Thursday, April 10, 2008

Clinton and LGBT Friendly and Non-Friendly Audiences

I lied. I can't help myself. Obama sat down to a second interview with the Advocate and his LGBT supporters and preening about how he has responded to our community's cry for face time with the candidate.

Here is a list of Clinton's appearances and discussion of LGBT issues in front of non-LGBT friendly audiences, as Obama so often is praised for doing.

· In March 2007, Hillary was the only presidential candidate to accept the invitation and to address the Human Rights Campaign's Board Meeting and Equality Convention.

· In the June 3rd CNN debate of the Democratic candidates for president; Hillary Clinton spoke out forcefully against the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy.

· In late June 2007, Hillary announced the formation of “LGBT Americans for Hillary”, her national LGBT Steering Committee.

· In August 2007, Hillary participated in the LOGO/HRC Presidential Forum and

· In a first for a presidential candidate, Hillary utilized her web site to organize LGBT Watch Parties and, in fact, attended the largest watch party in West Hollywood.

· In October 2007, Hillary gave an in-depth interview to The Advocate.

· In November 2007, Hillary released a comprehensive plan to battle HIV/AIDS.

· Also in November2007, Hillary spoke to evangelical leaders at Saddleback about the AIDS epidemic, including the rise of HIV infection rates among gay men, and challenged the churches to address the spiritual side of the crisis including “the gay teenager seeking safety and guidance”.

· In January, Hillary was the only Presidential candidate to come out squarely against the Florida marriage amendment.

· In January 2008, Hillary addressed gay teen suicide in a web video. (Beginning at 3:21).

· On February 4th, Hillary gave an interview to Logo TV.

· In February 2008, Hillary authored a blog posting on “Equality for LGBT Americans.”

· As part of her nationally-broadcast “Voices Across America, National Town Hall” on February 4th, Hillary affirmed that she would fight for the equality of benefits for LGBT Americans, for passage of a Hate Crimes law, ENDA and for an end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. (See 2nd question asked)

· On February 11th, Hillary gave an interview to the Washington Blade.

· In late February, Hillary gave interviews to the LGBT press in Ohio and Texas.

· In March in Wyoming, Senator Clinton spoke about Matthew Shepard and the need for a Federal Hate Crimes law.

A second interview is a wonderful start. But only a start.

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Blogger Sue J said...

So I just read Obama's interview with the Advocate. His story about the person who has had the most effect on his perception of the gay community is a professor from Obama's freshman year of college but Obama's not sure about his last name? Yeah. the guy was "comfortable in his skin." What a revelation. A gay person comfortable with who they are.

Yeah, that's a really touching story.

Plus, I really enjoy reading him trying to spin his invitation of homophobe Donnie McClurkin to the stage as somehow a unifying gesture.

What a guy.

3:23 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Those are impressive things, much more than I'd known before -- after all, I occasionally watch the news, which subtracts from your knowledge of the real world.

I'd already moved most of the way over from Obama to Clinton (thanks in part to a blogger who shall be nameless)and I still think simple intersectionality convinces us we don't lose with either of them -- not the way we lose with Mr. C-word.

Is it like we're *not* going to keep the pressure on Clinton if (when -- I still have a little faith in America) she's elected to do what's right.

As to some of the recent manifest stupidity on her campaign, keep in mind an old slogan about her husband -- when Clinton lied, nobody died.

Never mind most of the way. All the way (true: no suck-uppage). Anybody who can have a kid like Chelsea, I'm all the way for.

6:36 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Sorry for commenting again, though Chelsea counts for a lot, the real reason I went for Clinton is tha while Obama spoke against reeligious extremism and homophobia in his church, he didn't stick with it.

He hasn't stuck with anything.

He's a guy we'll have to keep reminding about what's right and what's wrong. Bill Clinton caved under right-wing pressure several times. Hillary won't. She'll stick with it.

Who'd have thought it? Clinton, the DLC Democrat, is starting to show some healthy signs of radicalism.

6:57 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Hell, I got it wrong again. One of these days I'm going to get over my perception that Hillary was a DLC Democrat. In fact, she hasn't just been showing recent signs of radicalism. She's been doing the right thing for a long, long time.

Sorry, I shouldn't be taking space on your blog to work through my muddleheadedness. I'd much rather read what you write.

9:47 AM  
OpenID mommytoo said...

do you mind if i steal this list? i'd love to post it on my little old blog as well...

1:40 PM  
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