Dear Dems: We need to talk. Love, the Gays

ACTION: Sign our open letter to the Dems on ENDA and repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell!

All across the blogopshere and offline too, anger has been simmering at both the likelihood of many Democrats to vote against a base constituency of their party – namely, gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people. Despite large majorities of the public supporting an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, there has been failure to deliver on it. Markup on ENDA has been put off several times. There is still no vote scheduled. Lots of Blue Dogs like Heath Shuler are considering voting against it or say now is not the time, knowing full well we won’t have a chance after the midterm. The Administration hasn’t lifted a finger to help on the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and even actively opposed Congressional repeal efforts via the Gates letter.

So, AMERICAblog is joining with our friends at OpenLeft, the Courage Campaign, to write an open letter on behalf of the gay community to Dems who are considering throwing us under the bus. Click here to read and sign it.

We will deliver your signatures to Democratic Party leadership. This goes for straight allies out there too- we have to support each other.

It is still legal for me, as a gay man, to be fired in 29 states because I’m gay. For someone who is transgender, that goes up to 38 states. That’s over half the Union. I also can’t join the military. That needs to change this year, and it needs to start with moving ENDA and following through on promises to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. And those have to start with the Democrats- it has to start with Dems like Heath Shuler taking a stand for LGBT people and it has to start with the Democratic leadership in Congress AND the White House.

Otherwise, as the title of this post suggests, this relationship isn’t working out, and that will be apparent come November, as LGBT individuals all across the country are wondering where our fierce advocate is in the White House and when Congressional Democrats will keep their promises.

Click here to read and sign our open letter asking Dems to keep their promises and get it done.

PS Here’s exactly what we’re talking about. This relationship is feeling like a one-way street.

Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown (1989); and worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, and as a stringer for the Economist. Frequent TV pundit: O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline & Reliable Sources. Bio, .

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