Actually, this is just a holiday spin on an existing Queer Wish List, and it’s a truncated version only, with only a couple of items in current DC thinking and happenings. I think my overall wish, related to our Electeds, is simple: they will all miraculously begin acting like responsible, thoughtful, caring adults in powerful leadership positions. Related to We the Electorate, my wish is that we all begin acting like responsible, thoughtful, caring adults in positions to hold the Electeds accountable. For all of us, a wish that we’d free ourselves from two party politics and rather than winning political elections and games, focus on helping actual people with their real needs.
Maybe that’s a “too serious” little list, but that’s where my heart and head are, probably because my reality check is very aware of the huge needs, though I’m equally as aware of the significant willingness and abilities of people to do very good, caring things for each other. Reality and wishing go together.
A couple of notes from Queerdom which reveal some of the specific wishes of LGBTs and allies:
Via MetroWeekly, Justin Snow writes, “Hope and an Executive Order, Despite puzzling inaction, advocates hold out optimism for Obama banning discrimination among federal contractors.” Snow recalls that it was on
… Feb. 25, 2008, that Obama filled out a presidential-candidate questionnaire for the Houston GLBT Political Caucus. Answering a number of questions about his positions on LGBT equality, in question No. 6 Obama was asked if he would support a nondiscrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity for federal contractors. Obama responded ‘Yes.’
But, here we are, with only a few weeks before the end of the first and the beginning of the second Obama administration, and federal employment discrimination protection for LGBTs “remains stalled.”
During a Dec. 5 press briefing, White House press secretary Jay Carney provided no new updates on the president’s views of the executive order.
‘’Our position on that hasn’t changed,’ said Carney.
President Obama “supports an inclusive ENDA” and “look(s) forward to continuing to support that process and that legislation.” The executive order would “apply to contractors who do more than $10,000 of work with the federal government and affect 26 million workers,” and is seen by many as a way to “jumpstart action” on ENDA.
Several groups have publicly urged action on the executive order since Obama’s re-election, including the Human Rights Campaign, Freedom to Work, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense
Via MetroWeekly, Justin Snow writes, Hope and an Executive Order, Despite puzzling inaction, advocates hold out optimism for Obama banning discrimination among federal contractors. Snow recalls that it was on
Former Sen. Chuck Hagel – a finalist for the post of Secretary of Defense in Obama’s second term – once opposed a nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg because he was ‘openly aggressively gay.’
‘Ambassadorial posts are sensitive,’ Hagel told to the Omaha World-Herald in 1998, opposing the nomination of philanthropist James Hormel. … ‘They are representing our lifestyle, our values, our standards. And I think it is an inhibiting factor to be gay – openly aggressively gay like Mr. Hormel – to do an effective job.’
Some LGBT rights groups are already criticizing the potential selection of Hagel to replaced Leon Panetta.
Hagel was a long-time supporter of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. …
And between 2001 and 2006, Hagel received a score of zero from the Human Rights Council, with no votes on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a job discrimination bill, and the Hate Crimes Prevention Act … .
Hagel’s record on LGBT issues did show some signs of change, as the country shifted dramatically on the subject. He voted in favor of a 2004 constitutional amendment aimed at limiting marriage to one man and one woman, but opposed the marriage amendment in 2006.
Wish lists and reality checks, holiday version. Actually, it doesn’t look that different from the everyday version.
But speaking of holidays, I wish the best for all of you. I appreciate your thoughts and ideas, and Taylor, I appreciate the opportunity to post here regularly. Stay safe, everyone.