The HRC/Logo Presidential Forum was a blast. Various candidates said a lot of important things for me and the rest of the LGBT community.
From what I hear and read, at least.
I was unable to watch the HRC/Logo Presidential Forum. Time Warner Cable doesn’t offer the Logo Channel in North Carolina. The live streaming edition of the forum on Logo’s website wasn’t really all that great. It kept having re-buffer every 5 seconds. And while that may have been due to my internet connection (which is actually pretty fast and reliable), I have to wonder about all those other poorer people who aren’t even lucky enough to have what I have.
Perhaps the Reverend Irene Monroe was right: The HRC/Logo Presidential Forum wasn’t for the entire LGBT community. The entire LGBT community didn’t even come close to having a chance to see the thing.
Whether because of geographics (Logo not being offered by the local cable company), economics (not being able to afford cable, fast enough internet, etc.) or not being able to have access to a computer, or even a television for that matter, this LGBT event wasn’t one for all of us.
This LGBT event was one for the wealthy and the well-off. This LGBT event was one for those of us lucky enough to live in areas where Logo is offered (and, therefore, the cable company doesn’t get a backlash from the powerful Religious Right).
And… What makes this worse is knowing that I, in all the white male privilege I have, am no where near the bottom of the totem pole (and this is true, I know it… I’m one who got invited to listen into Obama’s post-forum conference). If I couldn’t get access to see the forum, then I know, without a shadow of doubt in my mind, that there were many, many, many more people who never got to see it either.
Oh well. I guess the rich, white guys at HRC won another one.
UPDATE 1:37am, August 10, 2007: As I told Mark below, in the comment section, perhaps I was a bit disappointed/upset on not getting to see the debate live when I wrote this post. I just sat down and watched a movie and had some ice cream and soda. I’m feeling better. I’ll watch the debate from a friend, or catch little clips here and there. All is fine, although I still believe there are definitely people who missed out and who missed out through no fault of their own, except for the fact they were not born as privileged as others. But, alas, that is why we must continue fighting and making things right and a blog post won’t do it. So here’s to tomorrow… another day to keep up the good fight and to keep pushing forward.