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That’s All Obama Wrote for LGBTs: Obama’s Promises Erased from The White House Website

erasersI’m not really a political person, but all the activity around my basic rights lately has nudged me to be more concerned about what’s going on in the White House, especially after the last President’s term (yes I’m talking about Bush).

Imagine my surprise when all the while my hope was floating along with the rest of the LGBT community, President Barack Obama dropped the ball on us and his promises to make change for us all.

He had me built up to believe that he was going to come in and take swift action against injustice and it looked like that was the case at first. He did sign the U.N. resolution to decriminalize homosexuality; but he backtracked on repealing the ban on gays in the military in his own country, and has yet to make mention of when he will repeal the federal ban on same-sex marriage. He only made a brief statement in regards to The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, and his administration has also since downsized the list of commitments to the LGBT community on the White House’s official website to just these two sentences.

President Obama also continues to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and believes that our anti-discrimination employment laws should be expanded to include sexual orientation and gender identity. He supports full civil unions and federal rights for LGBT couples and opposes a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

**Blogger Matt Algren has screen shots: The White House website BEFORE and AFTER. Click to zoom in.

You want to know what MY official quote on this situation is???

“What a let down.”Julie Phineas on President Obama’s Pulling Back on His Support of Equal Rights for the LGBT Community

UPDATE: The White House has officially updated their site to include more support of the LGBT community… two whole sentences.

He supports full civil unions and federal rights for LGBT couples and opposes a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He supports repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and our national security, and also believes that we must ensure adoption rights for all couples and individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation.

I have faith there is a higher purpose to all of this and am anxiously awaiting a surprise move by the Obama Administration which would grant full equality to all Americans. You can bet you’ll find that posted here if that is ever the case. I still have a glimmer of hope – he can still make a save…

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17 Responses to That’s All Obama Wrote for LGBTs: Obama’s Promises Erased from The White House Website

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  2. knowledge

    May 4, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I support the people criticising the administration and those who are defending the administration. Guess what people, it happens with every changing administration. It’s our responsibility as citizens to remind our elected officials why we voted for them and to keep their promises. We haven’t done enough of that over the years and Obama was just the change many voters needed. If the message was removed from the website, there is a reason for that. The GLBT community is also monitoring Obama’s religious associations in the White House and Rick Warren is not the kind of person who is going to be a proponent of Obama making any legislative moves for the gay and lesbian community just yet. But, I am hopeful and optimistic, and hopefully not falsely so. I didn’t see Obama participate much at all in the community here in Chicago when he was an elected official. He never participated in a pride parade and many other local politicians did. We’ll see though, I’m going to be realistic and stay grounded.

  3. Sei

    May 3, 2009 at 1:34 pm


    Silence is the way to being ignored. If no one says anything, then nothing ever gets done.

    I know that you don’t like it that way, but that is how it must be.

  4. Markipoo

    May 3, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Get a grip people. You know how how far we’ve come. It may be hard by the yard, but it’s a cynch by the inch. Give it time. Remember there was no OUT in America at one time to bitch and moan about how long it’s taking to get – Ellen, Queer Eye, Queer As Folk…on yeah didn’t I hear there a gay cable network on out there? Take the ******out of your ***** and put it in your mouth. Listen, look and have patience, sweeties.

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  6. ~Julie Phineas~

    April 30, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    You forget Camilo – I am a webmaster too. I know the deal and how it works. Taking down a message of support is just that – taking down a message of support. I don’t make the news honey I just blog it, and if/when President Obama makes a statement or takes actions that support our community you’ll find that we write about that here too. We don’t claim to have all the answers, just giving you a gay girl’s view, and several of our writers have their press credentials. If/when we receive a statement from the White House on this matter we will blog on that too. Stay tuned!

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  8. kelly martee

    April 30, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Sometimes there is a bigger picture and a strategy in place, and perhaps you don’t have all the details. Change doesn’t come over night. Patience wants to be your friend.

  9. M a r c

    April 30, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    You mean the White House didn’t get back to a small LGBT blog when you mentioned your already instilled irrational bias?

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  17. Camilo

    April 30, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    What drama queens! Why not ask the White House what is up with that before screaming about “Obama Pulling Back on His Support of Equal Rights for the LGBT Community”…making changes on a website does not equal pulling back on his support. There may be a perfectly justifiable answer to why this was done and maybe we should call on the White House to answer that instead of jumping the gun and saying he’s pulling back his support of equal rights for LGBT Community.