John Aravosis at AMERICAblog reports the White House is throwing an end-of-month cocktail party for "A-list" gays "with the hopes that a little champagne and fancy food" will convince them to forget the recent unpleasantness.
Michelangelo Signorile is unimpressed: "A cocktail party? No, that's not business—it's schmoozing and sucking up, and it's all about buying off gay leaders by seducing them, very cheaply, so the White House can help get the money coming back in, since the DNC gay fundraiser for next week is collapsing. The response so far has only been about the money and it's not nearly enough. What we need now is real action. Not these crumbs, whether it be the census inclusion or some benefits for federal employees. We need something big, and until then, the DNC fundraisers should continue to be threatened, and nobody among the gay leadership should be partying with this president."
Jonathan Capehart, the Washington Post editorial writer, who incidentally is a black gay man, criticizes activists and suggests anger and action should be re-diected toward Cappitol Hill: "If gays and lesbians want big victories, such as the repeal of DOMA and the "don't ask don't tell" policy, they should focus their fire where it belongs: on Congress. Each bill will take 218 votes in the House and 60 in the Senate to reach the president's desk, and the votes aren't there yet. Saying no one is going to hand gay men and lesbians their rights, [OPM Director John] Berry told me, 'We have to get out there and fight and get those votes.' "
In a delicious essay that invokes Malcolm X's famous comparison of "house" slaves and "field" slaves, Pam Spaulding slams Capehart: "No one said Congress shouldn't be held accountable. Where does it get its cues from—the White House. Come on, we're not stupid. It's also confusing as to what Capehart's role is here—is he speaking as a gay man writing in his capacity as a reporter for the WaPo? Or speaking as a prominent member of the LGBT community? The line is very blurry.... At least we're clear and honest about our advocacy and what we are representing."
Author, activist and pastor Rev. Kevin E. Taylor is similarly disgusted at the idea of canapes in the West Wing. Taylor asks: "Will they be flying in Janet and Beyonce; Liza and Patti Lupone; Lady GaGa and some other pseudo diva to insure that we are properly distracted?"