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    December 12, 2008

    A seat at Obama's table

    Posted by: Andoni

    Board_room_tableIn keeping with his campaign promise for open government, Barack Obama has initiated a feature on his transition website called Your Seat at the Table.

    Here you can track all meetings the Transition Team has with any outside group and view any documents that any special interest group has given to the Obama team. In the past these meetings have been secret, but now all meetings and documents from those meetings will be available to the public.

    When I first received the email from John Podesta, co-chair of the Obama-Biden Transition Project announcing Seat at the Table, I immediately went to the site to see what gay and lesbian organizations have been meeting with the Obama team and what exactly they were telling Obama. On December 5, the Obama team had not met with any gay and lesbian groups.

    Today I searched the site again and Immigration Equality is the first and only gay or lesbian group to have met with the Obama team so far. They left a memo outlining what they would like to see from the Obama Administration on immigration, and you can find a downloadable copy of the Immigration Equality memo to Obama here.

    Kudos to Rachel Tiven and Immigration Equality for being the first LGBT group to communicate with the Obama Administration.

    I applaud Obama for this move toward more open government. I will be keeping an eye on all our LGBT organizations to see what they are advising Obama. In particular I will be watching HRC to make sure they are not too timid or conservative in what they tell Obama our community wants in the way of gay rights. We want to make sure the gay agenda HRC gives Obama is in sync with what we in the grassroots think the agenda should be.

    NOTE TO HRC: We are watching.

    If you are interested, you can see the memo and video announcing Your Seat at the Table here.

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