Amy Deaton performs with Something Fabulous!, a branch of The Resource Center of Dallas. She also is the president of Stonewall Young Democrats of Dallas.
1 What’s the deal with this election? Is it over?
It’s not over until someone sings. To tell the truth, I’m not really prepared to answer this one because I’m not fully up on the race. It’s been a little too much for me to take this round. I believe a lot of Democrats are starting to feel that way.
2 Clinton had a huge number of gay supporters. What do you think will happen to them if Obama gets the nomination?
I hope they still vote. Vote for whom they think will be the best candidate. I hope that will be a Democrat.
3 Why do you think Clinton had so many gay followers?
I think it had to do with Bill. He had a lot to do with the gay community. And for the most part his track record was great with us. People are having to really look backwards because this election hasn’t really been about any gay issues yet, like it was when Bush was running. It’s been about war and the economy. I think it helped too that Chelsea came to speak in a gay bar.
4 How do you think the California marriage decision will influence the November election?
I think it will bring out a lot more voters. It will hopefully bring more gay voters anyway. It’s so important for us to get out there to vote. That’s because we’ve seen what happens when the LGBT community doesn’t vote here in Texas. It’s not pretty. If we want our rights, we have to vote for them.
5 You’re the first lesbian to hold your position with Stonewall in quite sometime. Why do you think that is?
I don’t think it is that women don’t care as much about politics. I think that there is a big group of women that when they get older, a lot of them just like to move to the suburbs, get a house and have kids. They just aren’t as visible in the community. But that doesn’t mean they don’t care as much or more than men do about politics.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 23, 2008.