The President claims he's a "fierce advocate" for The Gays. Uh, sure. There has been too little action from the White House over LGBT issues -- except for the much-discussed DOJ brief that seems like it was airlifted out of the last Administration.
I'm not keen to wait. American history shows that those who wait die ignored, and often bitter. I'd rather fight.
I've heard some say that the President is implicitly forcing the LGBT community (to do list: come up with better name) to force him into action. It galls me, but that's how the game is played.
- No money for Democrats. I'm talking to you straight allies. No money. And say why. I mean it. This is the time in the process that straight liberals tend to get weak knees. Don't cave.
- Give money instead to LGBT 501(c)(4) organizations. They're the ones who can engage in grassroots activism more effectively. Lobbying rules inhibit 501(c)(3) charities, and the (c)(4)s -- because donations to them are not tax-deductible -- have a harder time raising funds.
- Let's not expend (too much) political capital on DADT. An unpopular though, perhaps, but that's something the Administration should be able to do on its own because it has broad popular and increasing military support. Repealing DOMA and LGBT immigration reform is a harder sell.
I made a small donation to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, the (c)(4) twin to the (c)(3) National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and would like you to give money, too.
And then be prepared to call, email and fax your members of Congress and the White House.