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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Who Says Letter-Writing Is a Dead Art?

posted by on October 21 at 14:32 PM

I just got this e-mail from the Obama campaign:

You can play an important role in making sure voters know that Barack Obama and Joe Biden will bring the change we need — especially on issues important to the LGBT community like expanding hate crime statutes, fighting workplace discrimination, repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and achieving full equality in the eyes of the law.

Now is the time to raise your voice.

Use our Letter to the Editor tool to write a letter to your local paper.

We’ve made it easy. We provide you with a list of local papers and some important background on the issues to help you get started.

We’ll even send the letters to the papers for you.

So I followed the link and checked out the Letter to the Editor tool. It is, in fact, super-easy to use. You can just pick which gay newspaper you want to send by clicking in the little box next to the name:


Wait! What’s that at the end of the list?


Why, it’s us!

Though the site advises to “Simply share your story—the most powerful voice will be your own,” it’s got talking points for people who don’t know what to say:


So I wrote a letter:


And in the fifteen minutes it’s taken me to write the letter and then write this post, we’ve gotten 5 letters—mostly from lesbians, curiously enough—from the Obama/Biden Letter-Writing Tool. I can pretty much assure you that we won’t publish these letters. Please, Obama-supporting gays: These letters are a huge waste of time. Donate your time in other ways.

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"And that is what I'm talking at you about."

Ah (sniff) that there was Charlie Chong, may he rest in peace, may jokes about him never grow old. Nice to see it's still in circulation.

Posted by Sara | October 21, 2008 2:41 PM

Are you saying you're going to reject your own letter?

Hmmm, maybe you are self-hating ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 21, 2008 2:45 PM

I thought it was "And that's what I'm trying to show you about."

Posted by David | October 21, 2008 3:03 PM

The Obama campaign is recommending I help them preach to the choir? That is change I can believe in.

Posted by tomasyalba | October 21, 2008 3:06 PM

The timing here couldn't be better! I've been writing an essay about Prop 8 and my family and was wondering how to actually distribute it.

Posted by Patrick in SF | October 21, 2008 3:07 PM

Full disclosure is required. Is the SGN also included on that list?

Posted by Reverse Polarity | October 21, 2008 3:11 PM

Also, does this mean heteros are no longer allowed to read The Stranger.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | October 21, 2008 3:12 PM

HAHA, the stranger is a gay paper. you dont get any respect...

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 21, 2008 3:13 PM

I knew Obama/Biden was very pro-gay rights, but Id didn't know they were looking to repeal don't-ask-don't-tell. That's awesome.

Posted by Matt Fuckin' Hickey | October 21, 2008 3:16 PM

MFH @ 9,

Where have you been for the last year? Both Obama and Biden have repeatedly and openly stated that they want to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. All of the democratic candidates in the primaries advocated repealing it. This is old news.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | October 21, 2008 3:21 PM

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