LGBT Rights

Posted by Katherine | May 15, 2008 – 6:51 pm

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender rights, like abortion, is one of those normally core political issues that hasn’t broken through into high visibility in this presidential race. Yet, anyway. Online, though, you can of course find riches. Let’s start by rewinding a few months to New Hampshire, where Dennis Kucinich was approached by Harvard student Jenna Mellor. Jenna reports for H Bomb, Harvard’s on-again-off-again sex magazine. After a brief chat with two British men about Edwards and gay marriage, she prompts Kucinich to talk about sexuality and politics (hat tip to Larissa Zhou):

She’s smitten!

Sassy from Park Slope in Brooklyn was also smitten, two months ago, with one of the candidates. She was thrilled to attend an Obama reception in Chelsea “aimed at the LGBT community, and also for people who had donated $2300″ — random combination, no? As a straight non-donor, she was “crashing on multiple counts.” She describes the night so humorously (read the whole post, found by Misa Dayson), it’s worth one quick digression, a description of the moment Obama began talking:

I found myself in my first ever Caucasian gospel church.

As you probably know, white people don’t tend to make noise in church. They sit quietly and sing their hymns and that’s that. But when Obama started to speak, it was like there was a fever in the room. Men in suits were swaying and nodding as they attempted to take photos with their iPhones. Women stood barefoot on chairs, shouting “That’s right!” after every articulate point the senator made. Murmurs would rise and fall like waves. I almost expected people to start fanning themselves and crying out “Amen!” And, you know, I guess white people have as much of a right to do that as anyone, but it just looked so funny.

But back to gay rights. This was Sassy’s takeaway:

Barack spoke and was very good and funny and articulate. He spoke a lot about gay rights and concerns that the LGBT community might have, in a way that was very real. He said he has always voted in support of civil unions but doesn’t think it’s realistic that there will be a national law legalizing same-sex marriage anytime soon. “I know I’m in no position to tell anyone to be patient,” he said, “But politically I don’t think we have a majority right now.” I appreciated that he was honest and wasn’t making empty promises. He didn’t use sound bites and it felt like he was thinking about his answers.

She also took home an Obama cupcake to feed to her husband.


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