In this week's Washington Blade, a front page article declares the sudden access accorded representatives of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to the White House. The supposition is a return of GLBTQ people and issues to the White House after eight years of the wilderness during the Bush Administration.
Certainly, gay and lesbian groups described the situation under President Bush as no access. But are they exaggerating when they say that the situation with President Obama is virtually an open door policy?
So far, the HRC's legislative director has been to the White House twice and the President of the organization attended a bill signing.
The excitement from some of the membership of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) is noteworthy as well. One blogger refers top the Obama Presidency as "we now live in a country with a community organizer in chief."
The list of expected legislative actions and executive decisions to create, or in the case of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," to overturn, are long from both of these GLBTQ rights organizations. Yet, the sense of the possible is strong.
However, I was intrigued by the reactions of several DC-area GLBTQs to the change in the White House. The focus for most of the people that I have spoken with is on the economy, whether because they recently were laid off from their jobs, or simply because of the hit their retirement savings suffered.
In the column known as Bitch Session, a thread discussed a gay-themed dinner party at the White House. Let your imaginations run wild with imagery of what that would be like.
Here's what one person concluded drag queens, drag kings, male strippers, cynical gay and lesbian comedians at the table. No, just imagine how the Christians and conservatives would react.
The political lobbyists and organizations have their sense of the open door. They have their laundry list of activities. But where are the heads of the people on the ground, supposedly behind them?