I'm in. I'm sitting in the press room at the HRC presidential candidates' forum (along with Fox News, among others). I'll be live-blogging from here for the next couple hours. Keep refreshing Bilerico for my comments and analysis here; watch the forum itself here. (Go here for the plug-in to watch the livestream on a Mac.)
I'm already struck by the streamlined clarity of the HRC project we're all about to witness (equal rights to straightness for same-sex couples, basically). Of the 15 questions on the questionnaire they sent the candidates, 9 deal with benefits for coupledom. Then there's hate crimes and adoption, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and job discrimination. And finally (literally, right there at the end), HIV/AIDS funding (mostly treatment, a lil bit of prevention) and sex ed. So is it that the HRC is purely, simply an assimilationist project that poses no challenge to the norms that suggest (just for instance) that
- marriage is the ultimate goal and project of (everyone's!) adult life
- the link between domestically bound long-term coupledom and health care is reasonable and acceptable
- the prison-industrial complex does a good job at addressing violence (what, hasn't it already?)
Or is it more like, "What else could you ask presidential candidates?" I mean, let's understand the role they're playing. (Though I am very intrigued by Barack Obama's seeming endorsement of Stonewall activism earlier today...) And hey, I'm not a hater, just a hoper.
(And, no, I did not leave my laptop unattended with the feds.)