Obama: Free the Gays!

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Obama: Free the Gays!

Dear President Obama,

According to reputable GLBTIQ historians, President Abraham Lincoln had a male companion, Joshua Speed, with whom he shared a bed for several years. Doubtless this extended male contact informed Lincoln’s understanding of the essential humanity of those persons whose only shame is to be the object of their oppressor’s scorn, repulsion, and hatred.

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You so greatly honored Lincoln during your inauguration by taking your oath holding his Bible. As the first black President of the USA, you can repay the favor for Lincoln’s abolition of slavery of African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities, by enacting a nondiscrimination bill that would protect gender and sexual minorities and grant them equal and full status as American taxpayers?

President Obama, like your predecessor Lincoln, you are in a unique position to liberate millions of GLBTIQ citizens from centuries of needless hatred.

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You understand the exploitation and oppression of gay lesbian bisexual transgender intersex queer questioning and all sexual minorities.

You can lead on civil rights and equality by framing the national debate to recognize that individuals’ sexual autonomy and security is part of their inalienable human rights.

You can affirm that the social benefits of government presently denied to GLBTIQ people and their families should be extended to all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

You can issue a statement that will affirm the essential civil liberties and human rights of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, intersex, and queer citizens and the millions of their family members.

I petition you to create a new civil rights act protecting gender and sexual minorities that goes beyond the repeal of DOMA and DADT, or a Transgenderqueer and Intersex inclusive ENDA.

Please, President Obama, free the gays. You can do it. Yes, you can!

yours sincerely,

Ron J. Suresha

New London, CT

Author: Ron Suresha

Ron Jackson Suresha is an editor, anthologist, and writer. He is considered an authority on emergent queer masculinities, in particular the subcultures of gay and bi male Bears and of male bisexuality. For Ron's service to the bear community, he was named "Bear of the Year" 2008. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Suresha attended the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, 1976-8), where he studied creative writing, and Vista College (Berkeley, Cal., 1989-92), where he studied American Sign Language. For more than two decades, he has worked as a freelance proofreader for trade book publishers such as Shambhala Publications. He was married in October 2004 to Rocco Russo. He is also a licensed Justice of the Peace in Connecticut, an ordained minister, ULC, and a member of the New London Green Party. Nonfiction works include Bears on Bears: Interviews & Discussions; Bi Men: Coming Out (coeditor, with Pete Chvany); Bisexual Perspectives on the Life and Work of Alfred C. Kinsey (editor). His latest book is The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin: Stories, jests, and donkey tales of the beloved Persian folk hero, published by Lethe Press.