White House to Fete Power Gays at End-of-Month Dinner?
Americablog reports that the White House is throwing a month-end cocktail/dinner party for 'A-gays' in order to smooth over the events of the last couple of weeks.
Michelangelo Signorile writes: "It's another photo-op in which everyone -- the president and the gays -- can look happy and like they're having fun, but more so, it's a way for the White House to wank off the gay leaders a bit while still not delivering. None of them should fall for it -- and that means they should not attend this event -- not the least of all the Human Rights Campaign. We don't want cocktails for high-paid gay and lesbians lobbyists and executive directors looking to schmooze and feel important. We want action on our rights, and at this point it means DOMA and DADT."
And former New York Blade editor Trenton Straube adds: "There are many problems with our leaders playing along with the Obama game. It comes at a time of blatant attacks against us. We are not upset over mere inaction or simply ignoring our demands—we are angered over aggressive steps against us, such as continuing dismissals under DADT and filing then supporting a hateful DOMA brief—and then lying about having to do it. This is not acceptable. Furthermore, the message that mom and pop pick up from the general media is this: Obama has extended rights to gays. Yay! And in regards to DOMA, while on the campaign trail, Obama stated he was for civil unions, not gay marriage; therefore the gays have no right to get upset because has clear about his position from the beginning. Mainstream media outlets offer no context and nuance. We need leaders out there fighting for us, getting the clear message to the masses and putting the heat on the White House."
In a Washington Post column, Jonathan Capehart urges people to direct their anger and energy at Congress rather than the White House:
"Frustration with the brief and with the administration's inaction so far on big issues such as overturning DOMA and the ban on gays serving openly in the military is understandable. Making Obama out to be a sworn enemy of gay and lesbian civil rights is not. On Wednesday, he signed a memorandum extending a number of benefits to the partners of gay federal employees. This was the culmination of work that began in December. For the first time, not only did a sitting president utter the acronym "LGBT," for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, but it was also the first-ever spoken recognition of transgender Americans by their president...If gays and lesbians want big victories, such as the repeal of DOMA and the "don't ask don't tell" policy, they should focus their fire where it belongs: on Congress."
And Pam Spaulding weighs in on all of it.