Seen at the National Equality March:
Nice.Rex Wockner reports:
The praise for Obama inside [Human Right's Campaign]'s fancy dinner and the denunciations of Obama in the streets of D.C. seemed to unequivocally confirm the split that's emerged in the gay community in the aftermath of the passage of Proposition 8 in California.
On one side, the grassroots, the netroots, many younger GLBT people and the Stonewall 2.0 folks, who are pissed off, mad as hell and aren't gonna take it anymore.
On the other side, the gay activist establishment, which seems to believe that business-as-usual "slow and steady" is still the way to go.
About halfway through the National Equality March, when it became clear that the turnout was big enough for the march to be deemed a huge success, a reporter said to Cleve Jones, "You realize you just split the gay movement in two."
Jones nodded and grinned.
The fresh hotness: gay allied political activism
I used to think that the gay civil rights movement suffered for want of a Martin Luther King. I don't think that anymore. I think the new internet-based movement doesn't require one. Like the net, it is diffuse and there's a place for everyone. Its enemies can't decapitate it. Democrats better recognize before they get nadered again.
Old and busted: gay politicians
Congressman Barney Frank didn't attend the march. Barney went to a left coast fundraiser instead. Priorities. As usual, he was against actually doing anything beyond helping himself and cheerleading his party. The train left without you, Barney. But here's an onion for your belt, you useless old fart.