LGBT issues

Michelle Obama’s Response to Gay Protester; Hillary Clinton Supports Gay Marriage

First Lady Michelle Obama’s response to a gay protester who heckled her during a Democratic fundraiser was reported in many different ways today, and I’ve been inundated with e-mails from friends in the LGBT community about it.

Obama was 12 minutes into a planned 20-minute speech at a couple’s home when a woman standing at the front of the small crowd interrupted, demanding that President Barack Obama sign an executive order on gay rights.

“One of the things I don’t do well is this,” the first lady said before walking down from the lectern and approaching the protester, according to a pool reporter covering the event.

Obama told the woman that people gathered in the backyard tent could “listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving,” before telling the crowd, “You all decide. You have one choice.”

Well.

You can read more here.

Hillary Clinton Supports Gay Marriage

Former First Lady and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, posted a video on Youtube in support of Gay Marriage this month. You can view it with a link below, and I’ve posted it to the blog post previous to this one if you scroll down.

“LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones,” said Clinton. “They are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage.”

The announcement from Clinton comes just after a high profile Republican, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, announced his experience with his gay son had led him to support same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court is set to hear challenges to California’s Prop. 8., which banned same-sex marriage in that state, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which was signed into law by former President Bill Clinton and denies to same-sex couples survivor benefits and other federal preferences for married heterosexual couples.

Former President Clinton, Hillary Clinton’s husband, and their daughter Chelsea had endorsed gay marriage in recent years, but Hillary Clinton, who was serving as the nation’s top diplomat, had not. As a presidential candidate in 2008 Clinton opposed same-sex marriage but endorsed civil unions for same-sex couples.

It’s nice to see that kind of support starting to surface so openly, especially from someone like Hillary Clinton who really doesn’t have to come out and support anyone or anything at this point in time.

Here’s the article in full, where you can also view the video.

Fred Karger: Openly Gay and Running for President

In case you haven’t heard, there’s an openly gay man running for President of the United States this time. And I’m posting the facts about him without offering any opinions yet.

And that’s because I’m an independent and I’ve never voted along party lines in my life. If there was an election tomorrow, I can honestly say I’m not sure how I would vote. It’s all so dismal at this point I wouldn’t know how to pull the lever.

But when I see something different that might be of interest to the LGBT community, I want to share. Here’s a link to how Fred Karger stands on more than one issue. He seems legit to me. In fact, I’m more than interested in listening to what he has to say…speaking from an independent, bipartisan POV. There’s a Fred Karger “event” on December 15th and I’m seriously thinking about going.

I’d be lying if I said this one issue below isn’t something I care deeply about. It’s also something I consider when it’s time to vote. And frankly, the current administration has left me less than satisfied…and I thought they were the ones who were supposed to be on my side.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights

I am the only candidate for president who supports full equality for all Americans

Southern Republican Leadership Conference, New Orleans, LA – LGBTPOV. April 11, 2010:

“I will work hard to end to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, pass the federal Employment Anti-Discrimination law (ENDA), eliminate the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), make Gay Marriage the law of the land and make finding a cure for HIV / AIDS and a vaccine to prevent HIV a new national priority.”

Huffington Post – December 24, 2010:

“President Obama, Evolve Already… Gay marriage sends a very loud and clear message to LGBT youth that they are equal.”

Rhode Island and Gay Rights…

Every once in a while, I’ll post something political I think is interesting. Here’s a link to a piece I pilfered from gayagenda.com, about gay rights, the Gov. of RI, and more.

These are the things I normally just take for granted. And I’m finding that by re-posting some of them, it keeps people aware without getting too heavily into politics. For me it’s particularly interesting because I happen to love RI. It’s a beautiful state and I’ve met many wonderful, interesting men from RI on trips to P’town.

http://www.gayagenda.com/2009/11/rhode-island-gov-flip-flops-on-gay-rights/