Dear President Elect Obama,
Like the vast majority of Americans I too am greatly looking forward to your inauguration this coming Tuesday and finally seeing the curtain come down on the dark days of the Bush Administration. With so many things so seriously wrong in our country right now it’s hard for me to decide which issue to address here and now, so I’ll stick with the issue closest to my heart, and that issue is equality for all Americans.
One of the things that struck me when I read your book Dreams From My Father was how you struggled to find a place where you felt you fit in. As the product of an interracial marriage and not having a father in your life it’s easy to understand how you felt not part of the world around you. That’s not much different from the way I felt growing up as a gay American. I am at an age and a point in my life where what other people think of me is of little matter. But the gay youth of our country need to know that they are full members of our society and entitled to all the benefits that our society has to offer, one of those benefits is the right to marry the person of your choice.
You have promised to overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, and by all accounts it looks that will be an early issue of your administration and for that I am grateful. You have also expressed your displeasure with the Defense of Marriage Act. I hope you will continue to be a vocal advocate of overturning that too. It is time for gay Americans to feel that have an equal share of the American Dream, so much of your campaign was based on inclusion for all, please don’t forget the 10% of Americans who happen not to be heterosexual.
With best wishes and much hope for great success for your first term.
New York, NY