This time baby, I'll be bulletproof
Despite recent small and temporary advances in securing some rights that might make us kind of equal to heterosexuals, many bloggers, pundits and organizations are still cranky about this week's progress. How many qualifiers did I put in that first sentence? About 5. Anyway, how could we be so ungrateful after being thrown such a delicious, juicy bone?
Because it's just a dry, stale Scooby Snack, that's why. And most of us recognize it as such. It turns out Obama isn't our almighty savior who would bring us his promises in a heavenly downpour - instead we're getting it drop by drop. And do you know how piecemeal feels deep down inside? Kinda shitty actually. It only draws attention to and amplifies the inequality. Oh sure fine you can have this and that but not those rights. You're not good enough yet. Your partnerships are not like ours, and we don't think you should have what we have just yet.
While I was working at the University of Maryland, some benefits were extended to same-sex partners - like library use and fitness center privileges. But not the big HB, or Health Benefits. What was offered was a nice gesture, but in the end made me feel kinda shitty inside. So we got to play on the playground and go get our summer reading, but our partnerships are not deemed worthy enough for grownup benefits like health care. Maryland is workin' on fixing those discrepancies, but still. Partial benefits only reveal that our legislators think that we are only partially human.
The other point I need to make is that those of us who watched this presidential act of failed promises from Clinton for eight years aren't fooled this time around. This time we need more than words or an occasional nod in our favor. We need solid laws and legislation that protect us, and the revocation of some stupid old laws that make no sense. This time we're watching to make sure y'all keep up with your promises. Sure, it's not all on the shoulders of the President, but Obama did make an awful lot of promises to the gays, and the gays were strongly in favor of Obama and many of us worked very hard to get him into power. It's payback time Bubba, and we're keeping score this time, much like a jilted lover who is overly cautious the second time around. We've learned from past mistakes, like La Roux says:
"Been there, done that, messed around
I'm having fun, don't put me down
I'll never let you sweep me off my feet
I won't let you in again
The messages I've tried to send
My information's just not goin in."
This time, baby, I'll be Bulletproof.
It's really hard to seriously blog with the Peas playing in the background, courtesy of Bravehound's latest offering for the summer featuring: Robyn / Frankmusik / La Roux / Röyksopp / M.I.A. / Sophie Ellis Bextor / Santogold / Basement Jaxx / Black Eyed Peas / Imogen Heap / Lykke Li / The Killers / U2.
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