GetEQUAL Goes to Jail, But Passes Go.
As my facebook, twitter and email exploded today with little clips of the DADT Rally, I marveled at an act of well timed genius. While the HRC was negotiating equality with the well-oiled political machine, the people were speaking. Grassroots activists took to the streets refusing to negotiate their rights… our rights.
When the group of marchers reached the steps of the White House, Robin McGehee assisted Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. Jim Pietrangelo as they handcuffed themselves to the gates and demanded a repeal of the militant Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy established under the Clinton regime. For her assistance, Robin was thanked with a set of charming silver bracelets becoming the first arrest of the day.
Simultaneous demonstrations were underway. By 3:00 p.m. activists such as Kip Williams were staging “sit-ins” inside Nancy Pelosi’s offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. demanding an inclusive ENDA be taken to the floor for a vote.
But now tweets bounce back to Lt. Choi – he and Capt. Pietrangelo have been cut down from the gates and arrested. My Spanish Novellas are suddenly much less dramatic than my twitter feed. Gay, Inc. and their supporters are pissed and claiming that the jouvenile acts of today set us back, are immature and make us look crazy.
Now, not only do I have to wrap my head around one of the most important moments in LGBT History, I now have to think of it in terms of “politics.” Am I not allowed to simply be proud of my brothers and sisters? Must I now think in terms of political strategy.
But what has that political strategy been – what has it done for us at the Federal Level? It’s the same kind of political strategy used during the Clinton Administration to keep him in office as an LGBT friendly president while allowing him to pass Don’t Ask Don’t Tell as a compromise to our rights. It’s the same kind of political strategy used that allowed the same LGBT friendly Clinton to pass the Defense of Marriage Act.
I’m tired of negotiating my rights. I will not stop until my personal life is deregulated. It’s time to GetEQUAL.