Karen Ocamb

LGBT Celebrities Ask You to Vote for Obama

Filed By Karen Ocamb | November 05, 2012 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Chaz Bono, LGBT celebrities, LGBT community, LGBT organizations, LGBT rights

chaz-bono-obama-video.jpgThink your vote this Tuesday won't matter? Well, in 2000, only 537 votes gave America George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, two unpaid-for wars, debt and a near depression - instead of Al Gore, who would have started dealing with climate change, would have helped pass ENDA and may have come out for marriage equality sooner.

What's at stake for LGBT people? Well, for one thing - President Obama's re-election campaign Obama for America is proudly including a transgender celebrity - Chaz Bono - to help get out the LGBT vote (See video below). In 2006, Mitt Romney's administration in Massachusetts, on the other hand, blocked an anti-bullying school guide because it used the words "bisexual" and "transgender."

Many LGBT celebrities and organizations have advice on voting for our community. Some of the videos are after the break.

First, there's this from the Human Rights Campaign:

Here's the Obama For America Get Out the Vote video featuring Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Billie Jean King, George Takei, Wanda Sykes, Zachary Quinto, and Chaz Bono.

If you want to do something, volunteer through Obama For America. Also, MoveOn.org asks you to help call MoveOn volunteers in swing states:

Have plans? Cancel them. Can't cancel? Postpone. If you got sick, you'd find some way to reschedule your other stuff, right? And this is way more important than illness. This is the, uh, FUTURE OF AMERICA we're talking about--and it could come down to how many volunteers we can sign up in important states like Ohio and Colorado. ...This eletion comes down to turn out.

Yes, I'll call Ohio, Colorado, and other swing states today and sign up some volunteers.

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