What's Brewing: 12/3/08

Posted on 03 Dec 2008 at 10:39am

1. Next Wednesday, Dec. 10 is Day Without a Gay, a national campaign in which people are encouraged to “call in gay” to work and perform community service instead. It may seem like a good idea, but this campaign clearly hasn’t caught on like the recent Join The Impact protests or even the boycott of Cinemark. Only one Dallas organization, Legacy Founders Cottage, has listed a volunteer opportunity on the Web site. Legacy is a hospice for people with HIV/AIDS, and volunteers are needed to spruce up and paint the rooms of critically ill and dying patients. For more info, go here.

2. Courtesy of Rolling Stone, here’s yet another analysis of why the No on 8 campaign failed in California. This story, like so many others in recent days, blames the gay rights groups that ran the campaign: “They fucked this up, and it was painful to watch,” a high-level Democratic consultant told Rolling Stone. “They shouldn’t be allowed to pawn this off on the Mormons or anyone else. They snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, and now hundreds of thousands of gay couples are going to pay the price.” Read the full article by going here.

3. LGBT advocates seem pleased with President-elect Obama’s cabinet appointments thus far, especially Attorney General Eric Holder. Today Obama is expected to name New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a strong LGBT ally, as Secretary of Commerce. And The Atlantic reports that labor activist Mary Beth Maxwell has emerged as a serious candidate for Secretary of Labor. Maxwell would be the first openly cabinet secretary.

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