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01/08/2009

Team Obama invests in gay Bond

by Jeremy Hooper

This from The Advocate's uber-intrepid Kerry Eleveld:

A transition team aide has told The Advocate that President-elect Barack Obama will name Brian Bond the deputy director of the White House Office of Public Liaison.

Bond, a political veteran who has headed the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and held several positions at the Democratic National Committee, will have managerial and strategic responsibilities for the entire Public Liaison office as well as function as the point person on LGBT issues. The liaison office is tasked with communicating and promoting presidential policies to individual constituency groups and serving as a sounding board for the president on policies that affect certain interest groups.
Brian Bond To Be Tapped As Deputy Director Of Obama's Public Liaison Office [Advocate]

200901081504And let's be honest: If there's one key area where Obama needs gay growth, it's in the way he recognizes our bonds. So is this a fortuitously-named appointment? Will Brian's sounding board send the president the right marriage equality notes? Will he be the point person who points the administration towards the path of fair and equal progress?

Well, we're not sure. But from what we know about his past work, we're certain we can put stock in Bond. We're thrilled to hear that the incoming administration feels the same way.

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If he does as well at Liasing...as he did at Victory Fund, things will be kept moving. We will miss him at the Fund...They were really on a roll at electing gay officials...but his work there can be carried by others. Only good news.

and from the 365 Gay News Piece:
"(Washington) President-elect Barack Obama has invited a group of “everyday Americans” to join him and Vice President-elect Joe Biden on their Whistle Stop Tour to the nation’s capital on the Saturday before Inauguration Day.

The invited guests for the Whistle Stop Tour include the following:Lisa Hazirjian, Cleveland. Hazirjian, a Case Western Reserve University history professor, recruited volunteers from the gay community in Ohio and Pennsylvania. She worked full-time for the Obama campaign in Cleveland over the summer and fall.

Hazirjian, 40, didn’t meet Obama during the run-up to the election, but said while on the train she hopes to bend his ear over proposed legislation banning workplace discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people.

As far as I know Rick Warren was not invited on this trip....but he's probably booked up anyway.

Posted by: LOrion | Jan 8, 2009 5:21:55 PM

Great, another gay apologist to kiss obama's ass while he tells us to be "patient" about out civil rights.

Posted by: TheRadicalRealist | Jan 8, 2009 6:41:44 PM

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