Letters to the President?

  • styrgan

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    Jun 18, 2009 2:40 AM GMT
    In the absence of a good protest, which I'm always up for... I've gone in the same direction as some other members on here and typed up a raging letter to the White House this afternoon.

    I think it would be fun for some of us to share our entire letter or maybe excerpts from them. Since mine ended up being four pages long, I'll do excerpts...

    "When one individual or group is denied equality under the law, every citizen is damaged by the degradation of their democracy. It is for this reason that I am writing to express my outrage and profound disappointment in your administration’s recent posturing toward the GLBT community.

    ....

    Make no mistake about it. The legal brief issued by the Department of Justice was hurtful and offensive to millions of gay Americans. By equating a loving, consensual relationship between two adults of the same sex to incest or pedophilia, your administration has directly and intentionally insulted many honorable and law-abiding citizens. Further, your response of granting “some” federal employees “some” rights that expire the moment you leave office is insufficient, and the likelihood that it was done in a calculated effort to placate the gay community is disturbing.

    ....

    Many of us voted for you with the specific understanding that you did not support gay marriage, and we understand that position is a political necessity, even though we vehemently disagree with you. However, when you said you would be a “fierce advocate” for the GLBT community’s struggle, I was under the impression that you would not behave in a manner as disgraceful as your predecessor.

    But that is exactly what I believe has happened. Instead of lending your voice to the struggle for equality in even a small way, you lent your voice to the powers of bigotry and hatred. By permitting the Department of Justice to file such a homophobic brief, you have endorsed the idea now that something is not right with gay Americans, and that our lives are somehow worth less than yours.

    This is precisely the type of message that results in higher suicide rates among young gay people, increasing rates of bias-motivated crimes perpetrated against gay Americans, and the suffocation of a message of love that is at the core of liberal democracy. This is not change that I can believe in.

    ....

    Like many gay Americans, I want desperately to believe in you and the Democratic Party, but I will not be manipulated into a one-sided partnership with a political party that has a limited and half-hearted interest in my rights...."
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    Jun 18, 2009 7:58 AM GMT
    Nicely done, Stygan. Would love to see the whole letter. Are you sending it to more than just the White House? I think you should consider sending it to your other elected officials as well. Great job!
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    Jun 18, 2009 1:57 PM GMT
    While we are contacting elected officials Barney Frank will be introducing ENDA (Employee Non Discrimination Act) that will include language for not just GLB folks, but also T. Finally!

    The measure passed in 2007 when Transgender rights were stripped but died in the Senate. With Obama in the White House and even more Dems in the Senate the full bill has a good shot as becoming law. You can see how your Rep. voted here.

    So, while we are at it gents icon_biggrin.gif



    oh, I didn't mean to try and hijack this thread. But I have already written two lobbying groups about Obama and will slap something together for his office too. Thanks for posting Styrggy.
  • styrgan

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    Jun 18, 2009 3:09 PM GMT
    Personally, the next letter I want to write is to the Human Rights Campaign asking for someone a little more aggressive than Joe Solomonese. What an Aunt Jemima...
  • styrgan

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    Jun 18, 2009 6:23 PM GMT
    In an update, while crafting my letter to Joe, I just found out that we are both alumni of BU...

    For a moment, I felt a certain excitement, but now as I continue writing my letter, I feel kind of dirty.
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    Jun 19, 2009 12:09 AM GMT
    Do you believe anyone reads those after they see the first reference to homosexuality? Do you believe it makes it past a filing cabinet for 7 years?
    Or past a trash can? It was a great letter BTW. Well written. Too bad they arent well read.
  • styrgan

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    Jun 19, 2009 12:36 AM GMT
    Actually, I do.

    I interned for a Massachusetts congressman the summer of my sophomore year. So I was the unfortunate fellow who had to read a great many of them.

    Unfortunately, the response is usually a presorted, pre-written generic letter on the lawmaker's accomplishments on whatever the topic of the letter was about. However, sometimes constituents don't understand that their lawmakers realize when their office has been flooded with mail over a specific issue.

    But for that to happen on the national level, every single gay person has to take an hour and write the administration to tell them they're extremely upset.

    ...and as MZ said, write to the HRC and other gay activism groups. Their endorsement does matter to Democrats.