Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Obama Serves Up More Lip Service at Pride Reception

Citing a laundry list of his accomplishments on LGBT issues, President Obama hosted a reception last night in honor of Pride Month.
  • Matthew Shepherd Hate Crimes Act: Check, 
  • Domestic partner benefits for federal workers: Check
  • FMLA benefits for Lesbian and Gay parents: Check.

In light of the fact that we've heard this all before, what can I say that I haven't said before?

Yes, he's done more for LGBT Americans than any other president in the history of the US. Yes, he's got a lot on his plate, but it sort of comes with the job. He made lots of promises to the LGBT community in return for our support and he's been fiddle around for 18 months with his piecemeal approach to helping us achieve full equality.

In the following video, the Big O addresses the crowd made up of LGBT youth, like Constance McMillen, who sued her school for the right to attend her prom with her girlfriend and country music star Chely Wright, who recently came out as a lesbian. Also in the carefully selected crowd were leaders of state LGBT rights groups, but leaders from national groups, like HRC's Joe Solmonese and GetEqual's Robin McGehee were notably not invited.

Notice that when he talks about passing an inclusive ENDA, he says that no one should be fired for being gay, but leaves out gender expression or identity. Did Obama tip his hand? Are trans people being thrown under the bus? Stay tuned folks. This should be in interesting summer.

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1 comment:

  1. More pretty but empty words from our wuss of a president ! I'm so Sorry I ever voted for Obama and that's not a mistake I'll make again in 2012 ! He has done nothing ,but dance around our issues and thrown us crumbs calling it change ! well it's not change it's Incrementalism ! He's No Longer a visionary as when he was a candidate he's become a politician selling us down the river for this or that. He has proved NO real leadership on any of our issues choosing to not get involved and handing things off to some lackey who doesn't see things through . I'm through trusting the Democrats ! I'm through giving them my money what little of it there is ! I'm through believing and working to help them into office so they can turn around and screw me over !


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