Ok... in my post on here yesterday, I kind of doubted going to the State Party Convention. I'm going to go now, but only to show the "leaders," politicians and legislators that I'm here, I'm open and I'm proud... and guess what: I'm not going any where and I want my issues heard, not ignored.
I'm not the only LGBT Democrat who feels this way though. There are plenty of us, nationwide, who feel as though our state parties and the DNC (under the leadership of Dean) have done nothing but take our cash and run.
I found this nice little write up today:
Democrats take the Gay-Lesbian Vote for Granted
After making the overworked Donald Hitchcock a sacrificial lamb, now the DNC is attempting to silence the party’s gay activists. Choosing to let Donald go was a mistake. Now we have a new director, Brian Bond, without a strategic plan and without the funding, institutional support or time to handle both fundraising and outreach to the LGBT community. And if that weren’t enough, the DNC’s LGBT and field staff have to divide their time between handling an immense task and calming the critics of the program.
Taking the LGBT vote for granted is a luxury the DNC cannot afford with crucial 2006 midterm elections approaching. It is likely that the LGBT vote will play a very important role in deciding who is elected and who falls just short this season. When marriage equality is once again hitting the radio and TV airwaves in a craven attempt to turn out the votes of the narrow-minded, the Democratic Party will need to rely on the organization of LGBT Democrats to counterbalance the issue. Without a strong and active LGBT field program from 2006 to 2008, the Democratic Party risks losing the substantial gains it made in organizing the LGBT community during the 2004 campaign. The hard work of LGBT field staff during the 2004 election cycle is now deteriorating and dissent is growing.
The LGBT community is one of the most engaged demographics. It is looking for a party that will fight for its issues. But under the leadership of Howard Dean, the Democratic Party continues to signal to LGBT votes that they will take our money but do not take up our issues for fear of appearing too liberal.
Click here to read the whole write-up and the rest of my thoughts on the Democratic Party and the LGBT vote.