Larry Kramer has an op-ed in the LA Times today called "Why do straights hate gays?" It's an interesting piece, but really not anything new. He asks the question in the title and then describes the ways in which we are oppressed - kind of a primer for heterosexuals who don't know much about the state of gay rights at this point.
Anyway, it's a good read, but I don't think that Kramer's prescription of not voting will really solve anything. He says:
Gays should not vote for any of them. There is not a candidate or major public figure who would not sell gays down the river. We have seen this time after time, even from supposedly progressive politicians such as President Clinton with his "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military and his support of the hideous Defense of Marriage Act. Of course, it's possible that being shunned by gays will make politicians more popular, but at least we will have our self-respect. To vote for them is to collude with them in their utter disdain for us.He has a point that gays being discriminated against doesn't really drive straight people to the polls to stop it. We always hear about how anti-gay folk go to the polls to vote for anti-marriage amendments and that's the reason they're cynically put on the ballot. That's because anti-gay straight folk consider it important to vote against our rights and pro-gay straight folk don't care quite as much about the whole thing. (Sorry - lots of my friends are pro-gay straight folk, but y'all really aren't getting the numbers and pressure out there in the same ways that the Focus on the Family sort do.) And GLBT votes are negligible because there are simply too few of us to actually fight that tide alone.