National Equality March on Washington
The GLBT community is divided over whether there should be a march on Washington this October, but Cleve Jones – friend of Harvey Milk, founder of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the NAMES Project AIDS Quilt – is moving full steam ahead with organizing the event. The disappointment in Obama continues to grow, especially last week after his administration made a motion to dismiss a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. Obama, who famously called himself a "fierce advocate" of the gay community, made plenty of promises last year and none of them have come to fruition. Cleve Jones said the state by state, community by community push for equal rights (in reference to the states approving gay marriage) is not enough and there needs to be national attention and action by the federal government.
There is momentum because of Proposition 8, the six states approving gay marriage and a national dialogue about GLBT issues not seen since the '90s, so maybe a new march on Washington might bring it all to a head. What would calm fears, nerves and frustration is if Obama would do one thing – end "don't ask, don't tell," get rid of DOMA, and push harder for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and the hate crimes bill to get through Congress. Or, maybe if he'd just say anything about anything regarding GLBT issues of substance. If he doesn't make a move soon, his "fierce advocate" line is going to haunt him for the rest of his presidency.