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    June 29, 2009

    White House hosts gay reception today

    Posted by: Andoni

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    UPDATE:  Watch a video of the speech here.

    To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Stonewall, President Obama has invited 250 LGBT leaders from across the country to the White House for a cocktail reception today. Brian Bond, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, makes note of this event on the official White House web page. And if you wish to be a witness to history, you can tune in to a live stream of the event here starting at 4:25 pm.

    Can anyone imagine such an event ever taking place under President Bush? The message that this event sends to the American people is incalculable. President Obama is saying that LGBT Americans are a valued part of the American fabric. Certainly there is a lot of work to be done to achieve equality, but this is definitely a good first step. I thank the president and look forward to his leadership on ensuring that gay America gains its equality during his administration.

    Now for the second step..........

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    1. jimmyjazz on Jun 30, 2009 4:48:23 PM:

      Oh come on! Don't you think the President is just paying lip service? Why hasn't the military ban been struck down and why hasn't the Matthew Shepard Act made it to the Senate before they leave for their undeserved summer recess? Just because he appears to be more Gay friendly than Bush doesn't mean he will be. I guess time will tell. And if things don't shape up in four years I for one will be supporting another candidate.

    1. W on Jun 30, 2009 10:29:04 PM:

      Very good news to hear. He now needs to take it a step further: gay marriage, ending workplace discrimination, etc. How we tolerate any inequality in America is appalling. Hopefully the president can address such issues, otherwise he is not much better than Bush.

      -W
      http://bill84121.blogspot.com

    1. keith on Jul 1, 2009 12:54:20 AM:

      Oh please. This reception and 50 cents will buy me ....what.....? Nothing.

      I guess I want to know if Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid were there talking about what the hell they are doing.

    1. michael on Jul 1, 2009 12:59:32 AM:

      Have i missed something? Was there a rainbow flag flying at the White House as well? There a photo op i missed.

    1. Kary on Jul 2, 2009 4:06:53 PM:

      Dear DNC:

      I truly "support" Democrats being elected in 2010 and 2012. I am a "fierce advocate" of the Democratic Party after all. I know that I have promised you my support over the past few decades and have done my best to follow through.

      Even now I am "working towards" a financial donation to the Party. I do have to ask for your "patience" though, because as a gay man, my family and I are still second class citizens and are having to funnel our resources towards causes that protect and honor our basic civil rights. "We have a lot on our plate."

      We are "proceeding" towards lifting the denial of funds to the DNC and are "developing a strategy" that will get us there by the end of Obama's time at the White House. As a matter of fact, my family has planned several "meetings" to discuss these very important donations and will be sending out a press release shortly to announce our "cocktail party" celebrating Democracy.

      Thanks for understanding. And hang in there!

      Sincerely,

      Liam

      (A letter from Liam in comments section of salon.com, ref Obama's Gay Cocktail party)

    1. InExile on Jul 3, 2009 9:22:42 AM:

      This was just a cocktail reception with more words, nothing more! This is of coarse nothing new for President Obama the great orator, the same words were used during his campaign. Unfortunately, the actions do not back up the words, more words are the last thing we need. I questioned his sincerity 2 years ago during the primary and I still do. If he really wants us all to believe him, jump on board, help him pass other legislation, contribute financially, and so on, we need to see some real action now.

      There is not one issue more important than our civil rights. Not one!

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