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bluedawg12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 02:51 PM
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4. Everything you list make for a great national platform.
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 02:52 PM by bluedawg12
The other issue is priorities.

What should we tackle first, second. etc.?

Ideally, we should be working on all of the issues, but some are social like aging, youth, coming out etc and some are political: DOMA, marriage equality.

If we had a national organization, then all of the things you mentioned could be part of the platform, but political issues would be prioritized based on timing and resources which are not unlimited.

Going back to the first question, why don't we have a national leader?

It seems that historically we have been fighting this State by State. It seems like we have State wide activism, in some States, but not a national political movement.

Also, we have been working under the umbrella of a national presence, like the Democratic party, which then mounts candidates such as PE Obama, who is running for national office.

So far, that means we have thrown our lot in with the best candidate that comes closest to voicing some of our concerns on a national level but certainly not all of our concerns.

I agree that your question is relevant and I was thinking about this the other day.

Is it time for a national organization?

Is it time for a national spokes person?

Memberships, dues, annual meetings? Committee's and sub committees to deal with social and political issues?

Research? A national speakers bureau?

Maybe a think tank for gay issues, as a well as a national organization, or as part of one?

I don't have the exact answer as to the details, but, I bet if something were developed, if for example a benefactor could donate a nice sum of funds to start something like that, I bet, with the internet access to the GLBTQ community even in remote places, there would be an interest in joining, support and involvement.

I think your question is spot on because the time sure seems right.

I am looking forward to what others think.

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