As advocates for gays and lesbians intensify their criticism of the White House, President Obama has invited some of their leaders to an East Room reception next Monday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, the 1969 Greenwich Village demonstrations that gave birth to the modern gay rights movement.I know what you're thinking: Why, Liss—that sounds great! What objection could you possibly have to that, you crotchety old sourpuss?
The White House has not publicized the reception, and officials did not respond to e-mail requests for comment. But gay leaders from here and around the country said they had received either telephone calls from the White House or written invitations to the event, and were told Mr. Obama is expected to speak."They want people to [feel] welcome," said an anonymous White House staffer, dressed in a hooded cloak and Dalek Voice Changer Helmet, who quickly disappeared into the evening fog without a trace after blindfolding this reporter and spinning her around in a circle seven times.
…[One invitee] said the invitation included an offer to bring a guest. "They want people to understand that their partners are welcome," said this person, speaking anonymously because the White House has not announced the event.
(The White House did eventually confirm the event.)
One person who received the invitation said the White House was billing the event as a celebration, akin to the festive affairs the administration holds on St. Patrick's Day or Cinco de Mayo.Now, I'm about the last person who will ever be heard complaining that an event isn't formal enough, but, I've got say, it strikes me as just a wee bit (where wee bit = colossally) irreverent to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion with a "festive affair akin to" a St. Paddy's Day or Cinco de Mayo party, given that, y'know, hate crimes against queers aren't exactly what one would call a distant memory. Party down like you've got equality, bitchez!
Pam wants to know: "[I]f the gathering is like Cinco de Mayo or St. Patrick's day, what should the decorative theme be at the White House for Stonewall if it's supposed to be festive from their POV—floats and circuit boys dancing on them?" lolsob
Megafail, Obama. Megafail.