He showed that it was possible to be both openly gay and be elected to high public office, and he is reasonably progressive on most issues. However, he is a politician first and foremost. He has shown time and again that he has no apparent qualms about throwing his own community under the bus for the sake of "compromise," and he has been very unwilling to take any kind of leadership position among the GLBT community lest he be "branded" as "that fag in Congress" by his political opponents.
I've admired Sen. Frank for his leadership on certain progressive issues, and also that he's been upfront about his orientation (unlike certain others... ).
But your point is well taken. However, you have to admit that he is on a slippery slope. I imagined he weighed his options and decided what would be most effective for him, though I do think that the fact that he's been upfront since the beginning should make it somewhat easier for others who follow...
12. Barney Frank supported removing the transgendered from
Edited on Tue Dec-16-08 07:33 AM by jonnyblitz
protection under ENDA so I hardly consider him a leader of the community. The transgendered possibly need the protection under ENDA the most for chrissake. so fuck him on this. ENDA is Employment Non-Discrimination Act, btw.
19. That's perfectly alright, but thanks! I usually don't get too many replies, LOL.
I understand, if that was his motivation, since something is better than nothing. But it's still pretty sad that this segment of the population would endure the most prejudice. I never knew that. And I'd imagine that it's a very small segment of the population, compared to the gay community, which is quite large. Thanks for enlightening me!
Also, notice my reply #17 on this thread on Barney Frank speaking out against Rick Warren.
2. The GLBT movement has never really been based on "leaders" per se.
Edited on Sun Dec-14-08 11:38 PM by PaulHo
One of the distinctive thing about our politics is that it has generally been participatory.( I hate the phraseology "grass roots", but it does apply here.)
Harvey Milk took on mythic proportions when ... and because... he was murdered. He broke ground as SF's first openly gay elected official and deserves credit for all he did but the movement was driven by hundreds of thousands of people who wanted a better , more complete life than the system was willing to allow them..... not by Harvey.
Point: let's not wait around for another "Harvey Milk". That will be a long wait indeed. Even Harvey Milk wasn't "Harvey Milk".
What a great film. A very inspiring picture of activism with a lot of good history. I was a child in the '70's and didn't realize that was when Anita Bryant was oozing her way across the country with her hate.
I hope a lot of people see this. Sean Penn is great in it. I kept forgetting it was him. It was incredibly moving.
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