UPDATE below fold

The paper tells us today that Obama has sent the DADT question away for study.  Because you know, no one has ever studied it before. / eye roll /

This led me to thinking – has Obama used his power of executive order to send any positive signals to the LGBT community?  Please, if he has done one concrete thing that actually helps us (rather than giving the haters ammunition to block progress, as with the DADT study), let me know.

I suggest that he at least proclaim Valentines Day a national day of respect for all loving couples.  But I suspect we’re more likely to see him promise to, someday, if we’re good and if the normal people allow him, proclaim the day after Valentines day as National Love Crumbs Day for Teh Gayz.Orion45 provided a nice HRC list of pro-equality acts that Obama could accomplish by executive order or executive action.  The first one, the Federal Workplace Non-Discrimination Order, could be signed immediately.  It is completely non-controversial, since many pre-Bush presidents have already signed orders like it.  I suggest that Obama get on the ball and do at least this one action as a sign of good will in the first month of his presidency.

  • Federal Workplace Non-Discrimination: As leader of our nation’s largest civilian work force, the president may institute non-discrimination, healthcare access and other policies to establish the equal rights of federal LGBT employees.

    STATUS: not done

  • HIV and Health: The administration, and its secretary of Health and Human Services can promote honest, accurate information about LGBT people in its public information on HIV/AIDS and other health issues and support a national, comprehensive strategy to fight HIV/AIDS in the United States.

    STATUS: not done

  • Hate Crimes and Civil Rights: As head of the nation’s largest law- and civil rights-enforcement entities, the president can appoint an attorney general committed to fighting bias-motivated violence against LGBT Americans, as well as to rigorously enforcing all civil rights protections.

    STATUS: In the works!  Eric Holder, who is expected to be confirmed As U.S. Attorney General  very soon, is a good friend to LGBT people.

  • Federal Funded Non-Discrimination: The president can ensure that no social service program uses federal funding to discriminate against LGBT Americans.  And although the LGBT community celebrates America’s tradition of religious liberty, the president can oppose the use of religious liberty as a proxy for anti-LGBT discrimination.

    STATUS:  not done.

  • Judicial Appointments: A fair-minded judiciary is critical to the civil rights of all Americans. LGBT Americans rely upon the president to appoint judges with a robust understanding of fundamental rights and equal protection, and who respect Congress’ power to enact civil rights legislation.

    STATUS:  unknown.  I don’t know if Obama has a had time to make and judicial appointments yet.

    kevinchi also reminds us that Obama could sign the

  • United Nations resolution decriminalizing homosexuality

    STATUS: not done.

  • UPDATE below fold

    The paper tells us today that Obama has sent the DADT question away for study.  Because you know, no one has ever studied it before. / eye roll /

    This led me to thinking – has Obama used his power of executive order to send any positive signals to the LGBT community?  Please, if he has done one concrete thing that actually helps us (rather than giving the haters ammunition to block progress, as with the DADT study), let me know.

    I suggest that he at least proclaim Valentines Day a national day of respect for all loving couples.  But I suspect we’re more likely to see him promise to, someday, if we’re good and if the normal people allow him, proclaim the day after Valentines day as National Love Crumbs Day for Teh Gayz. (more…)

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