Obama Includes Trans-Gendered In Transition Team

hrcOne of the many things that choked me up on Election Night was not only Sen Barack Obama’s win, but the fact that he included “Gay” people in his acceptance speech. I was damp around the eye-lids, I have to admit. True, GLBT folks were handed a terrible setback with California’s Proposition 8 story, but you have to admit: Getting mentioned during a Presidential Election Acceptance speech is a very big deal! The GLBT community has come a very long way in the past 37 years since Stonewall.

Obama seems to be keeping on track by including a non-discrimination policy as his transition team is assembled. Again, a caveat for the GLBT community who will be judged on the merit of their work – and not by their clothes, their sexuality or their sexual identity. For the first time in American history, gay and trans gendered applicants will be hired by their talent and their work ethic. And that, is worth bragging about.

From Page Q:

The Obama-Biden Transition Project does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by law,” says the website of the Office of the President-elect, Change.gov.

ACLU Senior Legislative Counsel Christopher E. Anders said the statement sends a clear message from the Obama-Biden team. Anders goes on:

“As the new Administration gears up, it should be focused on hiring the best people for the job,” Anders added. “By including sexual orientation and gender identity in its non-discrimination policy, the Obama-Biden transition team makes clear that it will focus on the relevant qualities that actually predict an applicant’s success on the job – professional experience, character, skills and education.”

GLBT people finally might get the break they’ve longed for in this new Administration. Anders continues:

“President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden, by explicitly rejecting the bigotry and intolerance of the past, are committing that gay, lesbian, and transgender professionals can serve in government without fear of discrimination,” Anders added. “This is a critical next step in securing the basic rights of LGBT community.”

Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese weighed in by saying:

“We’re already seeing the initial signs that President-elect Obama is committed to welcoming the experience and talents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people within his administration. After years of President Bush’s special counsel refusing to enforce fair hiring practices in regards to LGBT workers, this statement signals that change is happening and that our community is a rightful part of it.”

Yes, loosing in California’s Proposition 8 was a difficult blow. But knowing, fianlly — that we have a friend in the White House, makes it all worth while. I’m expecting hundreds of new opportunities opening up including a death watch on that ridiculous “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” thing.

So we had a set back. Big deal. All we need to do is find our tiaras, hop back up on those stilettos and finish the fight in California and everywhere. And with Obama in the White House, we’re allowed an extra little shaving of hope once again.

MRE: WATCHING THEIR TINY HEADS EXPLODE

Actually, it’s fun to cruise along the Konservative Bloggers sites in Minnesota. I find it entertaining. The whining, the crabbing, the bitching…It’s just fun! They gossip about rumor control over Barack Obama, or they hen-peck Minnesota Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie on this US Senate Recountgate thing.

It’s a bit like tolerating your Mom who won’t shut up when she found that joint in your jeans pocket. It isn’t bad enough that you were too stoned to remember rescue your doobage before throwing the jeans into the laundry; its the continued bitching a week later about the horrors of chemicals used as pesticides on pot from third world countries, lung cancer and the famous “soft drugs lead to LSD”.

The Power Line Blog is such a place. The past four days, nothing has been blogged but bitching about Obama’s election, the horrors that Obama could be, nay…”might be” meeting with Hamas, or this complaint here:

Our Dartmouth correspondent reports from Hanover that the students appearing in the video above marched to Dartmouth President Wright’s house on the evening of November 4 and screamed until he came outside in his pajamas to give a speech. She adds:

On the day of the election, the college Democrats covered literally every inch of every sidewalk on campus with stuff like “Your ballot should look like this” and then a drawing of a ballot with Obama/Biden, Hodes, etc. checked off. And they put yard signs on the Green, which is not allowed, and stickers in the halls and bathrooms of all the dorms and buildings including the library, which is also not allowed.

Ah, the wonders of “diversity” in the Ivy League!

The video Scott, the author, is talking about can be seen here:

Yes, that’s right boys and girls: Scott Johnson, from the Power Line Blog, is complaining that there are far too many white kids who go to Dartmouth. That whole “diversity” thing is thrown out because Dartmouth is apparently a mecca for America’s “Great White Youth”.

Mr. Johnson seems to be disgruntled that Dartmouth students weren’t stuffing their fists deep into their pockets, grumbling and crabbing because John McCain didn’t win. Since these ‘bleach white” Dartmouth students didn’t go out and vote for Sarah Palin, they deserve to have the race card punked against them.

You see what I mean? Entertainment!

Michael B Brodkorb over at that pathetic gossip-blog “Minnesota Democrats Exposed” wrote:

COMING TOMORROW ON MINNESOTA DEMOCRATS EXPOSED: WHO IS MARK RITCHIE? A COMPLETE BACKGROUND

Tomorrow on Minnesota Democrats Exposed, I will be publishing a detailed post all about Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and his hyper-partisanship. Think of my post as Mark Ritchie for Dummies.

No blogger or reporter in the entire world has written more posts or stories about Ritchie than me, so please check back to Minnesota Democrats Exposed.

We’ll have to check back with Mr. Brodkorb. Afterall, curious minds demand to know every inch and moment of Mark Ritchie’s life. I mean, Ritchie’s a liberal for chrissakes! There has to be TONS and TONS of information worth studying and blogging about!

The entire blog entry, if it even appears, will be slanted towards suspicion, hatred and will demand Ritchie’s head be put on a pike. …It’s what they always do!

They’re in the minority, and they just can’t come to accept that the majority of Americans thinks they’re all a bunch of wack jobs.