DADT. ENDA. DOMA. These four-letter words are familiar to almost
everyone involved in the struggle for gay civil rights. Like it or
not, they form the core of the national "gay agenda." When Barack
Obama ran for president, he promised repeal of the Don't Ask,
Don't Tell military gay ban and passage of the Employment Non-
Discrimination Act. He also said he would push for repeal of the
federal Defense of Marriage Act, even though he was personally
against same-sex marriage.
Obama and the Gays presents a clear, lively, in-depth review of
Barack Obama's policies on gay issues, from the early days of his
political career through his meteoric rise to prominence--all in
the context of the political landscape of the times--and examines
the role the gay community has played in Obama's victories.
Obama and the Gays also documents the actions and reactions
of influential gay organizations and gay community leaders to
Obama's speeches, positions, and decisions that directly affect the
lives of our LGBT citizens.
Midway through Obama's first term in office, how is he doing?
Veteran gay journalist Tracy Baim and a host of voices within the
gay community take a close look at Obama's trajectory on gay
issues, from his Illinois Senate candidacy to his run for U.S. Senate
and then U.S. president. Written near the end of his first two years
in office, Obama and the Gays assesses his progress on gay and
AIDS issues, and also the frustrations of a gay movement.
In the first book ever published on this topic, Baim is joined by
some of the most respected LGBT journalists, bloggers, and activists
from around the U.S. Dozens of national and Chicago activists are
interviewed about their views on Obama's gay record. There are
also 50 pages of photos, images, and memorabilia from Obama's
campaigns and legislative career.
President Obama has accomplished more for gay rights than any
previous president, but many of his most crucial promises have
yet to be fulfilled. This exciting new book presents a wide range
of information, opinions, and interviews, so readers can make up
their own minds about the track record for gay rights of the 44th
president of the United States.
The Rev. Irene Monroe
Rep. Tammy Baldwin
Rep. Barney Frank
Rep. Jared Polis
... and many more