First Thoughts on Obama’s HRC Speech

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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.

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  • I was hoping for a timeline yes. But that was not the only problem with the speech. It was an extraordinary speech and motivating and I am grateful. Yet disappointed with what some of language denotes e.g. In relation to fed benefits he said “As much as the law will allow..” well with DOMA law allows none. Then he said Repeal of Doma and mentioned a Domestic Partners Act. That could mean a million different things when it boils down to verbiage. SO we never heard anything new in reality – same as campaign promises and no support of LG marriage. I analyse further on my blog at http://www.oblogdeeoblogda.wordpress. com or at http://lezgetreal.com/?p=22171

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