Obama’s Two-faced position on LGBT issues

March 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

This is nothing new, of course.  The LGBTQ community has been trying to make sense of the mixed messages propagated by the administration that was elected to bring us hope and change (whatever that means) since his election in 2008. In the past couple days we have the latest examples of the inconstancy of the Obama administration positions regarding the gays.

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Two-Faced Obama

Late last week a court in Washington DC heard the cases against 13 LGBT activists that demonstrated last fall against the failed military policy known as Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Those activists chained themselves to the White House fence and were arrested.  DOJ officials that are prosecuting the gaggle of agitators is insisting that all of them carry a mark on their permanent record for engaging in the demonstration.

Of course, there are risks when participating in acts of civil disobedience. But, how does that aggressive prosecution (that even the judge had a problem with) jibe with the administrations new push at the UN?
Last night the AP reported that the Obama administration will – for the first time in any administration – introduce a statement to the United Nations calling for the end of discrimination against “gays and lesbians around the world.”
The deputy assistant secretary of state Suzanne Nossel said: “We are very concerned that individuals continue to be killed, arrested and harassed around the world because of their sexual orientation or gender identity…” 
Apparently the Obama administration is concerned about arrests happening abroad, but not so concerned about LGBTQ Americans that have to put themselves in the position of arrest and prosecution to get the attention of a stubborn and incoherent elected official.
The UN should also pay attention to the eggegious charges pursued by the DOJ.  The injustices LGBTQ Americans endure are (in some cases) less outrageous than what is faced in other parts of the world. This UN initiative being driven by the Obama administration should not be considered evidence of American superiority in the treatment of its LGBTQ citizens.
If anything the document should highlight the ridiculous state of being an LGBTQ citizen in the “greatest democracy in the world.”
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