bittersweet election night for LGBT community

November 10, 2008

It was a bitter-sweet night on November 4th. Along with electing a president that defied all odds, parts of the US voted to deny equality to lesbians and gays. These types of decisions always beg the question: should the majority be able to take away the rights of the minority? I think it depends . . .

I don’t think many would argue with the majority taking away the Neo-Nazi’s right to promote hatred or the multinational corporation’s right to indiscriminately pollute the environment. That’s why it depends on what the issue is. I have a rule that has served me well so far – anything is fine as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else.

To add complexity to this situation, some in the LGBT community suspect that their support for Barack Obama was not reciprocated by African Americans when it came to defeating proposition 8 in California. The reaction of some is to blame Obama for California, Arizona and Florida. Others have turned to more insidious and divisive racism to pay back the blatant homophobia. I doubt that many of these people voted for Obama only to support African Americans, but the sense of betrayal still cuts.

I support Barack Obama who has broken enormous barriers by becoming the first black US president. I also support full rights to the LGBT community (and many other discriminated groups), and I feel that Obama should promote this publicly – even though it will not be popular. I do not support the divisive actions under the guise of family values or the reactionary racism that has entailed. People have to find a way to get together and find out how similar their plights really are. This is the time to unite – however painful that may be.


2 Responses to “bittersweet election night for LGBT community”

  1. kickingalion Says:

    For information on Prop 8/Gay Rights boycotts, marches, letter writing campaigns and more, visit

  2. Simply put – the Mormons have proved with their complete obsession with PROP 8 to be a Tax-Exempt Hate Group.

    Heterosexuals – You better wake up. Instead of pondering a cerebral concept like how gays want the “1,138 rights of marriage”, you need to educate yourselves about the CONSEQUENCES when one or more of those 1,138 rights are denied. GOOGLE “Freeheld” or “Tying the Knot”; watch the DVDs. Write it down now.

    Your laws HATE us, and we’ve had it! Yes, I did said HATE – I stand by it. Because how else can you explain these 3 realities?:

    A police woman loses her life in the line of duty; her wife of 13 years is denied all pension benefits.

    A rancher loses his husband of 22 years; his inlaws evict him and try to take the home he built and lived in with his beloved.

    A detective spends 25 years risking her own life while protecting society; she has to spend her remaining days on this earth worrying whether her earned pension will be transferred to her wife (while living with terminal cancer).

    YES, H-A-T-E. And your silence on this matter is a serious affront to our families’s safety and security. FAMILY – isn’t that a cherished concept in the U.S.A.?

    So now after decades of disinterest, some of us in the LGBTI community have AWAKENED. And we will refuse to pay one penny of income tax to the IRS until the government (i.e. – you) decide you WANT our tax dollars as EQUAL CITIZENS.

    This ain’t a vote.
    This ain’t a debate.
    This ain’t a popularity contest.

    You will PAY OUR TAXES until we have what your family ALREADY HAS; your apathy is costing you money as you read this.


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