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Obama and the Gays
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.
reporting by
Chuck Colbert
Ross Forman
Lisa Keen
Micki Leventhal
Jerry Nunn
Karen Ocamb
Bob Roehr
Wayne Besen
Sean Cahill
John D'Emilio
Kerry Eleveld
Rod McCullom
The Rev. Irene Monroe
Michelangelo Signorile
Pam Spaulding
Timothy Stewart-Winter
Andrew Tobias
Phill Wilson
Rep. Tammy Baldwin
Brian Bond
Stampp Corbin
Rep. Barney Frank
Rep. Jared Polis
Eric Stern
Michael Bauer
Jamie Citron
Vernita Gray
Mark Ishaug
Art Johnston
Mary Morten
David Munar
Laura Ricketts
Jane Saks
Debra Shore
Kevin Thompson
Tom Tunney
... and many more

About the Author

Tracy Baim is publisher and executive editor at Windy City Media Group, which produces Windy City Times, Nightspots, and other gay media. She co-founded Windy City Times in 1985 and Outlines newspaper in 1987. She has won numerous gay community and journalism honors, including the Community Media Workshop's Studs Terkel Award in 2005. She started in Chicago gay journalism in 1984 at GayLife newspaper, one month after graduating with a news-editorial degree from Drake University. Baim is the editor of Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City's Gay Movement (2008, Agate), the first comprehensive book on Chicago's gay history; Where the World Meets, a photo book about Gay Games VII in Chicago (2007, Lulu.com-Baim served as co-vice chair of the Gay Games board); and Half Life, a novel about lesbians in the military, which was adapted for the Chicago stage and performed at American Theater Company in 2004. Baim was executive producer of the lesbian feature film Hannah Free (2008, Ripe Fruit Films), starring Sharon Gless. She was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1994 and was named a Crain's Chicago Business 40 Under 40 leader in 1995. Baim is a native Chicagoan and has been with her partner, 20-year Air Force veteran Jean Albright, for 16 years.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (September 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453801715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453801710
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,520,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is good because it does make the point that Obama's position on gay rights has been inherently political. This politicking, although preventing the GLBT and allied community from obtaining public policy as quickly as desired, was necessary to getting Obama elected and the policies which were favorable to the community passed into law.

Coming from Chicago, home to historically infamous political machines, the young politician had to say the 'right' things to get elected. He began courting the GLBT community--and their votes in his bid for the IL Senate.

And then more careful politicking around the issues of same sex marriage and gays in the military brought him to the White House. This was accomplished through improving his voting record on issues important to civil rights groups. He had to have the perfect voting record.

Obama was helped by David Geffen, who previously had backed Hillary Clinton, moving over to his campaign. By the time of the Denver convention Obama obtained the party nomination--and support of the community.

Alluding to his own discomfort with same sex marriage, the African American presidential nominee also inferred that he understood discrimination. Convention delegates believed in a concrete version of 'change' which would transform how the country granted civil rights based on civil rights and gender identity.

The administration's first major stumble was inviting notoriously anti-gay pastor Rick Warren to inaugural festivities. It seemed a particularly inappropriate message for the new president's 'inclusive' America--and ironic in light of the volunteer hours which GLBT people and their allies had donated to his campaign.
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This book will become the major source for historical information on this issue for the period through his election. The book is exhaustive and very well documented. It is of special interest to historians, but can be a valuabe read for any person seriously intersted in the subject.Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage
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If You want many details and particulars from a most diverse group of perspectives, this is the authoritative source on this subject.
From his days in the Illinois State Senate, up to May 2010 in his still unfolding Presidency: numerous essays, interviews and pictures tell the story of this unprecedented era in LGBT history.
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