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David Mixner on Election 2000
by David Mixner

David Mixner chimes in on why this election is so important to GLBT voters who care about GLBT issues
"Mixner is an accomplished corporate and political strategist, human rights activist, and renowned leader in the struggle for equal rights for gay and lesbian Americans." Source: Mixner's Bio

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"...our next president will appoint up to three new Supreme Court Justices who will make decisions that will impact all of our lives for the next two generations. We cannot afford to let this be done by a man who thinks Lesbian and Gay people should be stripped of their rights, children taken from their adoptive gay and lesbian parents and male couples arrested in the privacy of their bedrooms?"
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Date: Saturday, October 21, 2000 12:21 PM
Subject: Re: An Urgent Appeal From David Mixner

Dear Friends:

At no time in my forty years in politics have I felt that an election is so crucial. We literally have the Senate, House, Presidency and the Supreme Court at stake.

BUT that is not the most important thing to me. There is no question that as your family member, friend and co-worker that my life will be dramatically changed under a Bush Administration. I deeply feel that I will literally be fighting for my survival as a gay man under a Republican Senate, Republican House and Republican President.

I am truely concerned for my civil liberties, my civil rights and my ability to receive the rights of citizenhood granted every other citizen. I fear for the safety of gays and lesbians and my own in an atmospher that will create anger and intolerance to Gays and Lesbians.

I urgently and deeply urge you to vote this November and to vote in a way that gives life to so many of us. Please read the following and VOTE. If you agree with me, I beg you to pass this on to your friends, co-workers and neighbors.

Governor Bush's record on lesbian and gay civil rights is really, really, awful. And this affects me in a very personal way.

Here's the Bush record and my future, if he became President:

  • Bush publicly stated that being openly gay would not be compatible with serving in his administration, and therefore, there would be no opportunity for me to participate at any level.
  • Bush has gone on record saying "Gays would be inappropriate parents"-- and openly opposed a measure to let Gay & Lesbian couples be foster parents. We have friends here in Los Angeles who are foster parents, as well as adoptive parents, and I'm terribly worried about Bush's stand on same sex adoption and foster parenting.
  • In 5 years as Governor of Texas, Bush never once publicly addressed the AIDS epidemic. He never even uttered the word.
  • Despite 40 brutal murders of gays and lesbians since Matthew Shepard, Bush opposes all Hate Crime laws.
  • Bush pledged his allegiance to the Texas Christian right by vowing to support laws criminalizing sodomy in their state.
  • In 38 states you can be fired for being gay, and Bush opposes employment protection of Gays and Lesbians.
  • Bush is adamantly against same-sex partnership rights, and I believe he would work to overturn the civil union legislation in Vermont.
  • Bush opposes sex education promoting safer-sex.
  • Gov. Bush's Texas Republican Party refused to give space to Gay Log Cabin Republicans at the GOP state convention (3 times).
  • As Governor, Bush refused to adopt an administration non-discrimination policy that included sexual orientation.
  • As Governor, Bush publicly opposed adding "sexual orientation" to Texas' Hate Crime law.
  • Our next president will appoint up to 4 new Supreme Court Justices whose decisions will profoundly affect our lives for the next 20-30 years.

With much concern and much love...

David Mixner

"Mixner is an accomplished corporate and political strategist, human rights activist, and renowned leader in the struggle for equal rights for gay and lesbian Americans." Source: Mixner's Bio


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