The closest it comes to LGBT issues is “Equal rights for all.” But that’s so vague it’s meaningless. The dumbest right-wing, Bachmannite freeper who wants to round up gays and shove us in prison could claim he supports equal rights for all (“But there ain’t no right to sodomy! Or to pervert marriage, neither!”).
The survey goes into further detail on some of these issues. It asks about things like:
- Which segments of the economy need the most help
- Cost of prescription medicine
- Increasing Pell grants
- Raising gas mileage standards
You know what they don’t ask about?
- Immigration reform for spouses of LGBT Americans
- Statewide battles for marriage equality.
In fact, they don’t ask any specific questions on “Equal rights for all.” We’re literally not on their list of priorities.
David Mixner, Americablog.com, and a good many others are refusing to fund the party until the it takes stronger action on LGBT issues. I’ve been uncertain about that. After all, Obama inherited a country stuck in two wars and economic crisis. But you know, he was aware of that when he made promises to our community. I was infuriatied when the party sent a pre-election mailer out to Maine voters that didn’t mention Prop 1. And I felt betrayed by the Administration’s silence on the issue. And I’m tired of endless delays on DADT, despite public support, even among conservatives.
And now this.
What could the Democratic party leadership be thinking? The most charitable notion is that they’re protecting us: They fear we wouldn’t do well in a survey, so they’re making us invisible, pushing us back in the closet for our own good. That strategy, though, would have us living like it’s 1962, when we could quietly go about our lives in silence, fear, and occasional violence, as long as we kept to the shadows. The key to changing that world was being open about our lives.
It’s not 1962. We’re not invisible. And I’m not going back into the closet for anybody. This GayTM is closed.