Tuesday, June 8, 2010

LGBT Month

President Obama has declared the month of June to be LGBT Month, to celebrate those of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual communities. A lot of the LGBT community seems to be pretty happy with the decision, too. All I have to say is: whoop-di-freekin'-do. You're not any closer to gaining the freedom you desire, I'm sorry to say.

We've had a LGBT History Month since 1994. Now, we have two months out of the year devoted to them. Even with all this "advancement", what has changed? Has Congress granted anyone any liberty? Has the President repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell? Adding a month to the calendar to say "Yay gay people!" is not going to get you anywhere.

The President is playing politics with you. That's right, you're being played. The climate in Washington is not in any way, shape, or form favorable to the idea of LGBT people having any sort of marriage or family rights. If Obama did that, he and his party could face major voter backlash and they could potentially lose a lot in the coming election. By creating this "month" to celebrate the community, he's simply drawing attention elsewhere. Gay people will be satisfied that they have a month, and no one can say the President didn't do anything about it. It's a win-win for him, but ultimately it was just another move in the game of politics. He could wave a magic wand and end the policy or support legislation, but he won't.

Barack Obama is not your hero. He has not done anything for you, and this month means nothing to gay rights. Celebrate, sure, but know that you haven't gained any ground on the issue. A lot of work needs to be done.

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