The good, the bad & the ‘A-List’

These arts, cultural & sports stories defined gay Dallas in 2011

FASHIONS AND FORWARD  |  The Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the DMA, above, was a highlight of the arts scene in 2011, while Dirk Nowitzki’s performance in the NBA playoffs gave the Mavs their first-ever — and much deserved — world title. (Arnold Wayne Jones/Dallas Voice)

FASHIONS AND FORWARD | The Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the DMA, above, was a highlight of the arts scene in 2011, while Dirk Nowitzki’s performance in the NBA playoffs gave the Mavs their first-ever — and much deserved — world title. (Arnold Wayne Jones/Dallas Voice)

A lot of eyes were focused on Dallas nationally in 2011 — for good and bad — but much of what made the city a fun place last year has specific queer appeal. CULTURE The rise of the reality TV star. 2011 was the year Dallas made a big splash across everyone’s television sets — and it had nothing to do with who shot J.R. (although that’s pending). From the culinary to the conniving, queer Dallasites were big on the small screen. On the positive side were generally good portrayals of gay Texans. Leslie Ezelle almost made it all the way in The Next Design Star, while The Cake Guys’ Chad Fitzgerald is still in contention on TLC’s The Next Great Baker. Lewisville’s Ben Starr was a standout on MasterChef. On the web, Andy Stark, Debbie Forth and Brent Paxton made strides with Internet shows Bear It All, LezBeProud and The Dallas Life,respectively.

‘A’ to Z  |  ‘The A-LIst: Dallas,’ above, had its detractors, but some reality TV stars from Big D, like Chad Fitzgerald, Leslie Ezelle and Ben Starr, represented us well.

‘A’ to Z | ‘The A-LIst: Dallas,’ above, had its detractors, but some reality TV stars from Big D, like Chad Fitzgerald, Leslie Ezelle and Ben Starr, represented us well.

There were downsides, though. Drew Ginsburg served as the token gay on Bravo’s teeth-clenching Most Eligible: Dallas, and the women on Big Rich Texas seemed a bit clichéd. But none were more polarizing than the cast of Logo’s The A-List: Dallas. Whether people loved or hated it, the six 20somethings (five gays, one girl) reflected stereotypes that made people cringe. Gaultier makes Dallas his runway. The Dallas Museum of Art scored a coup, thanks to couture. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk not only featured the work of the famed designer, but was presented the designs in an innovative manner. Nothing about it was stuffy. Seeing his iconic designs in person is almost a religious experience — especially when its Madonna’s cone bra. Gaultier reminded us that art is more than paintings on a wall. (A close runner-up: The Caravaggio exhibit in Fort Worth.) The Return of Razzle Dazzle. ­­There was speculation whether Razzle Dazzle could actually renew itself after a near-decade lull, but the five-day spectacular was a hallmark during National Pride Month in June, organized by the Cedar Springs Merchant Association. The event started slowly with the wine walk but ramped up to the main event street party headlined by rapper Cazwell. Folding in the MetroBall with Deborah Cox, the dazzle had returned with high-profile entertainment and more than 10,000 in attendance on the final night. A Gathering pulled it together. TITAS executive director Charles Santos took on the daunting task of producing A Gathering, a collective of area performance arts companies, commemorating 30 years of AIDS. Groups such as the Dallas Opera, Turtle Creek Chorale and Dallas Theater Center donated their time for this one-of-a-kind show with all proceeds benefiting Dallas’ leading AIDS services organizations. And it was worth it. A stirring night of song, dance and art culminated in an approximate 1,000 in attendance and $60,000 raised for local charities. Bravo, indeed. The Bronx closed after 35 years. Cedar Springs isn’t short on its institutions, but when it lost The Bronx, the gayborhood felt a real loss. For more than three decades, the restaurant was home to many Sunday brunches and date nights in the community. We were introduced to Stephan Pyles there, and ultimately, we just always figured on it being there as part of the fabric of the Strip. A sister company to the neighboring Warwick Melrose bought the property with rumors of expansion. But as yet, the restaurant stands steadfast in its place as a reminder of all those memories that happened within its walls and on its plates.  The Omni changed the Dallas skyline. In November, The Omni Dallas hotel opened the doors to its 23-story structure and waited to fill it’s 1,000 rooms to Dallas visitors and staycationers. Connected to the Dallas Convention Center, the ultra-modern hotel is expected to increase the city’s convention business which has the Dallas Visitors and Conventions Bureau salivating — as they should. The hotel brought modern flair to a booming Downtown and inside was no different. With quality eateries and a healthy collection of art, including some by gay artists Cathey Miller and Ted Kincaid, the Omni quickly became a go-to spot for those even from Dallas. SPORTS The Super Bowl came to town. Although seeing the Cowboys make Super Bowl XLV would have been nice for locals, the event itself caused a major stir, both good and bad. Ticketing issues caused a commotion with some disgruntled buyers and Jerry Jones got a bad rap for some disorganization surrounding the game. But the world’s eyes were on North Texas as not only the game was of a galactic measure, but the celebs were too. From Kardashians to Ke$ha to Kevin Costner, parties and concerts flooded the city and the streets. The gays even got in on the action. Despite crummy weather, the Super Street Party was billed as the “world’s first ever gay Super Bowl party.” The ice and snow had cleared out and the gays came out, (and went back in to the warmer clubs) to get their football on. The XLV Party at the Cotton Bowl included a misguided gay night with acts such as Village People, Lady Bunny and Cazwell that was ultimately canceled. The Mavericks won big. The Mavs are like the boyfriend you can’t let go of because you see how much potential there is despite his shortcomings. After making the playoffs with some just-misses, the team pulled through to win against championship rivals, Miami Heat, who beat them in 2006. In June, the team cooled the Heat in six games, taking home its first NBA Championship, with Dirk Nowitzki appropriately being named MVP. The Rangers gave us faith. Pro sports ruled big in these parts. The Mavericks got us in the mood for championships and the Texas Rangers almost pulled off a victory in the World Series. With a strong and consistent showing for the season, the Rangers went on to defend their AL West Division pennant. Hopes were high as they handily defeated the Detroit Tigers in game six, but lost the in the seventh game. Although it was a crushing loss, the Texas Rangers proved why we need to stand by our men.

— Rich Lopez

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 6, 2012.

—  Michael Stephens

Don’t forget the thrilling season finale of “The A-List: Dallas,” with guest star Ann Coulter

For those who love to hate A-List: Dallas, you’ll either be sad or glad to see the show’s season come to an end tonight. And by the previews, boy does it. Taylor Garrett needles at the community with his friendly exchange with conservative pundit Ann Coulter. Castmate Chase Hutchison is naturally infuriated but then also has to deal with Garrett lip-locking on his sorta beau Levi Crocker. As the season comes to a close, I’m fascinated that we never got to see the incident that happened at Jack’s Backyard. Remember this whole to-do?

I tweeted a couple of the A-Listers about what to expect on tonight’s episode. Hutchison was kind enough to reply.

“Tonight’s episode is definitely going to piss a lot of people off, including myself,” he tweeted back. “Everything comes to a head tonight; relationships, politics, friendships… And having Ann Coulter being part of the show was enough to make my blood boil with Taylor. But I do like that very different views are being shown, as much as some of those views disgust me. It will be worth watching for sure.”

Fellow reality star, Drew Ginsburg from Bravo’s Most Eligible Dallas chimed in as well with his response to tonight’s episode.

“Supporting Ann Coulter is a like a Jew supporting the Nazis,” he tweeted.

The Hayyy List is hosting a watch party tonight with cast member James Doyle at Axiom Sushi, or you can seethe or snicker on your own. Either way, here’s the preview clip after the jump to get you going before tonight’s episode.

 

—  Rich Lopez

WATCH: Bystanders lift vehicle, pull motorcyclist from beneath it after fiery wreck in Logan, Utah


I have no reason for posting this here other than it happened in a city where I once worked at the daily newspaper — Logan, Utah — and the victim is apparently the nephew of one of my former colleagues. Also, it’s a pretty amazing rescue. According to my old paper, The Herald Journal, the motorcyclist remains in intensive care but is expected to recover. Watch the rescue below.

—  John Wright

The lost art of cruising

‘Electro-tricks’ may be quicker and easier, but half the fun of the hook-up was working at it

Hardy Haberman | Flagging Left

I don’t get out much — at least to the bars. First of all I don’t drink anymore, and second, I am not really looking to hook up with anyone since I am in a very nice relationship.

I do, however, occasionally meet friends out for the evening or for a special event.

When I do go out, it is most often to our local leather bar, the Dallas Eagle, and I often indulge in a little people watching. I like to watch the crowd, the way people interact with one another, the ebb and flow of what was once a favorite past time of gay men: cruising.

What surprised me was the lack of that particular gay art going on.

First, let me say this is not a reflection on the Eagle; it’s a fine, first-class leather bar. What I noticed is something I have seen in other cities as well, and it bothers me a bit.

Now for those who might not know, cruising is a delicate dance men used to perform when looking for a partner, playmate or just trick du jour. It usually began with some long, slow looks, occasional subtle signals like a nod, the touch of the brim of a cap, a purposeful second glance or even just a slight change in body language.

If two people read the signals, and actually respond, it might proceed to sending over a drink — or a more direct approach. Often before actually making contact, you would ask a few friends if they knew the man in question, and for the leather scene that would also entail asking if anyone knew more intimate details: Was he a safe player? What was he into?

Of course, we also had the hanky code. It was a more direct and cut to the chase way to let folks know what you were seeking.

I won’t go into the details here, but the basics were: Hanky in the left pocket meant you were a top, and hanky in the right pocket meant you were a bottom.

Still, even with outward signs, there was an art to the whole endeavor. If done correctly, it had an element of seduction in it and all the sexual energy that went with it.

Sadly, I don’t see much of that going on anymore.

What I do see is guys checking their smart phones. Looking a little closer, I see them using Grindr, checking Recon and texting.

That’s when I realized what happened to cruising: It has gone the way of the dodo.

What was once a face-to-face encounter that actually took some time and energy is now a fast, down-and-dirty, “check a few profiles and text enough contacts until you pull a winning number” routine.

The whole cruising experience has become an electronic booty call with no mystery, no romance and no effort.

Oh yes, it is much more efficient. You can select from the variety of “neck-down pictures” and body statistics, like you were choosing a download on Amazon.

Find Mr. Right or at least Mr. Right Enough for Now, text a few lines, set a time and bingo! Insta-trick!

All very high tech and painless. No face-to-face rejections, no appallingly awkward moments. Just on-line chat and, essentially, “booking.”

It would seem to me that applications like Grindr and sites like Recon and CraigsList have replaced the whole cruising experience, and though it might be much more efficient, it really changes to atmosphere in the bars.

The heady sexual tension that used to permeate gay bars has given way to guys and gals on their smart phones texting or cruising — the web. One bar in Florida even has a screen where patrons can text directly to the screen, sort of a visual “shout out” for all to see.

Inevitably, the whole electro-trick phenomenon has spawned something totally unexpected. My partner commented on the subject of this column and suggested there should be an Angie’s List for Grindr.

I was surprised this morning when, while researching this piece, I found something very much like that.

Douchebagsofgrindr.com may just be a parody, but if not it offers some insight into the whole process. Personally, I find it kind of crass, but then I find the whole “electro-trick-speed-dating-booty-call” app thing crass.

It makes me long for the days of actually having to spend a little time to pursue and attract and seduce someone you were interested in. Try that now and I suspect you’d just get accused of being a stalker.

Hardy Haberman is a longtime local LGBT activist and a board member of the Woodhull Freedom Alliance. His blog is at DungeonDiary.Blogspot.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 9, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Blowjobs, Botox, and Betrothal: What Happened In The A-List: New York’s Cast Reunion?

The Revenge of Drunk Stereotypes The A-List: New York was a mind-rotting piece of reality TV candy, but fearless Wendy Williams decides to unwrap one last piece and see how many licks it takes to get to the questions that have plagued us intelligence-swindled viewers, like what the eff is up with Mike's dirty mop hair and which characters besides Reichen and Rodiney want to sleep with each other?

This time, NYC party promoter Robert Maril (aka DJ Executive Realness of 21st Century Life) covered the cast reunion madness with Queerty contributor Daniel Villarreal adding some spice to the stew.

9:01 PM - Well, I've used my Midwestern Liberal Arts school education to shotgun 14 beers, so I"m ready for this Wendy Wiliams-hosted reunion. Are you? Start drinking. Now. It's our first cartoonish "How you durrin!?" of the evening. First line spoken. This is going to be good.

9:02 PM – Ryan is wearing "individuals," meaning a very fancy kind of fake eyelashes. In regards to Reichen's a capella DADT pop masterpiece, Reichen says that he also another "really amazing song" coming out that comes from the "heart." Whatever that means, hopefully his heart carries a better tune than his throat.

9:03 PM – Right off the bat, Wendy brings up the fact that Austin came to NYC supposedly single, and brings up his constant, unrequested nudity weight gain. Austin smirks and mentions how he doesn't care about what anyone thinks of his cottage cheese ridden ass, but oh wait… didn't he want to be a model?

9:04 PM – Reichen watches his two girlfriends (Rodiney and Austin) discuss the trials and tribulations of fighting over America's bottom. Reichen's stone-faced reaction might just be shock, but it might be the Botox.

Wendy seems completely shocked by these queens' behavior, indicating that not even in the Harlem beauty shop has she ever seen such behavior.

9:05 PM - Seriously, did Ryan think that he was playing the MC from Cabaret tonight? He's made up like a Weimar Republic hooker.

9:07 PM - Wendy is not buying for a MOMENT that Austin is trustworthy and completely calls him out. This woman isn't taking shit from NOBODY. HOW YOU DURRIN!

9:08 PM - The best part of this reunion so far are Wendy's reactions. She keeps mugging for the camera like, DIG THESE QUEENS.

9:09 PM - Yawn, we have to hear about R&R's on-again off-again relationship after the break. Is it too late to start watching Good Eats?

9:14 PM - Wendy asks if R&R's relationship is open. They begin to stutter and she says, "So you have SEX with other guys." Thank you for clarifying, Wendy. She's seriously the coolest person on this stage. All the other queens get on their HIGH HORSE about having an open relationship. Rodiney desperately tries to explain why having a sexually-open relationship works for them but the boys are not having it. They're all SO MORAL!

9:16 PM - Why does anybody keep giving Austin a platform to criticize R&R's relationship? Especially since Austin is pretend dating some long-distance piece of English ass that he never sees but supposedly loves enough to marry. Sadly, the fact that Austin's in this cast reunion answers the brain-shattering question of whether or not he'll leave NYC and move to New York. Gawd Austin is terrible. Wait, am I somehow just realizing that Austin is terrible? Welcome to The A-List.

9:17 PM - People keep accusing Rodiney of being a gold-digger, but I really don't think Reichen HAS that much money. Right? Like, does he have a job? I mean, besides being fired from My Big Stupid Gay Musical, peddling jewelry that will get gay men kicked out of the military, and placing his raspy chicken noises onto the occasional song track? Oh Reichen, if you need a job, we have a couple of jobs for you in our apartment.

9:19 PM - Austin acuses Rodiney of being a prostitute, inexplicably… which is funny because apart from modeling, Austin has no job either. In fact, we're pretty sure that Ryan and Mike are the only ones with actual jobs. TJ works as Ryan's manservant but it's probably just to keep another skinny, pasty, talentless waif off the Chelsea piers. How compassionate of Ryan to extend such charity to someone so hairless and undeserving.

9:19 PM - Oh, according to Austin, Rodiney is a "fucking retard." VERY good. What is that line about hating in others what we despise in ourselves? How low is your IQ, Austin.

9:23 PM - Ryan and Derek storm off the stage for a cigarette break. I guess that means it's time to shotgun another Corona! A-List New York, you can expect the bill from my liver specialist.

9:25 PM - Wendy asks, "Is Derek obnoxious or just saying what's on peoples' minds?" I'm voting obnoxious. We're getting a highlight reel of Derek's most horrible moments, but since I've seen them I choose to concentrate on the evolution and slimming of his eyebrows. Wendy asks Derek about his "love life," meaning the two dates he went on with Roberto. No surprises here, he's still single. And here I thought you COULD attract more flies with vinegar.

9:30 PM - 30 minutes into the program, Wendy asks Mike Ruiz—who hasn't spoken the entire show—what he's doing here. I personally believe that he was roofied before signing the contract to be on the show. All his appearances throughout the entire season could barely fill a 45-minute show.

Wendy asks Mike about his floppy hair, which I always HATED. Mike calls it his "merkin," which makes me adore him even more. Then Wendy tries to make Mike admit who he'll sleep with of the five. His answer? NO ONE. Good answer, Merkin. But seriously how did you manage to say it without first saying, "Sleep with these guys? Ewww…. gross."?

9:34 PM - Then in a surprising turn of good taste, Austin says what all of us have been thinking all season and admits that he'd like to sleep with Rodiney. Why? Because Rodiney has a great body and "it's very large." Get that kitty punched, girlfriend. Maybe Austin has been trying to break up Rodiney and Reichen all this time just so he could be Rodiney's rebound hatefuck. That boy gets smarter every episode (and by "smarter" I mean "more shameless").

9:36 PM - It's time to dissect Ryan, which will be decidedly more enjoyable than Derek's best-of reel. Wow, he's really accomplished for his trademark *WINK* Wendy counts up at least 30! There'd probably be more if his black sugar daddy wasn't so super-supportive of his Botox addiction. "Whatever you need to do for you, baby." I imagine that Ryan's invisible black husband looks and speaks just like Lester the Sugar Daddy from Hedwig.

9:40 PM - When asked if he and Derek have ever slept together (I vomit into a paper cup) Ryan answers, "No—because two bottoms don't make a top." I up-check just a bit though it's a rare moment of humor/levity/realness. I think that Derek and TJ have probably hooked up once or twice before — two skeletons in heat.

Even though Ryan totally gets overshadowed by these other psycho hose-beasts he's been one of the most consistent and compassionate queens on the entire show. He got Rodiney to admit that he and Reichen bareback, let Rodiney cry on his shoulder, convinced him to come to the lakehouse, consoled R&R after Rodiney's fight with Austin, and even told Reichen how unfairly he treats Rodiney. He's not perfect but he's as closer to the Rodiney and Mike side of the likability scale than the rest of those scaly urinal trolls.

9:41 PM - Ick, TJ and his crazy red-brown-blonde-shaved-swirled-spiked hair joins the panel. He also seems to be wearing "individuals." Work those lashes, gurl! Then use 'em as bat wings to fly back to whatever Brooklyn twink roost you flew in from. TJ talks to Wendy about how beautiful Ryan and his Sugar Daddy's relationship is and begins to tear up. I get really, really creeped out when TJ cries. It's like when the mean girl on the playground finally broke down.

9:46 PM - AND we're back. Wendy asks TJ what it is about Austin he doesn't trust. Apparently, Austin has been lying about his relationship with Reichen. Doy. Wendy asks if Austin and "kissed with tongues swirling." Soon after she asks, "Have you performed oral sex on one another?" direct quote. I LOVE YOU, WENDY WILLIAMS. How you durrin?

Apparently, they haven't. Yawn.

Of course, they're probably both just saying that so that they can have a shot at sleeping with Rodiney again before they die. (Rodiney, call me! My kitten needs punching too!)

9:50 PM - We're now treated to a "highlight" (and i do use that word loosely) reel of Austin and Reichen's "relationship" (meaning, all the times that Reichen has stared at Austin's fat booty). Watching the reel, Austin begins to "cry". Again. Except that Wendy says to Austin, "Everyone cries differently, but I don't see any water." SNAP.

What Wendy doesn't realize is that Austin only cries McDonald's fry grease and he didn't have time to down a Super Sized #4 before the taping.

9:52 PM - Mike Ruiz asks — wait, he's still here? — why it's so important to Austin that Rodiney and Reichen break up. Seriously, sister, go back to your new "home" in "london" with your "fiance." Get a LIFE.

Then Reichen and his flaccid genitals reiterate to Austin how much he needs him in his life — how much he misses him. I mean, ICK! Am I misremembering that they were happily "friends" for like 3 weeks 3 years ago? And since then it's been nothing but turmoil and a weird, crazy-peacock mating ritual? Ick.

They are Katy Perry's target demographic.

9:53 PM - Wendy promises a SHOCKING REVELATION after the break! My money is either that TJ isn't really a redhead or that Ryan is intersexed. Anyone? Anyone?

9:56 PM - And the shocking revelation is… special guest… Jake. Austin's fiance/boyfriend/WHAT THEY GOT MARRIED?!! Wendy is the only one clapping, as everyone else on stage stares dumbfounded. Austin starts to cry because he's only been faithful and honest with his husband (ahem, OK… but unless those wedding pictures were Photoshopped, we can say with veracity that he is indeed married). God, we need to subtitle this Jake person—his heavy Welsh accent mangles English in a way not even Rodiney is capable of.

Wendy asks Reichen what he thinks about this marriage. He wishes them the best, but I can see in his eyes that his dick has gone up inside his body.

Wendy sums it up best: "That's it."

Yes indeed, that's it.


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So What Happened At That White House DADT Meeting?

Crossposted on ZackFord Blogs.

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We know that yesterday, a whole bunch of leaders from the LGBT movement met at the White House regarding Don't Ask Don't Tell. We know that discussing the court cases was off the table for legal reasons, though Brian Bond's "there can be no discussion of current court cases or legal strategy or Counsel’s Office will end the meeting" email was a bit harsh. We also know that President Obama just happened to stop by to "convey his personal commitment."

So what really happened at the meeting? No one's talking, which is suspicious for a number of reasons. Chris Geidner reports:

A person outside the White House familiar with the meeting agenda told Metro Weekly that there were three main points the White House was looking to impress upon attendees: (1) President Obama was pushing for lame-duck Senate action, (2) there would would more meetings up to the vote and (3) executive options are not being looked at right now.

If this outside person's report is accurate, then the meeting was about nothing. If (1) President Obama plans to push for the Senate's repeal, should we hope that there aren't any more sports championship teams he needs to call when it counts? If (2) there will be more meetings, then what was the point of this one? And if (3) the President isn't willing to take any other action, then what's there even to talk about?

Pam Spaulding shares my sentiment:

No plan, no fallback plan either. Sound familiar? How many times can Lucy jerk the football away from Charlie Brown? DADT is alive and kicking, and it will be after the election — and in 2011. That means the President and HRC didn't deliver as promised. That is something no one will forget. The ineptitude and lack of a plan, as well as the gross use of the LGBT community is just plain sad.

But let's ponder the political implications of this meeting very closely, since it's the only option we have.

Now, we understand the meeting was off the record, but from what I can tell, no one within the movement is even discussing the meeting off the record. This leaves one to ponder what could have been so important from this meeting that nothing can be shared.

Let's say the meeting was really productive and that there's a brilliant new plan to ensure legislative repeal of DADT during the lame duck session. Great! What is it? Not to be condescending to anyone, but how are we going to push for it if we don't know what it is? Why be hush-hush about the meeting? As Pam noted in her post, Gibbs had nothing of substance to offer at the press briefing, none of the attendees have spoken out, and the White House hasn't made a peep. If there's some new effort, shouldn't we all be getting on board? What's the big secret?

Another possibility is that the meeting was crap, that it was all pandering and no substance. It was just another meeting to show the White House is "committed" to their own weak version of repeal. They wanted points for engaging with LGBT activists, and Obama's drop-in was pure PR. Then why the heck aren't our activists speaking out? If the meeting was a waste of time just for political antics, is there not one attendee who is willing to speak out and say so? Is the White House that insecure about the results of the election that they even convinced some Log Cabin Republicans to keep their mouths shut until we see where the chips fall next week? And everyone's just buying in that this lame duck legislative effort is realistic? Seems unlikely.

And maybe it was just a ploy to scare some Senators, a political exercise to say to Senators on the fence: "Look, the President, himself, is meeting with gay rights activists." Would that really work? Would that really make a difference? I simply can't imagine everyone at the meeting signing on to such sophomoric antics. Besides, as far as Obama's street cred with the LGBT community goes, it's a bit late for one little meeting drop-in to fool anybody (ally or opponent) into believing that he's really the committed ally he claims to be in all his rhetoric.

There is at least one more possibility. It could be that the meeting was at least mildly productive or worthwhile, but President Obama made it clear we do it his way or no way. In other words, our fierce advocate is having such an ego trip about being the one to repeal DADT that he is actually bullying our movement's leaders on this issue into complying with his strategy. Maybe there was an ultimatum given regarding how much time and effort the White House would be willing to offer and the terms included complete confidentiality about the all-too-public meeting. Is the White House bullying us about achieving our own equality? Are we being coerced into complying with their strategy with the alternative of being left out to dry (as if we weren't already)?

Any of these outcomes (or maybe others) is possible with the limited info we currently have. With no one willing to speak out, we're left with only the politics of the meeting to speculate. (And if we're not supposed to even be speculating, someone needs to send me a memo explaining why.)

Given that the President's drop-in certainly speaks to political points for the White House, we deserve answers. Should we be praising the Obama administration for new strategy and new enthusiasm, or should we be holding them accountable for playing the same old politics with our rights?

When do the discharges end? 

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