After a wonderful long day in Washington, DC participating in activities for the National Equality March, I settled in on my friend’s couch to listen to the President’s speech to HRC tonight.
Things I liked:
» Vocal support for HIV issues.
» The fact that a young queer person in USA can see a supportive President.
Things I didn’t like:
» No mention of the word “marriage,” let alone “marriage equality.” That’s a cop out, Obama.
» No mention of Maine.
» No mention of Washington state.
» No mention of gender identity or any issues related to Trans identities.
» No new commitment to action or raising of expectations, just a laundry list of small accomplishments and stump speech empty promises.
You can bet I am still quite eager to march. I am not impressed by Obama’s speech; it felt patronizing. I don’t need to be reminded of what our President supports; I need to know what he is going to do and when, and I have no new knowledge in that regard.
We need full equality now, and that’s what I’ll be marching for.