Courtesy of the hilarious Mrs. Bettty Bowers which came to my attention thanks to Dan. It is too good not to share, but as Dan said, it would be a lot more funny if it didn’t have such a ring of truth to it.
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After spending last weekend in Washington D.C. to participate in the National Equality and Pride March, I’ve been thinking about what the Democratic Party needs to do if they want to take back the U.S. Congress in 2018 (a tall order with the way most districts have been drawn) and the White House in 2020.
Recently, John Aravois wrote an article, Yes, Virginia, corporate America played an important role in the LGBT rights revolution, in Americablog that got me to thinking about what might need to happen to make those gains in Congress a reality. His article starts with him sharing what he learned from working with the Late Senator Ted Kennedy. While the article is focused on the relationship between corporate America and LGBT rights, he makes a point that also applies to what Democrats need to do if they want to take back the US Congress in 2018 when he wrote,
“Being successful in politics, and getting what you want in both policy and legislation, is about knowing what levers to push.”
Aravois was referring to what Senator Kennedy did in Congress to get votes for key legislation, but the idea has merit when it comes to rebuilding bridges where the party lost ground in the 2016 Presidential election (e.g. Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin – to name but a few) and to help accelerate change in states that were once deep red but now are slowly turning purple (e.g. North Carolina and Georgia).
One of those “levers” we need to start pushing is having the Democratic Party field more Gen X, Y and Millennials candidates. Another lever we need to pull (or maybe stop pulling) is this idea that the Democratic Party consists of Clinton supporters on one side and Sanders / Warren progressives on the other side. The fact is both those constituencies came together for the most part when and where they needed to in the 2016. It didn’t really matter though because those crucial yet fickle Independents who traditionally lean Democrat didn’t turn out so we need to make those people feel like they have a seat at the table if we expect them to turn up on election day.
My two cents
This weekend Sergio and I visited our friends David and Mark (shown above). Once upon a time these two wonderful men lived in Boston but they moved away and now Washington D.C. is now their home. The opportunity to see our friends, experience D.C. Pride for the first time and participate in the National Equality & Pride March on Sunday, June 11th made for a fantastic weekend. I’m also happy to say we weren’t the only ones from Boston; nearly everywhere we went we saw guys from Boston participating in D.C. Pride and the march. David and Mark were the consummate hosts. We were able to enjoy the D.C. Pride parade from 17th Street for an hour or so before going to their friend Rodrigo’s beautiful condo which had a very large roof deck affording great views of the parade and also happened to have a table full of cold adult beverages.
D.C. Pride was really excellent and was the perfect appetizer for the main course (so to speak), the National Equality & Pride March, the following day. I might be biased, but I thought Sergio had the best t-shirt of the entire march. Below Sergio’s photo are two nice guys who also gave me a good laugh with their Absolutely Fabulous inspired t-shirts. Following all our marching the group above which are all friends of David and Mark from D.C. and Charlotte did what all gay men do best on a Sunday afternoon – we went to brunch. Our trip was capped off with a very relaxing dinner at another friend’s home in a leafy neighborhood of D.C. All told the weekend was an amazing time and while I have no idea how many people marched on Sunday, it was a wonderful experience we will remember.
OMG Jimmy Kimmel’s remake of School House Rock’s classic, “I’m Just A Bill” is hilarious and so spot on. Did you miss this? Check it out.
13 years ago today, Massachusetts became the first state in the United States to perform and recognize same-sex marriage. Today, marriage equality is a reality throughout America from the most liberal to the most conservative of states. Think that a small liberal state in New England can’t still change the world for the better – think again.
“Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family…. The decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition.”
– Massachusetts Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, Excerpt from the Goodridge vs. Dept. of Public Health majority opinion mandating the state of Massachusetts legalize same sex marriage
In one month Sergio and I will be in Washington, D.C. to participate in The Equality March for Unity and Pride.
If you’d like to learn more about the rally and march on Sunday, June 11th in Washington, D.C. reach out to the Facebook page, here. However if you cannot make it to D.C. but want to lend your voice, many Pride celebrations around the United States are taking a decidedly political bent this year, giving you a chance to raise your voice and provide a counter point to what many (like yours truly) see as troubling policy and language coming from the White House.
If you will be in Washington, D.C. for the rally and march let me know.