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posted Friday, April 16, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 16

White House ostracizing SLDN
Initial report from Signorile's Townhall
Posted by John Aravosis (DC)

Joe and I got back a few hours ago from Mike Signorile's gay townhall meeting he held in Washington today. It was quite interesting. Mike assembled the leaders of NGLTF, HRC, SLDN and NCTE, and a few advocates (Pam Spaulding and Richard Socarides), and had a two hour discussion about our groups and our movement, with an audience.

It was interesting. Much of the time was spent on Don't Ask, Don't Tell, which doesn't surprise me. For whatever reason, that issue has risen in importance in the community, even passing ENDA and DOMA in the gay public mind (I think). Much of the discussion was focused on the President, and the fact that he isn't keeping his promise to help us pass repeal this year.

It began with Mike asking the panel to give the President and the Congress a grade. All I remember was the presidential side. Pam gave Obama a D. Aubrey at SLDN gave him a C. Joe Solmonese at HRC gave him a B. The Task Force's Rea Carey gave him a D. The National Center for Transgender Equality's executive director Mara Keisling gave him a B. And Richard Socarides gave him a D.

full story:
http://gay.americablog.com/2010/04/initial-report-from-signoriles-townhall.html


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