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    April 30, 2009

    Gay press back in the White House

    Posted by: Andoni

    The good news is that after many years of being excluded during the Bush administration, the LGBT press is again being invited to White House press conferences. Last night, Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade was there. At the presser before, Lou Chibbaro of the Blade was in attendance. I'm told they will be alternating attendance at the press conferences.

    I can't wait until one of them is called upon. I hope they don't waste their opportunity with a question on ENDA or Hate Crimes. We already know what the president will do with those bills.

    I think they should go for a general mulit-part question that asks Obama what his roadmap for achieving LGBT equality is and also for a timeline. They should specifically cite equality in the workplace, the military, couples recognition, and immigration. Last night the president proved he can handle (and even relish in) such multi-part questions when he had to write down the various components of the New York Times reporter's question, then ticked off the answers over the next 5 minutes. That's what I would like for our "gay" question.

    Even though Deb Price was called on by President Obama last night, she did not ask an LGBT question. I only know Deb by her LGBT column and assumed that was her main area of interest. I didn't realize that her main duty was as a mainstream reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Thus her question was about the auto industry. Within a few seconds I was very excited, then rapidly let down when she started her question.

    I think we will have better luck with Chibarro or Johnson.



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    1. Mark Hertzog on Apr 30, 2009 11:45:33 PM:

      I'm puzzled that you were "let down" by a very openly lesbian reporter, who writes the longest-running LGBT column in any non-gay newspaper (the Detroit News, BTW, not the Free Press), asking a question about the impending shake-up in the auto industry. One in 10 people whose jobs, home payments, and livelihoods depend on the Big Three (especially in greater Detroit), and one in 10 car buyers, are LGBT. While I agree that I'd like to see specifically LGBT issues addressed in a presidential news conference, it is absurd to expect that LGBT newspeople should only address such issues. We're affected by the economy, foreign wars, health care, education, energy and global warming, etc. These, too, are LGBT issues.

    1. dimitri on May 1, 2009 12:33:47 AM:

      I am surprised how you didn't comment on the immigration reform question. It is so frustrating when you have groups like Immigration Equality saying a two year wait, other groups looking at a second term wait and then seeing Obama claiming it will come in the first year. For obvious reasons, I hope Obama is right.
      As an aside, someone from Out4Immigration got a response back for Zoe Lofgren's lack of cosponsorship of the UAFA. She claims to support the UAFA, but sees it passing with the CIR. Lofgren is the Chairperson of the subcommittee for immigration, citizenship, etc.

      Checkout the immigration question and response:

      Also, there is another UAFA cartoon on YouTube:

    1. justmeee on May 2, 2009 6:35:11 PM:

      where's chris?

    1. wondering on May 3, 2009 5:38:31 PM:

      Chris was injured and is in a vegetative state in a Brazilian hospital.

      Just kidding. His disappearance has been noted -- and ignored -- several times.

    1. Charlie C. on May 5, 2009 12:02:19 AM:

      I do miss Chris. Have you ever noticed that when you are dealing with an unknown thing like this your mind wanders to the point that you expect the worst? Hopefully he is doing well and just sick of the lack of progress on gay issues --as much as I am. I did enjoy his posts and wish him well wherever he may be.

    1. wTf on May 20, 2009 12:41:38 AM:

      Does anyone else find it very odd that posting has ceased here without any explanation whatsoever?

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