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Livestream: White House Gay Cocktails

Today's LGBT cocktail party at the White House will be livestreamed here beginning at 4:25pm EST.

John Aravosis vents:
I'm so proud of our gay leaders today. Getting all spiffed up to go to the White House and "deliver our president a message." That'll be the day. Oh, I'm sure, in the 8 minutes or so that a small select handful of those present will be shuffled into a private ante-room to meet the president, they'll tell him things like "people were hurt" or "people were disappointed." (The overwhelming rest of the invitees will get a whopping 0.5 seconds to deliver their "stern" message to the president as he's shaking their hand and looking to the next person). Obama knows we're hurt and disappointed. Telling him that we have families too, with him nodding, Clinton-like, perhaps even biting his lip to show that he too feels our pain, will accomplish absolutely nothing. The message that our leaders need to send President Obama is that we're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore.
Towleroad's Andy Towle won't be going:
I was invited late last week as a 'plus one' one of the invited guests to this event, and received a late request over the weekend from someone else to reconsider. After some thinking about it and discussion with close friends about whether it would be proper to attend with the attitude of "bringing the message to Obama," I decided against it. While I would love nothing more than to go to the White House and meet the President for a celebration of LGBT people. I'll look forward to the day that happens when we aren't still relegated to the back of the bus.

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