The Stonewall Advocate
January 2011Page 2
The January Meeting of the Stone-wall Democrats of Dallas will takeplace at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan.18, at Ojeda’s Restaurant, located at4617 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX 75219.We will deputize voter registrars.Please arrive at 6 p.m. for socialtime. Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
DCDP Executive Committee Meets
Dallas County Democratic Party willhold its Executive Committee Meet-ing at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8,at the CWA Hall, located at 1408 N.Washington Ave., Dallas, TX 75204.All precinct chairs must attend.
Last month, 12 folks either joinedor renewed with the StonewallDemocrats of Dallas: Susan An-derson, Laila Crosby, Dr. TheresaDaniel, Al Daniels, Pam Gerber,Hon. Katy Hubener, Elaine Laroa,Larry Lozon, Tony McMullin, JosephMiller, Kat Truitt and Hon. Tina Yoo.Membership is only $35, whichincludes memberships for the TexasStonewall Democratic Caucus andNational Stonewall Democrats. To join, visit www.stonewalldemocrat-sofdallas.org.
Nationwide Democratic Phone Call
On Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 11:30a.m. (Central Standard Time), theDemocratic National Committee,Organizing for America and NationalStonewall Democrats are hosting anationwide call to discuss progressmade over the last two years. Thecurrent proposal to repeal the Afford-able Care Act (Healthcare Reform) isamong the topics to be covered. AllStonewall affiliates and members areencouraged to join the call. The dial-in information is: Operator AssistedToll-Free Dial-In Number: (888) 527-0604, Conference Code # 37834221.Operator Assisted InternationalDial-In Number: (706) 634–7735,Conference Code # 37834221.
By Jesse Garcia
On Tuesday, Jan. 25, President BarackObama will give his State of the Unionaddress, which will be televised at 8 p.m.(Central Standard Time). Subjects that willprobably dominate the president’s speechwill be the economy (upward trend, jobcreation and deficit reduction), the War inAfghanistan and Global War on Terrorism,and issues of education and health care.Many predict the president will also ad-dress the recent tragedy in Tucson, Ariz.,and call for civility among Americans andpolitical parties.LGBT activists anxiously await to hear what equality proposals the President willmention. In last year’s SOTU, which waswatched by more than 48 million people,the president called for the repeal of Don’tAsk Don’t Tell, and he followed through bysigning the repeal into law on Dec. 22.Top civil rights priorities for the LGBTcommunity in 2011 include the repeal of Defense of Marriage Act, a fully-inclusiveEmployee Non Discrimination Act and theUniting American Families Act.
What is the State of the Union for LGBTAmericans?
Under the Obama Administra-tion, the following has been accomplished:• Signed the Matthew Shepard and JamesByrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act• Signed repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell• Signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treat-ment Extension Act• Signed the UN Declaration on SexualOrientation and Gender Identity• Extended benefits to same-sex partnersof federal employees• Lifted the HIV Entry Ban• Issued diplomatic passports, and providedother benefits, to the partners of same-sexforeign service employees• Committed to ensuring that HUD’s corehousing programs are open to all, regard-less of sexual orientation or gender identity• Conceived a National Resource Center for LGBT Elders• Banned job discrimination based on gen-der identity in the federal government• Eliminated the discriminatory Census Bu-reau policy that kept gay relationships frombeing counted• Instructed the Department of Health andHuman Services to require any hospital re-ceiving Medicare or Medicaid funds to allowLGBT visitation rights• Required all grant applicants seekingHousing Urban Development funding tocomply with state and local anti-discrimina-tion laws that protect LGBT individuals• Adopted transgender recommendations onthe issuance of gender-appropriate pass-ports that will ease barriers to safe traveland that will provide government-issued IDthat avoids involuntary “outing” in situationsrequiring ID, like hiring, where a gender-ap-propriate driver’s license or birth certificateis not available• Extended domestic violence protections toLGBT victims• Extended the Family and Medical LeaveAct to cover employees taking unpaid leaveto care for the children of same-sex partners• Issued guidance specifically to assistLGBT tenants denied housing on the basisof sexual orientation or gender identity• Issued a National HIV/AIDS Strategy• Issued guidance to 15,000 local depart-ments of education and 5,000 colleges tosupport educators in combating bullying• Led the fight that reversed a 2010 UN voteremoving sexual orientation from the list of things people should not be killed for
(List compiled originally by Andrew Tobias,treasurer of the Democratic National Com-mittee)
After the Tuscon tragedy,many expect President Barack Obama to include a call for civility in his State of the Unionspeech. Picture left to right:Gay Latino Hero Daniel Her-nandez Jr., President Barack Obama, First Lady MichelleObama, Astronaut Mark Kelly (husband of CongresswomanGabrielle Giffords) and Depart-ment of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitanoattended the Jan. 12 memorial service in Tuscon, Ariz.
Obama to give State of the Union