Tag Archives: Election 2014

Controversy Alert: I Think We Went Too Far Again With 2 Gay Hoteliers

I’m not going to win any popularity points here, but I think our LGBT Community has gone over the edge a bit in boycotting the two gay men from NYC, who hosted Bigoted Senator Ted Cruz, in their NYC apartment.  There are valid points on each side, and being as such, boycotting men who have also given so much to our Community, seems extremely short-sided.  Senator Cruz is by no means a friend to our LGBT causes, but there are a few ideological points that everyone can have in common.  From what I’ve read, stances on Israel was the link that brought these people together.

Important factors to me on the event, includes that it was NOT a fundraiser to help the Senator in his quest for being President; and There WAS some discussion on LGBT issues, including Cruz’s steadfastness in opposition to gay marriage, however saying that if his daughter was gay, he would love her no different or less.  Do I wish that the event didn’t happen?  Yes AND No!

If I had the money and influence to be able to meet with a powerful Senator in Congress, (regardless of your thoughts on the man’s positions, you have to admit he does hold sway over a certain segment of the legislature), I would welcome the chance to talk to him in my home to try to persuade him to my point of few, and offer examples of how wrong his thinking is on the issues we don’t agree with.  I’m not saying the two men did that, but they had that ability to do it.  We should be engaging those that are actively trying to quash our best interests, but let’s do it face to face and not just by not spending our money on them, we both lose that way.

So creating a discussion is one thing, actively raising money for someone who has clearly stated views against items that are important to us is just wrong, no matter how many other ideas you can agree with, if the one sticking point makes you or your Community less than anyone or anything, you should not support that with your money.  It was made clear by the New York Times, that this was not a fundraiser.

From what I have read and heard, these two gay men have been steadfast in giving back to the LGBT Community in and around NY.  I know for a fact that he has donated space for free to hold major fundraisers at locations they own.  Now because of simply meeting with the Senator, we are asking our Community to stop spending money at their establishments, where they have used that money for so many worthy causes for us?  This does not make sense logically or in my heart of hearts.

Can we not just sit down with these two reasonable men and air our grievances with what they have done.  Educate them on the optics and our concerns, just as I would hope they were doing to Senator Cruz on our LGBT issues.  Ask for another donation to HRC or some worthwhile charity as a token of their understanding about our Communities concerns.  There are a lot of thoughtful ways we could have handled this situation and we failed to do so.

I hope you will comment on this with your ideas as well.  Agree with me, or disagree, but please take the time to give me your opposite points of view, I would greatly appreciate reading what I may be missing in this conversation….Scott

“Won’t You Make My Red State Blue, (sung to Crystal Gale’s tear jerker),” and Other Election Fails!

I am slowly coming out from under the covers and putting lots of pillows on the chair, as I come out of my election day funk, and to comfort the serious a** whooping my fellow Democrats received at the polls on Tuesday.  Sort of like a deer caught in the headlights, I knew it was coming, but you just don’t believe it until it happens.  The Senate, most Governor races, and my own swingin’ state of Ohio, turned, or remained as red as my bleeding heart liberal bias.

Looking at the world a little Left of Straight, I am usually pre-disposed to lean left and liberal when it comes to politics, whether it’s for gay rights, women’s rights, or just looking out for the little guy.  At this point, I am more concerned with the in-action of Congress, than what party is in charge of doing nothing.  This election at the Federal level really doesn’t concern me yet.  There’s no major legislation that a little filibuster or well placed veto can’t slow down or stop.

At the State level however, I am very worried about all of the Republican Governors and State Legislatures and their power to govern.  31 states are now run by Republicans.  These are the people who write the laws that effect day to day life for people like you and me.  We should all be concerned about the Conservative Party’s push to privatize education, prisons, job creation, and anything else they can find to help them make some more money off of.  Now I am all for Capitalism, making a buck is all well and good in and of itself, but growing the rich even richer, at the expense of the disappearing middle class and low income citizens, should not be something that gets you elected to higher office.  My real concern is turning back the clock on equal rights.

Equal rights shouldn’t be a goal, it should be the law of the land, whether you are black, LGBT, women, or whatever.  The Party of smaller government sure has been spending a lot of time legislating about yours and my personal lives.  Has the country really been color-blind since electing a black President?  Do all women really have the right to choose their reproductive decisions everywhere in our great country?  Is it okay that finally over 30 states must recognize same sex marriage, while close to that same number of states allow you to deny housing and employment to individuals, just for being gay? These rights and others are mostly written and enforced at the State level of government, however if you think that the majority of these 31 Republican Governors won’t tow the Party line, you are naive at best, and complicit at worst.

The good news is, we have built into our Constitution a “do-over.”  Every two to four years, we get a chance to decide again on the ideals we have for our great country.  Unfortunately, a lot of damage can be done in that time between elections, so we must keep vigilant of what is being legislated for us.  I am hoping in the next two years time, we see the importance of our elections, and if I had it my way, we would spend everyone of those 730 days educating our young people, how to educate themselves on the power of the ballot box, and how important it is to follow the rights we grant and take away in this country, through our duly elected government.  Only 13% of people under age 30 voted in this mid-term election, down from 19%, just two years ago in 2012.  With numbers hovering near 70% of younger adults agreeing that our LGBT causes are about basic rights as citizens, these are the people we need to reach out to.  We can appreciate their vocal support as much as we want, but until they decide to turn that vocal support into physical action at the ballot box, we are doomed to remain second class citizens.

Yes we got “shellacked” at the polls on Tuesday, yet our government can only fail us if we fail to keep those we have elected, honest, and informed about what is of most to concern to us.  You may not all see the world a little Left of Straight as I do, but I hope you do have a view of what is important to you, and will hold those newly elected officials accountable.  Maybe if we all become a little more involved, we wont need our full “do-over.”  Maybe we can keep the mulligans on the golf course and just elect more people that have the rights of our citizenry in mind.  I will rise off these pillows soon to fight another day, but for now, a good cup of coffee and hot shower, just might do the trick!………………….S