For the first time ever in the history of the entire universe, three Republicans Congressmen have appeared in an “It Gets Better” video… and did so without bursting into flames. So now GOPs don’t want LGBT kids to shoot, hang, and stab themselves… how progressive. Is it a problem that three of the GOP representatives in the video also voted against the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and support the Defense of Marriage Act?
A handful of Democrats and Republicans appear in the New Jersey congressional delegation’s IGB video and of the lot, Republican representatives Leonard Lance, Jon Runyan, and Frank LoBiondo support DADT and DOMA. However Lance and LoBiondo also support the Employment Nondiscrimination Act which would offer job protections regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
As a debate continues to rage about whether IGB videos should be used as a political cudgel to force anti-gay politicians to support LGBT-friendly politics, it seems that the IGB campaign has less and less to do with stopping LGBT kids from killing themselves and more to do with politicians and corporate policy makers gradually recognizing the needs and rights of LGBT Americans.
Maybe the IGB is less useless than we worried.