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About two weeks ago, first on Twitter, and later in official dispatches, we heard that Hillary had not only heard the requests from LGBT Foreign Service employees, but had researched the feasibility of granting their requests and had decided these requests should be honored. Several days later, I noticed a preponderance of Tweets proclaiming deep, passionate, love and loyalty for Hillary. When I backed into the accounts, these were posted by very nice looking young men. At first I wondered what had inspired this love-slam (well, not really, since I am always ready to love-slam Hillary – I just wondered how she had turned on all of these young guys all of a sudden). When finally I saw a similar post from two women, I realized that all this love was from the LGBT community and was due to her announcement from State.

Yesterday morning, Hillary released her statement: In Recognition of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month 2009.

Since last week, I have been pointing out to fellow PUMAs, Hillcrats, and assorted other POPs (Pissed Off People), that the way the LGBT community was responding to her, it seemed to me that we had not reached out ENOUGH to this community early on. Many expressed regrets for having supported Obama and wished they had known that Hillary had been the candidate of action. I proposed that we begin reaching out now, even though we cannot know the future, Hillary’s plans, or the prognosis for the current administration. I suggested that this is a powerful community that we did not have in the tent last year, should accept regardless of their past politics, and have ready to jump in should Hillary decide to ditch this administration and run again.

So it was in that spirit that having seen the very seductive header “Hillary Rocks the House” on Twitter, I clicked on the URL and visited the article of the same title at Gay Rights.Change.org last night.

Predictably, I found the notes of buyer’s remorse regarding Obama. I wrote a comment inviting them to join us all at Hillary’s Village. One comment, however, pointed out that even though Hillary had done so first, Obama later released a Gay Pride Month Proclamation, and see? He had done the right thing!

Well, you could say that, but only if you didn’t know or notice that this is a pattern. During the debates, Hillary even said that she was getting all the hard questions first (“I don’t MIND!” she responded adorably). Obama’s typical response to the same question was almost invariably, “Senator Clinton is right about that.” In addition, not having invited Nancy Reagan to a signing of the stem cell research bill, and having been called on it by a reporter who contacted Mrs. Reagan, he decided, after the fact to honor HER today. When Nicholas Sarkozy and he excluded the only living head of state who had served in uniform in WWII (to the consternation of EVERYONE who knows that history) to the D-Day Ceremonies in Normandy this week, Obama again, way too late, released through his Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, an assurance that he is “working” to get that addressed. It’s a pattern.

I replied to the misguided commenter, of course, but I wonder if the LGBT folks, and other marginalized groups that have been kicked to the curb by this administration understand that nothing will be done to advance their issues and agendas. NOTHING!

When I opened my email this morning I found a notice reminding me that June is also ASPCA Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet Month. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not making comparisons AT ALL but shelter pets and gays share this month and you would have to be living on Mars not to know that when Obama promised his girls a dog, originally that dog was supposed to be a shelter dog. Bo Obama, of course, as we all know, was a gift to the girls by Uncle Teddy Kennedy and came from Kennedy’s breeder. So the shelter pets also were kicked to the curb.

I chose this blog for posting this because this is where we defend the marginalized. Gay people are still marginalized. No Presidential Proclamation will change that. Only actions change things, not words! (UM, WHO is the person who acts?)

In 1969, gay people stood up and acted – courageously. Unfortunately, Obama is not going to be courageous in acting on their behalf any more than he has been for the shelter pets. Essentially, he is telling shelter pets, gay people, women, the Queen of England and all her subjects, as well as, lately, Angela Merkel to sit, stay, get under the porch (or back in your closet) and shut up.

It’s actions, not words. Obama will never help anybody if it is not in his self interest. For the record, the month of June has long been Gay Pride Month – long before “President Barack Obama” so proclaimed it yesterday. Ask Hillary. She marched in the parades.

Hillary Clinton

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