Gay is the least interesting thing about me except when I’m being denied my civil rights

I sat glued to my television. President Obama was addressing the nation in front of the United States Constitution at the National Archives. For sure I thought, he was going to announce an end to all the discrimination against those of us in the LGBT community. After all, he was talking about the rule of law. Here was our Constitution teacher-in-chief and he was going to end the unconstitutional policy of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Well… as I watched our President, followed by the former Vice President, it was obvious that no such pronouncements were to take place.

Yesterday, as I watched our first African American President nominate a Hispanic woman to the Supreme Court (imagine that 40 years ago!), and I thought, finally the time has come when he will use this historic moment to announce that gay Americans deserve the same civil rights granted all Americans and call for the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, actions promised during the campaign when we were asked to give money to see him elected.

But this was not that moment.

As a middle-age gay American, I’d like to think that being gay is the least interesting thing about me. But it’s not when I’m being denied the civil rights promised all Americans in the Constitution – liberty and justice for all. What part of all am I? The time for full equality for all is now. Separate is never equal. No delays. No Excuses.

On May 16-17 twenty-four committed donors, activists and thinkers from the LGBT community came together in Dallas and put together a document called – The Dallas Prinicples. I commend them for it. (more…)

21st Century Democracy


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[Please welcome Joel Silberman, a fantastic person and PFAW advocate.  And one of the most amazing people that I know.  — CHS]

America’s true democracy lives in a coffee house in the Adams Morgan section of DC. Tonight I am the guest of CNN where I’m in the company of some of the most read bloggers in the country. The election of 2006 will go down in history as a moment when the netroots changed America’s political conversation; when the mainstream moved from the far right of center to the center.

While Ned Lamont may have lost his race to be the Senator from Connecticut all Democrats who are winning tonight owe him a debt of gratitude for being the first candidate to make Iraq the center of this electoral season. And it was the blogosphere that fueled that conversation turning it into a referendum on accountability and the need for checks and balances on a President run amok.

When we win tonight we will see Democrats who are unapologetic progressives leading the way. And I believe this is only the edge of the progressive wave of people powered politics. I write tonight in (more…)