Alex Blaze

Obama is "firmly committed" to ending gay teen suicide

Filed By Alex Blaze | October 11, 2010 7:30 AM | comments

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"Recently, we've all been shocked and heartbroken by the deaths of several young people who had been harassed and bullied for being openly gay - or because people thought they were gay. It's a terrible tragedy. And it has turned a harsh spotlight on an issue that often doesn't get the public attention it deserves. The struggles of LGBT youth. The enormous pain that too many experience as a result of bullying. And the desperate, tragic decision by some young people who feel that their only recourse is to take their own lives.

No young person should have to endure a life of relentless taunts and harassment, just because they're gay. On behalf of President Obama, I want to make clear that this administration is firmly committed to working with you and other advocates."

--Senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett


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Bullshit. Valerie Jarrett is a liar and a hypocrite, just like her boss. Meanwhile Obama continues to fight for the status quo of gay second class citizenship while listening to lil (no homo) wayne on his ipod. How dare she grandstand and try to score political points on the dead bodies of gay youth. She and Obama have blood on their hands. They can go fuck themselves.

While the sentiment is nice, I have to wonder...Is his administration's "firm commitment" to ending gay teen suicide like the 'firm commitment' to ending DADT, repealing DOMA, or passing ENDA?

"Firmly committed' is several rungs down the ladder from 'fierce advocate.' In other words, if we leave it up to the White House, gay teens are screwed.

Hm. An executive order ending DADT would be a firm commitment. Dropping his 'personal objections' to marriage equality would be a firm commitment. Right now all I see is wishy-washy commitment. Time for a stiffer backbone, Mr President.

Does he have a "firm commitment" stiff enough to tell evangelical Christians that they have no right to use their religious views as an excuse to disrupt the learning environment of other students in our public school systems? No? Then his "firm commitment" isn't firm enough, and his grasp of the problem is not clear enough.

Until school officials get the message that the fight against bullying is all about establishing and maintaining a healthy learning environment for all students, they will not utilize the rhetorical tools nor the administrative tools they need to solve this problem.

california panda | October 11, 2010 5:31 PM

If this administration were given over to anything BUT lipservice to LGBT issues they'd be pushing the bejeesus out of ENDA passage, DOMA repeal, and DADT repeal. Sorry, but I don't see any of that coming down the pipe any time soon. I see quiet while the election countdown occurs. I see broken promises being re-packaged and aired. I see requests for money and support for foot dragging and stonewalling. Dems couldn't or wouldn't make good on their promises when they had a majority. How is anyone to believe they'll make good on them when they dont have one.

Until the administration steps up and actually does something real toward the passage of ENDA, the repeal of DADT and the repeal of DOMA, and does these things in a TRANSGENDER-INCLUSIVE way, 'firm commitment' is nothing more than lip service. The proof of our president's commitment to the LGBT community is in his actions, or the lack thereof.