Friday, July 24, 2009


This is the IN THE LV interview with Jeff Sharlet, author of "The Family".

Be afraid.

Be very afraid.

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Hi! What an exciting time we are living in here in one of the greatest states in the union, Nevada! We are about to exercise our rights as members of the strongest and proudest political party in the country and elect the people we believe will be able to lead the way into the future as we make sure this state leads the way in maintaining a strong Democratic Party hold on the levers of power here in Clark County, throughout the state of Nevada and all over the country.

Whomever you choose to vote for, please remember, you must vote for those who are willing to think outside of the box and are proactive, as opposed to reactive and who are tireless in their dedication to the ideals of progressive leadership and a true love of country and the democratic process.

Please also know that while many can claim long residence or impressive resumes, oftentimes it's the new kid on the block who brings fresh and forward looking ideas to the table.

My following recommendations are not against anyone, they are for people I have personally seen in action and am proud to support and call friends.


Andrew is a tireless worker and well qualified for this position. His own professional background fits like a glove to the job requirements of 1st Vice Chair. He has been a stalwart of the Democratic Party and a stand up guy.

This position needs someone with Addie's vision for the future. Addie understands that there is a difference between resume building and true dedication to grassroots organizing for the future of the party. Addie has worked constantly as an unpaid volunteer since the primaries while holding down a full time job. In talking to Addie I hear a young woman who understands that many of the old ways of doing business are just not sufficient anymore. She is the future of the Democratic Party and I know that with her at the helm new ways of reaching out to young people, seniors, minorities and women will be devised and implemented with the end result being victory in 2010 and beyond for the Democratic Party in Nevada.

I have been impressed with Sanje since our first meeting over a year ago. I have NEVER attended a Democratic Party event in that time and not seen Sanje there as an active participant. In addition to his professional background, Sanje is a man who came to our great country to pursue the American Dream and through hard work and dedication, he has achieved it. With Sanje in the is position, we would not only get a hard worker we would get a man who reflects the dreams of millions of new Americans and Nevadans. His ideas for membership retention and recruitment are second to none, yet, his mind is quite open to always hearing a new idea or take a suggestion from all quarters.

I do hope that you vote for these people, but, more importantly, you must vote. These people running have pledged to dedicate a huge portion of their personal lives to represent you and deserve a few moments of your time tomorrow.

Thank you,

Derek Washington

Monday, July 20, 2009

Friday, July 10, 2009


We've got trouble right here in LGBT City.

We are adrift. We are a skiff without even the smallest rudder. We bounce from issue to issue all under the umbrella of "wanting our equal rights".


We don't understand why we dont't have them yet. We voted overwhelmingly for Obama.

He was our saviour, no?


We did everything we were supposed to do. We bought McMansions in Summerlin. We got a table at the big HRC Gala.

And rented a tux too.

We even adopted perfectly lovely mixed race children whom we will screw up over time just like straight people.

What more could they want from us?

How about a leader?

It aint Obama.

It never was.

We put a cloak of Gay Divinty on him that he never said he would wear. When Prop 8 passed, we turned our vitriol on the Black community and said it was their fault and how dare they betray us?

After all, we voted for "him".

Turns out it wasn't the Black folks fault. It was the power sucking vacuum at the top of the "leadership" ladder of the LGBT "community" who screwed up by doing what they had always done.

Our so called "leadership" is moribund and molding like that cake of Miss Havishams sitting in a musty corner of a Victorian sitting room.

Like members of some Republican country club, they sit with stogies and Mojitos in hand pondering whether or not to get off of their asses and actually go down to the fields and pull a weed or just stay in air conditioned comfort and chortle about how the field workers get all sweaty and while that may be "hot", it won't happen "in my Guccis".



These self appointed Nabobs of LGBTwood so thoroughly screwed up the battle for Prop 8 that it spawned a new community of grassroots activists across the country. After all, "I can" is the American way of life. Gay or Straight.

That is a welcome development. However, now, like a dead mother spider( how apt an analogy for the Gay "leadership" if I do say so myself. And I do.)with dozens of babies running all over the kitchen floor scattering hither and yon, the LGBT movement has become some scatter shot approach to achieving equality. At best.

While not denigrating the amazing efforts of groups like MEET IN THE MIDDLE and STAND OUT FOR EQUALITY, we will never have anything except pieces of equality here and there until we find our Leader.

Thing is, we may just have to grow him or her.

We have a long and hard slog ahead of us. Are we prepared for that? Are we willing to drive through the dark in hateful places that don't want us or to board buses and go and demand our rights? If the water cannons are turned on us, will we cry and run away?

Or will we stand our ground and finally learn the words to "We shall overcome"?

A lot of colored Gays, myself included, take great umbrage whenever a White male compares the Gay struggle to the struggle for Civil Rights by the (my) Black community.

It is NOT the same and please don't try to co-opt it.

A Gay person can "Butch up" and fly under the radar. A Black person seldom can "White up" and do the same.

It's especially irritating to hear such arguments coming from White males. I don't know how many White males understand that Gay or Straight, you truly are at the top of the food chain and your sufferings, however egregious they may be, are not ever going to equal the suffering and inequities of life doled out by other White males on Women and minorities. Sorry, that's the way it is.

I do understand why White Gays identify with the Civil Rights movement.


But. It is not the same.

Now, may I suggest that we look at the tactics of the Civil Rights movement and study the work of Bayard Rustin (please Google him if you have ANY desire to make change) and take away from these elements the framework of what OUR movement can be.

We must have civil disobedience on a scale that this country hasn't seen since 1964 in the deepest parts of Alabama. We must withhold our dollar contributions to national organizations that say we are all on the same boat as they drive off in a bus with us underneath it.

We MUST paper over our divisions within our own LGBT community in order to move ahead.

Guess what? A lesbian is every bit as good as a Gay guy is as good as a Transgender is a good as an HIV poz person is as good as a Black, Latino, Asian, Native American, Disabled person in the LGBT "rainbow" of things.

We use that rainbow symbol, not because it's so pretty and "gay". We use it because, much like the wonderful awfulness (awful because of why it even needed to be done.) of those giant AIDS quilts of the not too far past, the rainbow reflects the amazing diversity of the LGBT community.

In order to move ahead and attain what truly does belong to us, we must embrace that rainbow. We must understand that no one group can or ever will speak for the LGBT community.

We must set a place at the table for everyone.

We need Leadership that looks like us.

That looks like America.

Which brings me back to "Leadership".

Who are our leaders? Where are they? Are they there and the current leechist system at the top squashing them as they arise (talk to the MEET IN THE MIDDLE folks about that)?

Are you a leader?

Am I?


More to come.