Post Election Hullabaloo over Gay Marriage:
Responses from a Brown-Immigrant-Queer
by Debanuj DasGupta
I am finally recuperating from the 2008 elections, my tired brown body has slept long hours, gorged on junk food and watched endless Lifetime movies. My brain is finally beginning to rewire itself. The Obama hats, badges and campaign materials have been neatly packed away, and I am getting ready to work with fellow progressive activists and policy makers to ensure we can hold the Executive Office accountable to economic and social justice issues. I had been working tirelessly in the swing state of Ohio side by side local unions, church moms, progressive priests and vegan queers to turn the state blue. And on the night of November 4th, surrounded by over 500 democratic minded activists from Ohio and across the world, I drank to the state turning blue and Barack Hussein Obama’s overwhelming victory. We were lush with the taste of victory; our painstakingly detailed field strategy had finally paid off, and a multi-racial, progressive-sounding man was now going to move into the White House. It was truly a celebratory moment.
Debanuj DasGupta is an internationally renowned gender, sexuality and human rights activist.