May 2012

What Obama's support actually means for the queer community

At the outset? Not too much.

Don't you hate it when a friend starts acting overly nice to you only to ask to borrow your money ten minutes later? Like kindness and companionship were commodities to be bought? Don't you hate it when someone who unflinchingly calls you and millions of other people “friend” says something nice to you, then uses it as an excuse to beg for monetary support?

Like most Americans on the queer side of things, I squeed with delight when I saw that President Barack Obama had publicly endorsed marriage equality. I even blogged that picture of the president riding a unicorn with rainbow lasers firing out of his fists. I was that excited. But my rush was soon dampened when just hours later, I got an email from Barack himself (he texts me and emails me all the time, we're bros) entitled “Marriage”. Inside wasn't a promise to introduce federal legislation expanding the definition of marriage to a legal union any two consenting adults who damn well want to get married. It wasn't even really a followup declaration of support for the queer community of the United States. It was a straight-up fundraiser—and given all my initial euphoria, it kind of stung.