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US Senators: It Gets Better For Everyone Except Republicans And Transgender People

Finally! All those closeted kids in student government can start feeling better about themselves because a bunch of rich, white, Democratic politicians know how hard it is to be rich… and white… and Democratic.

Before the commenters start eating us alive about how we hate on our allies, let us first give mad props to Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) who all appeared in the video and who have all co-sponsored the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and allow the federal government to recognize legally sanctioned same-sex marriages.

Almost all of them are also on record as supporting the Safe Schools Improvement Act which require schools and districts receiving federal funds to adopt codes of conduct specifically prohibiting bullying and harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The SSIA would also require that states report data on bullying and harassment to the Department of Education.

Their support is amazingly badass, especially when we’re so busy bitching about Obama not putting his neck on the line to support marriage equality. It’s great that we have supportive senators, openly gay senators and senators who aren’t afraid to vigorously support progressive causes in the Capitol.

And though the official It Gets Better senatorial website mentions lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people, would it have killed them to mention bisexual or transgender people in the video? Just sayin’.

We do love however that their plea not to let the bad guys win implicates the Republicans and the religious right who spend a great deal of their time persuading Americans how horrid queers are.

  • 4 Comments
    • Ian Awesome
      Ian Awesome

      OMG! STOP HATIN ON R ALLIEZ! *froth*

      Jun 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JHW
      JHW

      We have openly gay senators? At the federal level, anyway?

      Jun 29, 2011 at 12:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chris
      Chris

      Really guys….We have to stop demanding purity from our allies. We have to keep in mind that the goal is to win, long term.

      Would it be nice if Obama came out in support of marriage…sure. But what would it do to his reelection chances? And if Obama isn’t reelected, then where do we stand with a Romney or Bachmann (current frontrunners)?

      So lets keep our eyes on the prize here and not jump on every percieved slight by our allies and realize that they have to stay in office in order to be of any use to us.

      Unless you prefer a Teabagger in the oval office.

      Jun 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • What Chris Said
      What Chris Said

      Yeah!

      And what’s with the trans thing lately, Queerty? Dog with a bone?

      Jun 30, 2011 at 10:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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