Democratic_candidates

It’s always been a struggle to get people to understand that all gays aren’t white and all Blacks aren’t straight. 

According to the Black Same-Sex Households in the United States Report authored jointly by the National Black Justice Coalition and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the 2000 Census reported that there were almost 85,000 Black same-sex couples in the United States.  Some 14% of all same-sex couples who self-identified on the US Census were Black same-sex couples.  In California, there were over 6,000 self-identified Black same-sex couples representing 6.1 %.  While we know there are more, this number represents the number of Black same-gender loving comfortable enough to identify themselves as being such.

Despite the prejudice Black gays face due to racism and anti-gay bias, Black same-sex couples create and sustain stable families, many of them with children, and defy hurtful stereotypes of both Black people and gay and lesbian people but whose voices and opinions are often silenced in the both the gay community (racism) and in the Black community (homophobia).

Last week letters went out requesting the attendance of the leading Democratic and Republican candidates to attend the first ever African-American LGBT Presidential Forum being held in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 23rd in the historic African-American community of Leimert Park…not West Hollywood.  The thought was that since the candidates were going to be spending some time in California campaigning before our February 5th primary election, why not kill three birds with one stone and meet with women, gays, and Blacks, one of the most underrepresented and marginalized groups of voters nationwide.

Why?  Because it’s always been a struggle to get people to understand that all gays aren’t white and all Blacks aren’t straight or homophobic as presumed.  You want to talk about a real change and audacity, meeting with minority gays I would say demonstrates both.

But since the requests have gone out, I’ve heard from two, count em’ two camps, Hillary’s and Obama’s, and neither one of them confirmed.  It was more like we’ll see what we can do.

What’s up with that?

I have a feeling if we were one of the big gay groups requesting their appearance or one of the leading Black civil rights groups, it would be a done deal by now.  But since we’re Black and gay it’s like, oh well we already did the gay thing. 

So to that end, and because time is a wastin’, I have listed below the contacts for all of the candidates.  Please take a moment today to call, fax, and email the candidates and make a personal request for them to confirm to attend Wednesday’s Forum. 

I don’t know if it’s because they don’t think we care or that because we’re gay we only care about gay marriage, but it’s important that we are represented at some point during this election.  Especially given the HRC and Obama debacle last year that had Obama in South Carolina with once gay now turned openly homophobic gospel singer Donnie McClurkin in an attempt to sway Black voters.  Matters only got worse when after a nationwide protest and through the advise of the HRC, Obama’s camp extended an invitation to a white openly gay pastor to address the Blacks gathered for the event.  But please don’t get me started on that one again…

So for the next couple of days, let’s spend some time making our voices heard.  If it’s going to happen now is the time.


DEMOCRATS:

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton for President Committee

1717 K Street, N.W.
Suite 1001
Washington, D.C. 20036
PHONE (202) 263-0180
FAX (202) 263-0181
info@hillaryclinton.com 

Los Angeles
600 S. La Fayette Park Place
Los Angeles, CA 90057   
Phone: (213) 908-0190

John Edwards for President
410 Market Street
Suite 400
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
PHONE (919) 636-3131
FAX (919) 967-3644
http://johnedwards.com/about/contact/form/

Dennis Kucinich
Kucinich for President 2008

11808 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44111
Phone: 1 (877) 41-DENNIS
http://kucinich.us/contact

Barack Obama
Obama for America

P.O. Box 8102
Chicago, IL 60680
PHONE (866) 675-2008
http://action.barackobama.com/page/s/contact

Los Angeles
Mitchell Schwartz
3333 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 950
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: (213) 383-2008

Mike Gravel for President
P.O. Box 948
Arlington, VA 22216-0948
Office: 703-652-4698
Fax: 703-349-2958

REPUBLICANS:

Rudy Giuliani
Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee, Inc.

295 Greenwich St, #371
New York, NY 10007
212-835-9449
Communicate with Rudy’s webteam: webteam@joinrudy2008.com

Mike Huckabee
Huckabee for President Committee

P.O. Box 2008
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203
PHONE (501) 324-2008
information@explorehuckabee.com

Duncan Hunter
Hunter For President, Inc.

9340 Fuerte Drive Suite 302
La Mesa, CA 91941
Phone: (619)463-3896
Fax: (619) 463-2970
Inquiries: breanna@gohunter08.com
http://www.gohunter08.com/inner.asp?z=3

John McCain
John McCain 2008

P.O. Box 16118
Arlington, VA 22215
PHONE (703) 418-2008
http://www.johnmccain.com/Contact/

Mitt Romney
Romney for President Committee

P.O. Box 55899
Boston, MA 02205-5899
PHONE (857) 288-6400
info@mittromney.com

Tom Tancredo
Tancredo for a Secure America

501 Church Street
Suite 212
Vienna, VA 22180
Phone: (703) 255-9898
Fax: (703) 255-9899
http://tancredo.house.gov/contact/contact_contacttom.shtml

Fred Thompson for President
Friends of Fred Thompson, Inc.

P.O. Box 128349
Nashville, TN 37212-8349
IowaHQ@fred08.com
515-276-9427

Ron Paul for President
850 N. Randolph Street, Suite 122
Arlington, VA 22203
bob@ronpaul2008.com