GetEQUAL today launched a campaign calling on LGBT people to donate money and volunteer time only when politicians show leadership on our issues.
Specifically, GetEQUAL is calling on President Obama to sign an executive order ending the discharges of gay and lesbian service members before Election Day.
“A group of Americans can only be taken advantage of by politicians for so long before they no longer will stand by and allow broken promises to pile up without consequences,” said Robin McGehee, director of GetEQUAL.
It may sound like a simple, common sense campaign, but most gay people are so desperate to be welcomed and validated that they keep right on giving their money to politicians who never intend to earn it.
It’s a theme I have hammered on in vain for nearly eight years at the Blade: Stop supporting politicians – mostly Democrats – who promise us everything behind closed doors, then run for cover when elected, tossing LGBT constituents the barest of crumbs.
After two years of wide majorities in both houses and an allegedly supportive president, LGBT Americans have precious little to show for their overwhelming support of Democrats. No ENDA, no “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal, and certainly not a whisper about delivering on the president’s repeated campaign promises of repealing DOMA.
If the Democrats can’t manage a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” an issue on which about 80 percent of Americans agree, then the strategy of aligning ourselves so exclusively with one political party has backfired with catastrophic results.
The movement is largely a joke, with our representatives trading endorsements and platitudes for “access” and cocktail party invitations. What a waste of time and money.
Kudos to GetEQUAL for joining the call to stop giving to all those two-faced Democrats. Will anyone listen? I’m highly skeptical, but I wish them luck.