So, there was a small group that protested the show last night and McClurkin apparently didn't disappoint his fans.
He approached the subject gingerly at first. Then, just when the concert had seemed to reach its pitch and about to end, Mr. McClurkin returned to it with a full-blown plea: “Don’t call me a bigot or anti-gay when I have suffered the same feelings,” he cried.
“God delivered me from homosexuality,” he added. He then told the audience to believe the Bible over the blogs: “God is the only way.” The crowd sang and clapped along in full support.
While the events may help get some blacks to take another look at Obama, the negative impact in the gay community will go much further than South Carolina. Obama has a progressive stance on gay and lesbian issues and he can't afford to miss any opportunity to get the word out. For now, all the LGBT community can hear is that crowd singing and clapping along with McClurkin.
Last night, as I was making the miserable drive from downtown to Summerville during rush hour (don't ask), I was listening to one of my favorite radio shows (Michaelangelo Signorile) and he was encouraging people to call the Obama campaign office to voice our concerns about Donnie McClurkin, the ex-gay, homophobic gospel singer, who has been placed on the "Embrace the Change" tour.... A fund raising event for Obama.
So, I decided to make the call. I had nothing better to do. I was stuck in traffic.... Why not? I was greeted by a very friendly male voice on the other end of the phone. He listened to my complaints and even voiced his own concern about the situation. He read me a statement issued by the Senator and offered to take down a specific statement from me, for Obama.
And here's what I told him.... I can totally understand the need for Obama to solidify his connection with the African-American community, and I can appreciate, as a person of faith, the need for him to reiterate his connection to the faith community, but I find it appalling that a headliner on this tour would not be fully vetted before being hired. I find it disappointing that Obama would be willing to sacrifice his positive relations with the LGBT community, only in the effort to 'politic' his way to the White House. And honestly.... If he has no problem putting Donnie McClurkin on his stage, then what would keep him from putting someone like this on his cabinet? And that's unacceptable.
Late yesterday it came out that the Obama Campaign's solution was to open the evening with an openly gay minister. Hmmmm.... So, we can't completely admit to the fact that we made a pretty sizable mistake in bringing McClurkin into the mix, so we're just going to try and cover it up with a gay minister opening the night. Sounds like a Band-aid solution. And you know.... If that's how Obama works.... Well, we've had eight years of Band-aid solutions in the White House. We don't need it anymore.
So.... Anyone up for a little protest on Friday night in North Charleston? C'mon.... Let's make our voices heard!
I just heard this on the morning show on Sirius OutQ radio and couldn't resist.... After all, where else would you report something like this, but on a 'gay' blog?!
There are reports that Mary Tyler Moore The Musical is in production. Yea! Gay men all over the globe can celebrate!
With it's oh-so-spot-on new tagline, "Acceptance Without Exception," the Alliance for Full Acceptance sent a call out to members this afternoon to let the Obama campaign know if they're upset about the anti-gay gospel singers joining Obama on his three-city tour.
Donnie McClurkin's ministry only serves to create an environment where discrimination and prejudice flourish, something we do not expect from Senator Obama in his campaign. Mr. McClurkin's stance toward the GLBT community rejects the DNC plan for inclusion and acceptance.
Many people have asked, "What can we do?"
· If Senator Obama wants to raise the issue of homophobia in our community, it ought to be done in clear and constructive ways.
· Tell him.
· If you think it is wrong to include in a presidential campaign a preacher who clearly seeks to demean healthy GLBT people choosing to live openly and honestly, contact Senator Obama's campaign.
· Tell him:
Obama Campaign headquarters in Chicago: (312)819-2008
Or send a message through their web site: http://my.barackobama.com/page/s/contact2
Out is slowly rolling out it's annual Out100 list and the first round went to a collection of eight newsmakers, including CCP buddy Lane Hudson. The blogger that unmasked Mark Foley's page chasing and returned to the news earlier this year as a foil to Bill O'Reily and Fred Thompson is listed as the Provocateur along with other Rabblerousers. Congrats, Lane.