Waymon Hudson

DOJ Allows Gay Pride on Property

Filed By Waymon Hudson | February 09, 2008 9:34 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Department of Justice, John Ashcroft, Mukasey, Pride

The Department of Justice has now ended a five year old policy of denying the LGBT employee group, DOJ Pride, the same privileges it offers other minority groups.

Justice Department workers had celebrated Pride in the Great Hall of DOJ headquarters every June since the mid 1990s when President Bill Clinton first declared a Gay Pride Month. However, Bush declined throughout his presidency to issue a proclamation for the event, which DOJ heads Ashcroft and Gonzales used as an excuse to ban the pride celebration starting in 2003.

The new Attorney General, Michael Mukasey, now has reversed that ban. In a statement to DOJ Pride, Mukasey said that the department will "foster an environment in which diversity is valued, understood and sought."

This comes after Ashcroft and Gonzales told the employee organization that it was barred from even posting notices of its meetings on DOJ bulletin boards or distributing such messages on the department's e-mail system. This action, and the ban on pride celebrations, came after the late Rev. Jerry Falwell issued a warning to President Bush and the Republican leadership to stop "catering to gays" or lose the support of Christian conservatives.

It’s amazing that anyone in this administration uttered the words “diversity is valued, understood and sought” in reference to the LGBT community.

So pack up your rainbow tank-tops and cut-off jean shorts and head to the newest, hottest, Gay Pride around-

DOJ Pride, hosted by the Bush Administration.

Look for a great dance remix of John Ashcroft’s smash hit “Let the Eagles Soar”, as well as the Waterboarding Wet T-shirt Contest

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Waymon, is that what you wear to Pride?

Nope. I just wear body paint.

and glitter...

Michael Bedwell | February 9, 2008 1:48 PM

Note, President Clinton did not simply recognize a gay pride month but issued an executive order banning discrimination against gay federal employees—which the Bush Reich immediately ignored once their coup was in place. This might cause some members of the "Clintons Are Two Heads of the Same AntiChrist Cult" to pluck out their eyes with their thumbs and/or incinerate themselves, but 'tis true. 'Tis true.

This just bothers me. And I'm not saying that these kids at the DOJ Pride did anything wrong, but the DOJ's been in the news this past week or two for saying that 1) wire-tapping of Americans is going on and they refuse to stop, 2) that the president can break any law he wants if the DOJ says he can, and 3) torture's OK if the people doing it think it's OK.

So like this item comes out, and, like Waymon says, it's like celebrating a "Waterboarding Wet T-shirt Contest." Or as Mattilda said earlier this week, Mukasey might let openly gay people participate in torturing people now!

It hurts to see gay rights activism cordoned off from the most basic social justice politic or most elementary respect for human decency, as if one can support one without the other. But, then again, it's a strange world we're living in.