Welcome to the Next Chapter of America

picture-17Good morning gay America! I’m going to let my liberal media elite (ha) bias show and say, that like most Americans, today’s inauguration fills me with pride in my country and hope for its future. Even though I’m here on the West Coast, I have friends coming over in an hour to watch the election, a bottle of Veuve and lemon butter crepes to celebrate and despite all the mistakes Obama has made in including gays and lesbians in the pageantry of today, I am confident that he will be President to all Americans.

Case in point: A year ago yesterday, candidate Barack Obama went to Martin Luther King Jr’s Ebenezer Church and said:

“For most of this country’s history, we in the African-American community have been at the receiving end of man’s inhumanity to man. And all of us understand intimately the insidious role that race still sometimes plays – on the job, in the schools, in our health care system, and in our criminal justice system.

And yet, if we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that none of our hands are entirely clean. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll acknowledge that our own community has not always been true to King’s vision of a beloved community.

We have scorned our gay brothers and sisters instead of embracing them. The scourge of anti-Semitism has, at times, revealed itself in our community. For too long, some of us have seen immigrants as competitors for jobs instead of companions in the fight for opportunity. “

As a friend pointed out to me last night, most politicians have their speech for gays and lesbians, their speech for union workers, their speech for soccer Moms, etc… Barack Obama has just one speech, meant for all Americans. It means that he can go to the church that King built and say to them that they must check their own intolerance. It means we will not be told feelgood promises that can’t be kept. Can I guarantee Obama will come through on gay and lesbian rights? Of course not, but I believe he will.

But for a moment, let’s celebrate as Americans and remember that as Americans we all are hoping for a better country for us and for our children. The BBC has found an amazing clip of Dr Martin Luther King in 1964 prediciting an African-American president “in less than 40 years.”

Watch it here.

We’ll be covering the inauguration through our Twitter feed and here on the site. Send in your photos, whether in D.C. or at home, as well as your thoughts on the inauguration. We’ll be posting then throughout the day.