Michelle Obama and Jason Collins to Headline LGBT Fundraiser


Jason Collins, the NBA player who ‘came out’ in a Sports Illustrated article recently, will join Michelle Obama as headliners for a May 29th Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender fundraiser.  They will be joined by Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Collins, who played for the Washington Wizards this last season, is now a free agent.  He is the first active professional athlete in the four major sports to become openly gay.

Ticket prices for the event begin at $1,250 per person and go up to $32,400 per couple for the Park Avenue reception, according to an invitation obtained by POLITICO.

The event is being billed as the “DNC’s LGBT Leadership Council 2013 gala”.

Consensus that the LGBT movement is making great headway, and that the legalization and acceptance of same-sex marriage is inevitable, may not have become a realization for some.

Newt Gingrich, appearing on “Meet the Press” Sunday claimed the LGBT community is infringing on his rights as a Catholic.

Asked by host David Gregory if he thought that a Republican candidate could support gay marriage, he responded; “I doubt it,” Gingrich replied, adding that society is changing, so the issue remains “up in the air.”

“But what I’m struck with is the one-sidedness of the desire for rights,” Gingrich said. “There are no rights for Catholics to have adoption services in Massachusetts; they’re outlawed. There are no rights in D.C. for Catholics to have adoption services; they’re outlawed.”

“Does supporting LGBT rights mean that you actually have to affirmatively eliminate any institution which does not automatically accept homosexuality?” Gingrich continued.

Gingrich is apparently referring to Catholic Charities elimination of services in Massachusetts in 2006, and Washington, D.C., in 2010.  The Vatican has adamantly stated that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, and Massachusetts was the first state to legalize gay marriage.

Panelist Joy Reid, managing editor for The Grio, countered with the fact that it was a decision made by Catholic Charities to remove their services from Massachusetts rather than comply with the state’s nondiscrimination laws and provide adoptions for both heterosexual and same-sex couples.

The LGBT community has also become involved with proposed immigration reform.  They are protesting the exclusion of same-gender bi-national couples and insisting that any bill voted on by the full chamber include LGBT immigrant families.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has indicated that he would offer an amendment allowing gay Americans to sponsor their foreign-born spouses and partners for green cards, a privilege enjoyed by straight Americans. Republican senators have warned that such a move would be a “poison pill” which would kill any immigration bill. “It will virtually guarantee that it won’t pass,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) told POLITICO. “This issue is a difficult enough issue as it is. I respect everyone’s views on it. But ultimately, if that issue is injected into this bill, the bill will fail and the coalition that helped put it together will fall apart.”

I never like to be the “Doubting Thomas” of the group, but I’m having serious doubts that the 113th Congress will make a single major accomplishment during its tenure.

Issues that the American public want to see solved, such as effective gun control measures, immigration reform, and re-construction of the nation’s tax laws, will be placed in that historical round file next to the Congressmen and Senators desks.

The 113th may surpass the 112th as the least effective Congress in the nation’s history.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

One Response to "Michelle Obama and Jason Collins to Headline LGBT Fundraiser"

  1. billyboobs1   May 6, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Somewhat cynically, I often mistrust the motives of politicians who, ostensibly, support the LGBT community. For example, I believe that in Britain David Cameron’s drive to legalise equal marriage was more attributable to his desire for popularity than to genuine political and moral principles. However, that this situation should have transpired highlights the extent to which homosexuality has been normalised in western culture. For this, I thank the LGBT movement who have worked tirelessly and often against much opposition to build a more accepting society. There is some way to go, but change is most effective when gradual.


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