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Dan Savage: It’s Gotten Better But…. “There’s a fuck of a lot left to do”

“Before I say anything else—before I say what I dragged myself out of bed to say—let me say this: we did this. LGBT people came out, fought back, and changed the world. There’s a fuck of a lot left to do—repealing DOMA, passing ENDA, completing the repeal of DADT (trans people are still barred from serving in the military), fighting for the rights of queers around the world—but LGBT people have come so far since Stonewall due to our own efforts and sacrifice. It has gotten better for us because we fought to make it better. We demanded better.

“Now here’s what I want to say: I know so many straight people in Seattle who worked unbelievably hard to approve R-74. They gave money, they volunteered their time, they reached out to friends and relatives and coworkers, all in an effort to make it possible for same-sex couples to marry. Gays and lesbians are a tiny percentage of the population. We couldn’t do this on our own. A majority of the legislators who voted for same-sex marriage? Straight. The governor who signed the law making same-sex marriage legal in Washington state? Straight. The majority of the folks manning the phone banks for R-74? Straight. The overwhelming majority of people who voted to approve R-74? Straight. The president who took a huge political risk and came out for marriage equality before his reelection campaign? Straight. It has gotten better for us—better, not perfect—but it hasn’t gotten better for us in a vacuum. It’s gotten better for us because straight people have gotten better about us.” – Dan Savage,

Dan is 100 percent right and I’ve said it many times on this blog we need to get of the gay vacuum and reach out to and work with our straight allies and other progressive coalitions like Womens Rights groups, Unions, Immigration Rights groups and the rest if we are to make any real headway.

I can only hope that Tuesday’s election victories have proven this to the “gay powers that be”.  And put to ret their latest meme of working with the gay GOP to secure equality.  It won’t work, we do not as a community want to it, and Tuesday proves that we don;t have to do it.  Working with the Gay GOP just lends them credibility and tarnishes our movement and rips away at our self-respect and integrity.

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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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