Tomorrow, Saturday, President Obama is planning to speak at the Human Rights Campaign BFD annual dinner/fundraiser. Itâ€™s a good sign. Many in the LGBT community are unhappy with his self-proclaimed fierce advocacy on their behalf. One wonders what he might say to the assembled crowd. Well the rumors are forming some substance. Granted, Iâ€™m getting this third-hand, but this pajarito is usually pretty reliable, so I decided to share the news rumor.
In no order, he will reportedly speak out against the repeal of marriage equality currently on next monthâ€™s ballot in Maine. Would that he had done that with Prop 8 last fall. Oh, wellâ€¦.
The other item that caught my eye is that he will â€œannounce a push in 2010 to repeal Donâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tell.”
The last item is that his newly appointed openly gay ambassador to New Zealand will be attending the event. That one doesnâ€™t impress me much.
Itâ€™s worth noting that this is only the second time a sitting presidentÂ has attended this kind of event. The other was the Big Dog, Bill Clinton. Itâ€™s good that heâ€™s going. For me, what matters more is not so much the photo op but delivering on his promises. I hope he does. And I hope he also mentions employment non-discrimination, and the Matthew Shepard Act just passed by the House. Weâ€™ll seeâ€¦