Obama at Cleve's March?;
Budget Out Today;Video of SF Fundraiser
Lots of news to share today about Cleve Jones' October 11 LGBT march on DC, so let's get started.
Dustin Lance Black, who won the Oscar for his screenplay for the movie "Milk," gave an interview with the Dallas Voice this week, and he spilled a few beans about efforts to get the president to address the march:
Q: How important is it that Obama acknowledge or appear at the march?
A: I think it’s incredibly important that Obama is invited to speak. Cleve is in contact with the White House, and if Obama does show up and speak I think that says a lot. And if he doesn’t, that also speaks volumes. I’m all for him being given the only VIP invite to speak.
Even this staunch critic of this march would be greatly impressed if Barack Obama were to show up on October 11 on the Mall in Washington and speak to the assembled crowd. Do I think it will happen? Nope, not very likely, but good to know the organizers would extend a Very Important Person invitation to the President of these United States of America, if he chooses to speak at the rally.
The second news nugget comes from Loch Powell, spokesperson for the march. In an email yesterday, he provided a time-line for the release of the budget:
I am promised to have a budget posted (which I will send to you first) on the website by tomorrow at the very latest. I would like to say 3pm tomorrow, but don't hold me to that, it might be closer to 4ish.
Again, I have reiterated to the entire executive committee, and everyone agrees this budget will be posted on the website and will be updated with full and complete transparency. No other March in history has ever done this, so we want to do it right.
Third, and final, bit of news comes from Cathy Brooks, a lesbian activist previously not involved in gay community politics before Prop 8 lost at the ballot in November, and is making up for being on the sidelines for so long.
Cathy attended the hush-hush fundraiser on Monday in San Francisco for the Courage Campaign and Cleve's march. She's made three videos from the event and posted them on her blog.
Clip number one is a short chat with Rick Jacobs:
Cathy's second video is five-minutes of Cleve talking about his life this year:
And the final clip is of Cleve and soldier Dan Choi sharing their thoughts about the march, and is about 17 minutes long:
Many thanks to Cathy for bringing the sunshine in to the fundraiser, and I look forward to receiving the march's budget and seeing it on the march's web site later today.