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The Fierce Urgency of Whenever

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You should read Andrew Sullivan's short essay from last week, The Fierce Urgency of Whenever, on the Obama administration's plans - or lack thereof - for dealing with GBLT issues. He wrote it right after spending a couple of days talking to people on the Obama team last week. Here's a taste:
Here we are, in the summer of 2009, with gay servicemembers still being fired for the fact of their orientation. Here we are, with marriage rights spreading through the country and world and a president who cannot bring himself even to acknowledge these breakthroughs in civil rights, and having no plan in any distant future to do anything about it at a federal level. Here I am, facing a looming deadline to be forced to leave my American husband for good, and relocate abroad because the HIV travel and immigration ban remains in force and I have slowly run out of options (unlike most non-Americans with HIV who have no options at all).

And what is Obama doing about any of these things? What is he even intending at some point to do about these things? So far as I can read the administration, the answer is: nada.
Dan Savage concurs, unhappily.

Note that the end of the HIV travel ban was actually passed by the previous Congress and signed by Mr. Bush. Mr. Obama's administration has actually delayed implementation. "Oops."

eta: more today! Lesbian and gay soldiers are being kicked out at the same, steady rate as under the Bush administration (eta2: according to the radio story I heard on NPR, the trend has continued through this year, but I don't have a link so they could have got it wrong or I could have misheard or misremembered it; the data in the print story I link stops last September), and the Pentagon says there are no plans to repeal the policy. Let me emphasise: no. plans. No plans, no planning process, no movement, including the anticipatory work you'd do if you thought this was coming down the line. New York Magazine has commentary here, talking about the political reasons to put it off, then noting, "None of that, of course, changes the fact that Obama could get a bill to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' on the floor in Congress if it were really important to him. Gay activists and journalists alike are just coming to terms with the fact that, most likely, it isn't."
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