BY Advocate Contributors

February 06 2010 10:55 AM ET

To be perfectly honest, I don’t see much difference between our current Democratic president and George W. Bush. And I don’t think McCain would have been much different from Obama, either. Indeed, McCain’s wife, Cindy, just came out in favor of gay marriage and did a photo shoot for the NOH8 campaign. Where is Michelle? The Republican Party is at least evolving on the issue of gay rights, and if getting our votes means they become more competitive, we can expect they will improve.

I don’t judge by words. I judge by actions. Politicians take gay votes for granted, and who can blame them? They probably should take our votes for granted because we don’t ask for anything from them in return. Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act and gay people still gave him their votes. Indeed, they cheer him whenever he speaks before a gay organization. So maybe we don’t deserve a real fighter. Gays are looking for fashionable icons and nothing more than that.

Last year, I saw Jane Fonda at a Broadway fundraising event for gay causes. This is a woman whose contribution to the world was 25 aerobic workout videos. Many will never forget her visiting Communist troops in Vietnam. At the Broadway event, Fonda got a standing ovation before she even opened her mouth. Why? She’s a tired diva. But when Harvey Fierstein, one of the most celebrated gay artists in America, came on stage, he didn’t get a standing ovation. He gave an amazing speech that was directed at Obama, demanding that the president fulfill his campaign pledges. This event occurred a long time ago when people were still excited about Obama, and yet Fierstein still chastised him harshly for his lack of action.

Maybe the crowd didn’t applaud Harvey because he isn’t a diva. He didn’t produce workout videos, nor did he ever express support for Vietnamese communists. Perhaps if he had, the left-wing gay community would cheer for him. Even that scumbag ex-governor of New Jersey, Jim McGreevey, is invited everywhere. I was actually shocked to see him speak at an event for the Stonewall Community Foundation, an organization that I respect. This corrupt ex-politician, who had to resign because he put his lover on the state payroll, was giving a speech and the entire gay crowd was applauding him? What a shame.

At this point Obama is just a liar who makes a lot of promises. He took our money, the overwhelming majority of gay people gave him support, and a year into his presidency he has given us practically nothing back aside from lifting the HIV travel ban and hate crimes legislation. It doesn’t do us any good for the president to go to a gay fundraiser and say that he’s with us and tell us how great and wonderful we are. There’s a big difference in giving a speech at an event which only rich homosexuals can attend (these events are not televised or known to anyone outside a small set of the gay community), and saying the same things to the American people. (Continued on following page.)









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