Monday, October 12, 2009

National WEquality March - Reflections the Day After

While it is not fully official, Metro Police officials off the record are saying the march was more like 250,000 people. Just so you all know. Amazing, truly amazing! Take that Barney Frank.

David Mixner

Cast of Hair

The blogosphere seems full of accounts of bloggers doubting Obama's commitment to the issue of LGBT rights. And on this issue, just as in the botched health care reform fight, Obama appears to be his own worse enemy. Frankly, he does not seem to get the fact that how one leads as a senator in Congress and how one leads as president of the nation are two VERY different things. I'm afraid we are going to continue seeing bungled messages and many instances where opportunities to use the bully pulpit of the presidency are are passed up and opponents to progress will be allowed to win out. A common message given by speakers yesterday is that we who are pushing for full LGBT equality NOW are on the right side of history. Those who embrace hand wringing and incrementalism at the pace of a crippled snail are not. For all his pretty words, Obama and the weak kneed Congressional Democrats are not on the right side of history and will someday be judge accordingly. There are some great clips up on You Tube of some of the speakers yesterday, and I am posting a few so that readers can hear the messages themselves.




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