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Obama Mentions “Gay” Only Once In The State Of The Union Address

During President Obama’s State of the Union address last night, his last before the 2012 elections in November.  President Obama drew sharp contrasts against Republicans on such high-profile issues as taxes, job creation, and the housing market and warned Congress that he “intends to fight obstruction with action.”

But only once did Obama mention the gay community and that was near the end of his speech and was lumped into a section about Americas Armed Forces.

“Those of us who’ve been sent here to serve can learn from the service of our troops. When you put on that uniform, it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white; Asian or Latino; conservative or liberal; rich or poor; gay or straight. When you’re marching into battle, you look out for the person next to you, or the mission fails. When you’re in the thick of the fight, you rise or fall as one unit, serving one Nation, leaving no one behind.”

There was no mention of LGBT Equality, DOMA, same sex marriage, or ENDA and the discrimination that LGBT folk face mainly because of the Republican party.

Now as many gay Obama supporters say “This president is the most LGBT-friendly president in active office EVER!” and thats true.  Is he the tenacious advocate he promised to be “no”.  Do we have any other choice but to vote for him “no” anything else and even not voting at all is insane because we MUST keep the GOP out of office.  But just because Obama has done some little things SKIRTING AROUND DOMA instead of pushing to dismantle it does not give him a pass on the larger issues.

Many in our community say to be grateful and not complain that the President has larger fish to fry at the moment than LGBT equality.  But to think that in the year 2012 in the United States of America the “greatest country in the world” that a section of its population is demonized, discriminated against and purposely treated differently by their own country as second class citizens is a pretty GODAMM BIG FISH.

I will continue to complain that it’s not enough because IT ISN’T ENOUGH! And if you choose to accept less than those around you then sit by and take the scraps that are doled out to you and are wiling to wait for something that may never come than that’s all that you deserve.

I deserve more and demand more.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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