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GLBT Fri Sep 04 2009

Cleve Jones Rallies Chicago's GLBT and Friends Community

GLBT rights organizer Cleve Jones was in Chicago this week. He made a call for regionally and stat focused gay rights organizing efforts to be more globally focused. The Windy City Times has the scoop.

Jones, and many in the crowd, expressed disappointment with Democratic political leaders: "The Democrats have been betraying us for years and years and years." He singled out President Barack Obama, who has not fulfilled campaign promises regarding the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy and the Defense of Marriage Act ( DOMA ) ; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who Jones said recently described repealing DOMA as "not a priority"; and Rep. Barney Frank, who refused to include housing protections in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

 
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ardecila / September 5, 2009 8:06 PM

Well, obviously, the political system has the LGBT community screwed... pardon the expression... since they are forced to choose between a party that actively argues against their way of life, and a party that only pays lip service to their concerns. I'm honestly not sure the country is ready for more gay-friendly government policies, even if you do see it as a matter of justice.

Progress in giving political and social rights to gays will only come about after the majority of society has decided to accept them and their way of life. Right now, that hasn't happened, and we can't pass laws to force social change.

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