Friday, October 8, 2010
We're not the first ones to voice frustration with both Democrats and Republicans for holding our equality hostage (see here, here, and here). And we're not going away -- despite the efforts of Democratic apologists who continue to raise the specter of President Palin to scare us into donating.
Are we asking you not to vote? Absolutely not -- too many social movements have fought for that hard-earned right that must not be thrown away. Are we asking you not to donate or support pro-equality candidates? That's up to you -- there are several pro-equality candidates that need support, especially because they are minority voices in their party.
Are we asking you to withhold money and time from those who refuse to find concrete ways to work toward our collective equality? YES!
Our tolerance and patience -- while we lose our jobs, are denied our right to marry, are forbidden to serve our country openly, and are forced to watch our youth kill themselves because they have no dignity or hope -- is gone. We are asking you to withhold your support from political parties and committees until President Obama, the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, takes the first step toward LGBT equality and signs an Executive Order to IMMEDIATELY halt all military discharges of lesbian, gay, and bisexual soldiers.
Why continue to organize on behalf of politicians when we need to be organizing for ourselves?
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DNC Vice Chair Ray Buckley responds to GetEQUAL campaign "We'll Give When We GetEQUAL" via email. The campaign calls on an immediate Executive Order to end the discharges under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" by President Obama. GetEQUAL is asking its supporters not to give time or money until that Executive Order is in place to protect the dignity of LGBT service members.