Thursday, April 22, 2010

Gay Town Hall in Washington, DC Today, 2-4 pm

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Gay Town Hall in Washington, DC Today, 2-4 pm

Gay activist and author Michelangelo Signorilewill host his LGBT Town Hall in Washignton, DCtoday between 2-4 pm.  
The event, called "an emergency summit" and entitled "The Path Forward", will be livestreamed and broadcast from Sirius XM Radio’s OutQ Channel.  Joe Sudbay from AmericaBlog Gay will be livetweeting from the forum in D.C.  AmericaBlog Gay will also be reporting via Twitter. 

Gay advocacy groups have been simmering over President Obama and the Democrats in general, due to failure to make good on pledges made during the 2008 presidential campaign.
 Also a point in question is Obama's seemingly ambiguous feeling toward the gay community.  Earlier this week,  Obama was interrupted by angry gay protesters during a fundraising speech the president was giving for Barbara Boxer.  
In addition,  already,  members of the "Trans,  Bi, and Fluid"  community are livid that they have not been invited to represent.

Gay activist groups around the nation are calling today's Town Hall a "not to be missed" event.

Signorile and The Advocate  
Signorile rose to prominence in the 1990s as a gay activist when his work Queer in America was published and when he spearheaded the national ACT UP movement.

The Advocate, the nation's leading newspaper on gay issues,  conducted an interview withSignorile this morning:

Signorile spoke with The Advocate about the special event Tuesday, hours before the latest acts of civil disobedience organized by GetEQUAL seemingly shifted the landscape once again.  

There’s been a lot of frustration with how LGBT leaders interact with the White House and engage with Congress. This event is about trying to get some answers, have a discussion, and get information about what is going to happen. It’s important to get everyone all in the same room with people who can ask questions. 

LGBT Town Hall Attendees
  •  Joe Solmonese of the Human Rights Campaign;
  •  Mara Keisling of the National Center for Transgender Equality; 
  • Rea Carey of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force;
  • blogger and activist Pam Spaulding of;
  • Aubrey Sarvis of Service Members Legal Defense Network; and
  • Richard Socarides, former advisor to Bill Clinton on gay rights.

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