Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage is the new book edited by veteran Chicago-based journalist Tracy Baim, the publisher and editor of Windy City Times. It's the first book to address Obama’s evolving relationship with the LGBT community, and features key interviews with LGBT movement leaders and contributions by leading gay journalists, bloggers and activists. I'm delighted to be included among the contributors.
We get one big clue on page 438 in an essay by Rod McCullom:
"On January 9, 2009, incoming White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs did something very simple yet very remarkable. In a video response to a question submitted to Change.gov that asked if President-elect Barack Obama would carry through on his campaign promise to end the failed Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, Gibbs said: 'You don't hear politicians give a one-word answer much. But it's 'yes.'
"Carrying through on campaign promises isn’t exactly revolutionary - politicians generally are at least supposed to try, especially if they want to get re-elected. But after eight years of relentless assault from the conservatism of the George W. Bush administration - and press secretaries who functioned as little more than high-functioning, carbon-based Dictaphones for the far right - Gibbs' response was the same adrenaline shot to the heart that Uma Thurman received in Pulp Fiction".
That is the type of writing and literacy this book contains.
Read the full review HERE.
Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage is available through Amazon.com, e-book readers, CreateSpace or off the shelf at Women & Children First Bookstore and Unabridged Books in Chicago. More news on the book in weeks to come and thanks so much to Tracy Baim for the opportunity.