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Obama LGBT Video Narrated by Jane Lynch Caps Outreach Effort Launched Today: VIDEO


A new video from the Obama campaign narrated by Jane Lynch highlights the President's LGBT accomplishments from the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to hate crimes, to why he supports marriage equality. The video also looks forward at what’s at stake for the LGBT community in this election.

LgbtobamaThe video caps a major outreach to LGBT voters launched today which includes a new 'LGBT Americans for Obama' website which you can visit HERE.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Earlier today on a conference call, the Obama campaign  noted that LGBT Americans for Obama is launching with trainings, phone banks and house parties in a number of states including Pennsylvania, Colorado, Nevada and Michigan. Grassroots LGBT volunteers will organize neighborhood by neighborhood and block by block, talking to their friends, family and coworkers.

Said LGBT Vote Director Jamie Citron:

“To kick off our efforts yesterday, in honor of Harvey Milk Day, OFA held LGBT focused voter registration drives across the country. Harvey was a strong believer in the power of the ballot box, a belief that President Obama also shares. The President knows the importance of making sure our voices are heard in November and to that end we will continue to make voter registration and volunteer recruitment a top priority through Pride month and into the fall.”

HRC President Joe Solmonese was on the call, and wearing two hats, as MetroWeekly's Chris Geidner notes. Solmonese is one of the co-chairs for the campaign for President Obama's re-election.

Solmonese responded generally, talking about collective decision-making regarding priorities, but did specifically mention the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act as "landmark issues" that remain to be addressed.

"One of the things I've really been inspired by the president and the administration -- and this goes back to the days that we met with them in the transition offices before we were in the White House, and quite frankly, it goes back to during the campaign in the general election -- one of the things that was always clear to me, and it came from the president, was that the agenda was really a collective conversation between the president and the administration, us as a community and our allies on Capitol Hill in the House and the Senate," he said. "And that collective agreement and collective sense of where we were had everything to do with why we moved hate crimes first, we moved 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' second. So, I think that collective understanding of where we're going is how we're really going to shape the agenda for the next administration.

"Obviously, we have landmark issues that we need to continue to address, continue to move on, like the repeal of DOMA, like the passage of a fully inclusive ENDA.

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Watch the new Obama LGBT video narrated by Jane Lynch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. If Romney is elected the clock will be turned back on gay rights for at least 30 years. The Supreme Court is in play. The religious right will exact their revenge for whatever advances have been made. Just look at all the anti-gay legislation that has been bubbling up in statehouses across the land since the mid-term debacle of 2010. We must get Obama reelected. If not, get your passports ready. It's going to get very, very ugly here for LGBT Americans. Personally, I will be moving back to France for good. Get over whatever petty criticisms you have of Obama. It's do or die.

    Posted by: candide001 | May 23, 2012 6:09:07 PM

  2. Candide I could not agree more!!!

    Posted by: Justin | May 23, 2012 6:32:27 PM

  3. @Justin That's why at this moment in time we need EXTREME political discipline to support this president. We must come down very, very harshly on the sort of self-serving narcissism that Cory Booker displayed last Sunday. It's because of the right wing's superior political discipline, that they continue to wield political power that is disproportionate to their actual popular support. The religious right hates us. We must give no quarter to the LGBT quislings and the LGBT quisling supporters like Booker who criticize Obama on anything whatsoever. The religious right has mastered the art of holding their nose when there is a less-than-perfect candidate. We liberals and progressives need to learn from our enemies that level of political discipline. We must display a vigorous, united front. Screw Cory Booker.

    Posted by: candide001 | May 23, 2012 6:46:26 PM

  4. You guys are right. It is time to knuckle down, stop infighting, and elect Obama.

    Because when you say "look at all the anti-gay legislation that has been bubbling up in statehouses " that is an understatement. ANTI-GAY BIGOTS HAVE WON in over 30 out of 50 States.

    It's easy to point and laugh at the rabid, ignorant hate-Pastors out of North Carolina who want new Nuremberg Laws for homos to make us second-class citizens, but guess what? They WON!


    Posted by: Strepsi | May 23, 2012 6:54:46 PM

  5. @strepsi

    You are correct. We MUST stop this in-fighting and quibbling. This really is a life-and-death moment in our struggle for equality. The contrast could not be clearer. Again, we must vigorously shout down those quislings among us who seek to detract from Obama. We must have the maturity to overcome any former grudges and disappointments we may have with him. He has clearly proven himself to be the most LGBT-supportive president ever.

    We must especially work to join our cause with that of the 99% versus the 1%. That's why Cory Booker's narcissistic performance this weekend is such a serious matter to which we must have the strongest possible condemnation. We need to unite all groups that are targets of GOP oppression--women, Latinos, blacks, LGBTs, the 99%. For the moment, if you're unhappy about something Obama has done, just STFU.

    At this historical juncture for the gay rights movement, when menaced by the possibility of a religious-right Supreme Court for 30 years, we need to remember Churchill's words:

    "Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old."

    But we must not allow the quislings who regularly post here and on other prominent LGBT sites to prevail. They are the enemy within.

    Posted by: candide001 | May 23, 2012 7:28:35 PM

  6. The next president will likely appoint 2 new Supreme Court Justices. If Romney is president the court will be solid conservative for the next 30 years.

    You guys are right. We all need to get over whatever critiques we have of Obama and look at the bigger picture. Do we want Hope or do we want oppression?

    Posted by: Lucas | May 23, 2012 7:29:37 PM

  7. Agree with everything that's been said here. Let's not kid ourselves...with Romney's ties to the Mormon Church, and NOM...a President Romney would be a complete disaster for LGBT Americans.

    Posted by: Terry | May 23, 2012 7:35:50 PM

  8. Doesn't Obama already have the gay vote? Why keep preaching to the choir?

    Posted by: Inside | May 23, 2012 7:36:22 PM

  9. FIRED UP!

    Posted by: Derek in Madison | May 23, 2012 7:41:22 PM

  10. Yeah, it's gonna take a whole lot more than just the gays and even just the gays and the blacks to re-elect Obama. What's the percentage of gays who will be voting for Romney without us lifting a finger? Can't even be measured. I doubt he's going to be losing much of the liberal or progressive vote either. So, does anybody in any swing states know any so-called Independents?

    It's maddeningly impotent to be a gay progressive in California. There's nothing I can do to stop Obama from winning this state. And I have very little influence in Ohio.

    Posted by: Zlick | May 23, 2012 7:44:32 PM

  11. Hi @INSIDE, I don't know, I have lived 43 years with presidents who have watched us drop dead from AIDS, try to get Federal marriage amendments passed and who have legislated within in an inch of our lives, DADT DOMA etc. President Obama can mention the gays and how we deserve our rights as many times as he wants, THE WORLD listens to him and HE IS CHANGING MINDS!!! He is also making change. He has proven to me he deserves the gay vote.

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | May 23, 2012 7:59:45 PM

  12. Inside -- believe it or not, there are still a lot of skeptical and bitter gays who are voting against their own well being to preserve their prejudices. Obama might win the gay vote overall, but we need EVERY vote.

    Posted by: Gregoire | May 23, 2012 8:07:14 PM

  13. @inside

    I guess you didn't get the memo. 2010 exit polls showed 30% of LGBTs voted Republican. You're exactly the clueless LGBT who doesn't seem to appreciate the urgency of this election.

    Posted by: candide001 | May 23, 2012 8:09:37 PM

  14. He's got my vote, my husbands vote and anyone else I can drag with me. Without BO, we're screwed and we know it. These postings are great...let's stick together and make this happen.

    Posted by: Paul B. | May 23, 2012 8:11:41 PM

  15. @Paul B.

    Absolutely. Be disciplined and shout down all those quislings and NOM plants who will be posting between now and November. We cannot afford to be passive.

    Posted by: candide001 | May 23, 2012 8:30:56 PM

  16. If there is a single LGBT person who does not vote for Obama in Nov 2012 and contribute to his campaign and volunteer when possible, he/she should hang their head in shame. What we are being asked to choose between is continuing our march towards equality and the Taliban Lite modern republican party. If elected Romney will appoint judicial activists right wingers to the U S Supreme Court who will vote to "keep us in our place for the next generation." Don't kid yourselves it is do or die time.

    Posted by: andrew | May 23, 2012 8:45:26 PM

  17. I live in the deep south so my vote won't count for much but I will definitely be donating to help.

    Posted by: pinsandneedles | May 23, 2012 8:47:00 PM

  18. I absolutely agree with the posters above - this is as much a 'do or die' situation as any I've ever seen.

    It's not just the LGBT vote we need to shore up - we need to talk to our friends, our loved ones, and anyone in our social circles.

    Show them the concrete evidence of the rabid anti-Gay organizations backing Romney. Show them the NOM 'pledge' that Romney signed, that didn't just call for a Federal Marriage Ban, but 'committees' dedicated to nothing other than going after LGBT folk and our allies for pushing back against extremist 'Christians'. The other side has nothing but rhetoric and bombast - but that side is VERY loud. We must combat that with facts - cold, hard facts, of what we stand to lose if Romney becomes President. When people try to hide behind the 'well this is just going against homosexuality' ask them, 'So these anti-homosexuality laws won't affect me personally, since I am a homosexual? Why wouldn't anti-homosexuality laws target me personally because I'm a homosexual?'

    There's tons of evidence out there available to craft a strong argument against Romney becoming president... or Republicans becoming the majority party in Congress, for that matter. We just have to use it - and be prepared for all the neocon tactics we always see - moving the goalposts, false equivalency, slippery slope fallacies and religious freedom vs. civil law. And do it again. And again. And again.

    Posted by: Oz in OK | May 23, 2012 9:18:55 PM

  19. President Obama is my hero.

    Posted by: Jacques Rosas | May 23, 2012 10:33:48 PM

  20. FIRED UP!!!!!

    Posted by: Jacques Rosas | May 23, 2012 10:34:35 PM

  21. I am beginning my contingency plan in career for the chance that Romney gets elected. The way I see it is if he gets elected we're going to see a rise of some kind of neo-fascism in this country with Romney one of the last strongly powered president. I think he will give more power to private corporations and put in place measures for an already wealthy oligarchy to amass even more resources and wealth outside of the reaches of the state (since they're already making it tax free and keeping it in foreign accounts).

    After he "fixes" government to allow corporations more power I think he will see to it that the US government/the state has a lot less power to reverse his changes. All the while I don't think they will directly do as much state sanctioned genocide but I also think the feds would turn a blind eye because "hey, it's not the feds' job to tell states what to do"

    It's all gotten a lot more real with recent events and that NC pastor... I think it's going to get crazier/worse before it gets better, please prove me wrong America

    Posted by: MaddM@ | May 23, 2012 11:09:57 PM

  22. forgot to say... Will be escaping to Canada, eh?

    Posted by: MaddM@ | May 23, 2012 11:10:52 PM

  23. @Maddm@ You are exactly correct in your fears. It will be a Sarah Palin sort of creationist/anti-gay nightmare that will descend on the country. As someone with dual French-American citizenship, I too am making my preparations for relocation. The alarming betrayal by Cory Booker this weekend has increased my fears that Obama has lost control. The situation is so serious that countenancing any of the anti-Obama rhetoric that a few quislings indulge in on this site simply cannot be tolerated.

    Posted by: candide001 | May 23, 2012 11:25:17 PM

  24. Granted Obama finally did the right thing and supported gay marriage. That doesn't mean that you should support Obama. If Muammar Gaddafi had supported gay marriage would you have voted for him too? American idiots, you lot. You're as one dimensional and shallow as your education system.

    Posted by: screech | May 24, 2012 1:47:48 AM

  25. I'm concerned about use of the term LGBT.

    Beyond the label LGBT, and the brief mention of gender identity when talking about the hate crime law, was there any other T content in the video?

    Were any trans people in the video?

    What do trans people think of it?

    Posted by: Randy | May 24, 2012 2:23:45 AM

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