John McCain and the LGBT Community

Okay, here we go. MsQueer goes political. (Is that like “going balistic?” Maybe this election…)

I have another blog where I’ve gotten very vocal regarding this election, despite my original intentions to steer clear of that. And I had a couple of great lines about Gay Republicans, but then I remembered that this site is about Dignity and Respect. (Sigh!)

So, I’ll just deliver this straight (you should pardon the expression) off the cuff. Although we as LBGT people have seemingly become one of the primary groups to be courted for our vote in this election, John McCain isn’t even trying. Give him an “A” for honesty. But give him a big “F” for anything resembling an equal rights/human rights view of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals or Transgendered persons.

I found a great article that summarizes Mr. McCain’s view and background as a politician thus far.  Thanks to Kathy Belge at About.com: Lesbian Life, I give you the portal to her wisdom:

http://lesbianlife.about.com/od/lesbianactivism/p/JohnMcCain.htm

Let the LGBT Voter beware: when asked about Gay Adoption, McCain replied that he felt two-parent families were best suited to adopt. Two-parent families? So one partner counts and the other is — chopped liver?

I can honestly say that McCain doesn’t make it hard for a person to find out where he stands on LGBT Rights issues. Some candidates hide their truth amongst cleverly crafted interweavings of platitudes and promises that pale once you discover some off-the-cuff comment made “in private” or a carefully planned agenda for securing special interest votes.

At any rate, I have been pretty vocal about the other side of the ticket at http://debadler.wordpress.com. Let’s just say that as a woman, the Dems have pretty effectively alienated me, but not as much the Republicans with their choice of a woman VP that was supposed to get my vote because I’m a woman? PLEASE!

Each of us will ultimately have to make up our own minds based on criteria that will likely include our LGBT identities as only one aspect of our total being and interests. No election has ever been a cut and dry, black and white simple decision, and 2008 will be no exception. Its important that we vote based on a criteria each of us can fully embrace at heart, not just intellectually based on others’ recommendations.

Whatever the outcome, one thing is certain. We, as LGBT people, have more work ahead of us to resolve prejudices between us, as well as between us and others. Perhaps as we become more fully united amongst ourselves, with true compassion and acceptance of our diversity, we will have less opposition from those who view us as opposed to their values. Perhaps they will come to see that we share their values of the importance of family and community in a far more inclusive way. -MsQueer

©2008 Deborah Adler and MsQueer.com. All rights reserved.

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4 Responses

  1. […] Read more of this blog at msqueer.wordpress.com. […]

  2. Very Nice

    Thank You

  3. Excellent site guys! great work!

    • Thanks for the complement….however, I’m not a guy, hence “Ms.” Queer…Posted your comment, hope you visit again. MsQ

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