Note to our friends in the media. This is a story deserving a little national attention. It seems the Obama folks have gotten to the mainstream media – you’ll note that practically none of the corporate media are covering the growing rupture between Obama and the gay community other than on their blogs, even after HRC sent probably the first chastising letter to a Democratic president since 1996 (and reporters always have told me in the past, it’s not a story until HRC weighs in – well now they have, twice). Guess that means we’ll just have to ramp up the pain.
Speaking of pain, I contacted top gay blogger Andy Towle today to ask if he’d be attending the big gay fundraiser the DNC was holding later this month with VP Biden as the special guest. Andy was on a list I’d seen of already committed attendees. Andy told me that he had already contacted the DNC to say that he wouldn’t be attending at this time (yet another reason we like Andy and his blog). The DNC had planned to raise a lot of money from gay A-listers by coinciding this fundraiser with the 40th anniversary of Stonewall. Instead, the DNC may be about to witness Stonewall 2.0.
(Oddly, we’ve heard nothing in four days, since the DOMA brief scandal broke, from gay congressional leaders – Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin, and Jared Polis – all of whom are hosting this rather ill-timed and inappropriate Democratic effort to milk money from our community at the same time Democrats are equating us with incest and not lifting a finger on any of our legislation priorities in Congress or the White House. It’s not awfully clear why any gay person would give a Democrat a dime ever again. Check back, we’ll be updating you daily on whether Barney, Tammy and Jared ever decide to say boo about the hate brief and their role in this fundraiser that is quickly turning into a major fiasco for the Democratic party.)
Andy’s news comes on the heel of word that veteran gay advocate, and longtime friend of Bill Clinton, David Mixner is pulling out the fundraiser as well. David wrote one hell of an essay this weekend about the hateful DOMA brief the Obama administration submitted late Thursday night. David is an amazing person. I met him for the first time when I was sitting in Senator Moseley-Braun’s office, back in like 1993, waiting for a friend who worked there. David walked in for a meeting with someone, I recognized him, and walked up and introduced myself, and thanked him for standing up to President Clinton on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. We talked for, what, 20 seconds? The next time I saw David was easily a good five years later. He immediately recognized me and said “I met you at Senator Moseley-Braun’s office!” He is one scary dude. :-)
Here is a very long excerpt from David’s essay:
You fully need to understand the ramifications of this brief: it undercuts every conceivable argument that the LGBT community would use to fight for the repeal of DOMA. Right-wing nut cases can now just simply quote horrible stuff from this hateful brief and proclaim loudly it was filed by the Obama Justice Department. The President and his team have not only undercut this community but have damaged his own ability to repeal this hideous law given to us by President Clinton. With Democratic friends like these, God helps us.
I will not attend a fundraiser for the National Democratic Party in Washington next week when the current administration is responsible for these kind of actions. How will they ever take us seriously if we keep forking out money while they harm us. For now on, my money is going to battles within the community such as the fight in Maine or the March on Washington! I am so tired of being told by Democratic operatives to ‘suck it up’ because so many other profound issues are at stake. It is as if our fight for our freedom is single handedly responsible for the fate of all other issues. Bullshit. Maybe, just maybe, it is time for others to ‘suck it up’ for us and finally, without conditions, join our fight for our freedom!
Just in case you think I am overreacting, take a look at a sampling of the reaction around the community in the previous post.. Even HRC and The Task Force issued strong statements against the brief and they are to be commended for doing so. Americablog.com broke the story and they deserve enormous credit for their excellence.
President Obama, even Dick Cheney is for marriage equality. Please don’t try to placate us with actions already taken 16 years ago by President Clinton. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton might be able to help you find the way since she has already written a policy for your approval ending discrimination in her agency. This community is no longer interested in hearing one more time your personal beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman. We want you to rise above your own beliefs and hear you articulate a powerful vision of full equality for LGBT Americans. You must come out for a full, not partial, repeal of DOMA and liberate our brave LGBT soldiers fighting to protect America in order to restore our faith in you and your leadership.
We want to believe; give us a reason.