In the past few weeks I have gained a lot of respect for a number of left-wing gay bloggers, many of whom I have faulted in the past. To be sure, a number of them (notably Towleroad) have distinguished themselves in the past by reporting on the plight of our fellows suffering under repressive regimes, even Islamofascistic ones. Lately though they, many of whom at the very outset of the 2008 campaign were cheerleaders for Barack Obama, have shown they’re not shills for a Democratic Administration, even a very liberal one, beloved by the groups with whom gay activists normally break bread.
This is not to excuse their over-the-top criticism of Republicans and conservatives (even us from time to time), but to acknowledge their integrity on gay issues. Unlike some prominent gay activists, they put their gay advocacy ahead of their allegiance to the Democratic Party. Also unlike those lickspittle activists, many of them don’t get paid to advocate for gay causes. They do so often on their own dime — and always under their own steam.
Some of these gay bloggers have joined with conservative bloggers in condemning the atrocities of the Iranian mullahs and expressing solidarity with the people suffering under this tyranny, a regime particularly brutal to people like us. Many have been unsparing in their criticism of the incumbent Democratic President of the United States for failing to fulfill the campaign promises he made to our community.
Earlier this week, Bruce alerted me to a post on a blog which describes itself as offering “left-leaning unconventional wisdom.” To be sure, these folks never drank the Obama Kool-Aid, their website, the Widdeshins, “founded by bloggers who were orphaned by the hostile takeover of the Democratic Party in 2008 under the mantra of ‘Hope’ and ‘Change’ by decidedly non-liberal forces.”
Upset at the President’s refusal to “use his authority to halt the discharge of gay and lesbian service members until they could legislatively repeal DADT,” blogger garychapelhill said the Democrat was telling gay to f*** off. Like Gary, I wonder at why Obama refused to act. It wouldn’t cost him politically and most Americans support repealing DADT.
Speculating on Obama’s failure to act, he offers a hypothesis similar to one blogger Roger Simon and I have also put forward. Gary contends “the obvious reason for Barack Obama’s behavior is homophobia.”
So, just read the whole thing. His rhetoric may be a bit different from my own, but the conclusions he draws are remarkably similar to those gay conservatives and our allies have put forward: Barack Obama could care less about people like us.