I, like many others in the LGBT community, was very happy that President Obama made the courageous step of including LGBT history and rights a part of his inauguration speech. I’m proud of him for doing that. As impressive as that is, there’s always more work to be done, and more disenfranchised people to be recognized and protected.
Okay first off, if you haven’t watched Obama’s inauguration speech please do so, it is so very worth your time.
Typically, inaugurations are more about what a great nation America is, with only a few broad points about policy or what they wish to accomplish in the next few years. Well boys and girls, this time was different.
It used to be that politicos had to proclaim their intolerance to get a seat at the table. Now, that same intolerance will get you kicked to the curb.
The NYTimes reports that Reverend Louie Giglio, an Atlanta-based minister, has given up his chance to deliver the benediction for President Obama’s inauguration. The reason? People found out about an anti-gay sermon from the mid-90s in which he preached that homosexuals are going to Hell. I’m wondering where Obama expects to find a mainstream pastor who didn’t preach against the gays in the mid-90s, but that’s neither here nor there.
It seems like this one barely lasted long enough to be controversial. Remember four years ago when Rick Warren got to give the invocation, despite the controversy? And he’s still saying bone-headed things about gays on a near-daily basis.
WikiQueer founder and lead administrator Gregory Varnum explained why he started the program in a press release: “I felt drawn to the concept of presenting LGBT information via wikis for years,” Varnum said. “Helping with dozens of pages and projects on Wikipedia and assisting with the development of specialized LGBT wiki projects fulfilled some of that. However, I consistently came back to the need for a truly comprehensive wiki by and for the LGBT communities, free of any community politics.”
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