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12/03/2008

'Push, push!' for lesbian in labor position

by Jeremy Hooper

MbsmallThe Interwebs are abuzz today with speculation that Barack Obama will soon appoint Mary Beth Maxwell, an out lesbian, to the Secretary of Labor position:

Union Activist Mary Beth Maxwell on List for Labor Secretary [WSJ]
HRC Realizes After the Fact That They Maybe Should Have Endorsed Openly Gay Candidate for Labor Secretary [Queerty]

And it's cool, because Mary Beth Maxwell's appointment would be a boon to both liberals and social conservatives. Liberals, because she's an out and proud lesbian with strong progressive credentials. Social conservatives, because many of them still think that "labor" and "secretary" are the only two acceptable roles for women. A win-win, really.

So yea -- good luck, MBM!

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HOOT! Queerty headline 'caught my eye', but d*** work gets in the way sometimes...
Love this part:
So, the nation's largest gay rights advocacy and political action organization was caught totally unawares that there's a highly qualified openly-gay person who would make a great candidate for Labor Secretary? Isn't the primary goal of the HRC to help out and advocate for gay and gay-friendly politicians and legislation? Are they even tracking the openly-gay political leadership in the U.S.?
Do we need to send JS the VICTORY FUND website you think?

Posted by: LOrion | Dec 3, 2008 2:21:59 PM

LOrion, the HRC lost all use to us ages ago. That said, appointing Maxwell would be a brilliant move, not just because she has the credentials, but because picking her would be a perfect example of the new administration's commitment to our rights.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Dec 3, 2008 4:28:10 PM

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