Bil Browning

Hillary always classes up the joint

Filed By Bil Browning | October 21, 2010 8:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Michele Flournoy, Secretary of State, Situation Room, Spirit Day

This shot of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Situation Room yesterday with President Obama and other civilian and military leaders is simply striking. Clinton is wearing purple in solidarity for Spirit Day to honor the recent LGBT youth suicides. Picture is via the White House.

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The other woman sitting in back who is also wearing purple is Under Secretary of Defense Michèle A. Flournoy


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As a gay man, I was shocked yesterday when our student, who has not revealed his sexual orientation, was attacked after being asked if he was gay and mocked for dribbling a basketball in a way the perpetrator considered "gay dribbling." The school and police are refusing to treat it as a hate crime despite our state's hate crime statute including a "real or perceived sexual orientation" clause.

Wearing purple will do little to affect gay bullying.

Where did this happen? Please tell us some more.

It's from the Situation Room in the White House yesterday. They were having a meeting about Afghanistan.

Rann, I'm not sure if your talking about the brief or the gay-bashing for supposed sexual orientation, but it was at a school in the Las Vegas Metro Area. The staff and school police were quite willing to ignore that the attack was motivated by the belief our student is gay.

Regan DuCasse | October 21, 2010 4:47 PM

If our President had worn a purple tie that day, I would have been pissed.
He's made so many empty gestures and supported things that have contradicted his stated intentions, it would have been an insult for him to wear anything purple.

Can I get a witness?

I was going to say just the opposite: That he couldn't even be bothered to wear a token shirt or tie.

@symbiote: I'd ask the boy if his parents would be upset by it and have them get involved / press charges. Technically as his guardian, they have the right to do so.

I do think to some degree that showing support, even in a token gesture, is empowering. If nothing else it lets students know which teachers may be sympathetic and supporting if they need someone to talk to and have an existing connection to that teacher. I would have loved such a thing when I was in school, to know which teachers were progressive and which weren't, as it wasn't always obvious based on their behavior in class.