BY Advocate Contributors

February 06 2010 10:55 AM ET

The president just delivered his first State of the Union Address, and millions of straight Americans watched. He hardly said anything about us, except one sentence promising to repeal "don’t ask, don’t tell." He could have told the people of Maine—before the vote to revoke marriage equality there—that they should make the right choice and not take back our civil rights. But he didn’t. In his speech in Cairo last year, he advised the Islamic world to re-evaluate its relationship with Israel. But he did not bother to ask for an end to the harassment, beatings, and killings of gays happening on a daily basis in all the countries suffering under Islamic rule. Hillary Clinton has condemned anti-gay violence, but our president has not. How hard would it have been for him to show solidarity with our gay brothers and sisters living in some of the darkest places in the world?

As we can’t depend on straight Democrats, we need a gay Martin Luther King, Jr., to fight for us. Someone who will face arrest, enact civil disobedience, and raise a ruckus on our behalf. We need to choose a leader who cares about us and not just him or herself. Those are the actions for which MLK is so admired today. But gays seem to think that giving lots of money to political candidates is all that needs to be done. Making political donations is important, but it has to produce results to be effective. The people who deliver our money to the president should not just be delivery boys; they should be fighters, they should be crusaders. Why are we content to have them merely rub shoulders with the powerful?

Some will always say that there are bigger issues to address. They’re saying it now with Democratic prospects looking worse and worse. The president’s plate will never be cleared. But is it not the job of gay rights activists to make sure there is room on it for us? Fools are the people who say we should give Obama more time. I’m not even sure he will be here for another term, and the Democrats will not hold both Houses of Congress for much longer. I’m not looking forward to this opportunity to be lost. So if there is no action now, then when? It’s time for a new generation of gay leadership.



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