For the last four years I have been fortunate to have Kate Clinton, our favorite lesbian political humorist, participate in my LGBT year-end review and chat about what the new year will bring our LGBT community. This has been an incredible year for LGBT people, starting with President Obama finally coming out in support of marriage equality, Tammy Baldwin becoming the first lesbian elected to the U.S. Senate and gay marriage passing in Washington, Maryland and Maine. Now with Obama reelected to another term and DOMA and Proposition 8 headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, we have a lot to look forward to in the coming year. I talked to Kate about these events and her spin on our LGBT issues.
When asked what she would like to see happen for LGBT civil rights in the next four years, Clinton stated:
Well, there's a lot of things that still need work on, and I think we can certainly keep pushing for marriage equality on the federal level. But I think that we still have a lot of work to do on immigration, a lot of work to do on HIV/AIDS, a lot of work to pass ENDA, a trans-inclusive ENDA, because in so many states they don't have nondiscrimination laws. So a federal nondiscrimination law would be a great start, and it's been stalled forever. There are those LGBT things to work on, but I also think that... I'm not a physicist, I'm a metaphysicist... which is hard to say, really. You know, I think that there's a certain amount of freedom and just a very finite amount, and you know we gave some to the gays, so we're going to have to take it away from somewhere, and it seems to be taken away from women. In a lot of ways, I think that women are the new gays. LGBT people need to be reminded -- they do know it in their hearts -- that our issues are also issues of choice, and that we have to support the women's movement and support women working against violence, for reproductive freedom, and that those are our issues, as well. In short, we still have work to do.
Join Kate Clinton for her world-famous 2013 SIS-BOOM-BAH Tour! Once again, she'll be shaking her pom-poms, pumping up the crowd and leading the cheers and jeers. "SIS" is for the sisters and others. "BOOM" for the boomers and babes. "BAH" to anyone who doesn't have team spirit. Expect verbal stunts, tumbling in the aisles and laughing side-splits! Climb on the human pyramid of fun. Catch the spirit of SIS-BOOM-BAH!
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