs the administration holds on St. Patrick’s Day or Cinco de Mayo. Another said the invitation included an offer to bring a guest. 'They want people to understand that their partners are welcome,' said this person, speaking anonymously because the White House has not announced the event."

Meanwhile, today the White House held a conference call at 2 pm EDT today to discuss the situation regarding Thursday's DNC fundraiser and the anger that has erupted around it, Americablog reports:

"We had a report that one of the caucus members asked the White House Deputy Chief of staff and political director: 'What are we going to do about the blogs?'"

Another person on the call reported it as "a waste of time."

And clearly they have more than the blogs to be concerned about.

Dadt The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network announced today that they would have protesters outside the fundraiser. Writes executive director Aubrey Sarvis:

"SLDN will be outside boycotting the Democratic National Committee (DNC) LGBT event in Washington this Thursday. SLDN will be calling upon the President to end his silence on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." We will be wearing and handing out buttons with the number 265, representing the number of service members who will have been discharged this week since President Obama was sworn in. We do not, nor would we want to, dictate how members of our board or our Military Advisory Council make their political views known. However, I understand that two board members are attending the DNC event. I also understand they will be making their own spirited and creative statements once inside the room."

And for the record, the National Black Justice Coalition has dropped out of the fundraiser as well.

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  1. GREAT! How do I get a Visa for my Thai partner to come? OH I FORGOT! That's another issue that needs to be resolved by Congress. How silly of me.

    Well I guess I'll just go see what Adam Lambert and Bruno are doing. That'll make up for the lack of rights.

    Posted by: The Phoenix | Jun 23, 2009 5:01:38 AM

  2. KFLO: And if we smile and applaud when we're offered a baby olive branch, that's all we'll ever get from this administration.

    JIMSUR12: We've done the Human Rights Champagne Fund thing of polite networking, and it got us the Obama administration's DOMA brief. Time for another Stonewall uprising, not another cocktail party.

    Posted by: Conshieguy | Jun 23, 2009 5:57:17 AM

  3. I have to say this about the homosexual community...

    You'll get your rights when you've earned them and not a moment before.

    Posted by: The Phoenix | Jun 23, 2009 6:21:30 AM

  4. Jimsur212: You don't speak for me and neither does the HRC. You'll wait and wait and wait and attend innumerable cocktail parties and never resolve any issues for us because when you do there will be no need for the HRC anymore. Well we are sick and tired of waiting. We have gotten more done in two weeks than you and the HRC has on ten years! Get out of the way, WE'VE GOT BUSINESS TO ATTEND TO!

    Posted by: Junior | Jun 23, 2009 7:04:04 AM

  5. Thank God the protesters in Iran don't have Jimsur212's attitude.

    Posted by: Hank Drake | Jun 23, 2009 8:02:18 AM

  6. Criminy people! What to DO about the blogs? Does that not scare you a little? Bush and McCain did not have celebrations of our bondage, if you will, they actually put gay people in high posts in their admin and campaign. Reagan was the first to invite openly gay couples to the white house!
    Jimsur is not LCR, we don't defend people who patronize us and talk about what to 'do' about us. Of note, lcr people just spent five long weeks beating back oppressive bills in Louisiana in a bipartisan effort, and we think it has had results. People who love freedom, the essence of gay rights HAVE to transcend party. Republicans know they have to change to regain power, and that we mean business. Looks like Dems think gay people are pretty stupid, if a shiny party can derail the start of a badly needed awakening. I want life, liberty, and the free pursuit of happiness, among OTHER inalienable rights - for me and everone. And look, thig blog pisses me off sometimes, but I don't want to 'do' anything about it, just offer another point of view. On with the awakening and screw BO's closet 'Slumber Party'.

    Posted by: Ted | Jun 23, 2009 8:04:47 AM

  7. Andy, what about the LGBT fundraiser for Nancy Pelosi tomorrow night in DC? It is getting no coverage within the "blogs about which something MUST be done". Shouldn't we be protesting it too? She hasn't spoken out or spent any political capital for us in spite of representing the Castro district in Congress! She needs the heat turned up on her!

    Posted by: Yet another John | Jun 23, 2009 8:55:22 AM

  8. So why is GMHC STILL supporting this god awful Fundraiser?

    Can Anyone tell me Why GMHC is ?

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Jun 23, 2009 1:34:10 PM

  9. JIMSUR212: I sure am glad you weren't in charge of the civil rights movement. Imagine if Rosa Parks had not wanted to "shove it in their faces"?

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Jun 23, 2009 9:36:38 PM

  10. You know what they say about the type that's fun to party with, but you wouldn't introduce to them to your family and you certainly wouldn't marry them.

    Posted by: Miki Jackson | Jun 29, 2009 2:29:28 AM

  11. They want people to understand that their partners are welcome,' said this person, speaking anonymously because the White House has not announced the event."

    Posted by: Extenze | Feb 20, 2012 7:07:36 AM

  12. A "celebration" of Stonewall hosted by a president who is opposed to same-sex equality??? A "celebration" of Stonewall hosted by a President whose administration discharged hundreds of gays and lesbians since elected, whose DOJ defends our legal status as comparable to pedophiles and incestuous predators, who PROUDLY presents some federal employees with unequal, discriminatory sub-human employee partner benefits?

    Posted by: health fitness | Oct 5, 2012 1:49:36 AM

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