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The heckling lesbian — lending credence that we’re crazy gay activists pushing our gay agenda

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Apparently, there’s this lesbian activist out there who had the nerve to disrupt a speech being delivered by First Lady Michelle Obama, but was then “taken aback” when the First Lady had the nerve to get “right down in her face.”

According to reports, Ellen Sturtz, an activist with GetEqual, repeatedly interrupted Mrs. Obama’s speech on Tuesday to demand that the President sign an executive order to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Michelle Obama

Ellen Sturtz

Mrs. Obama reportedly “left the lectern” and confronted Ms. Sturtz, telling her, “One of the things that I don’t do well is this.”

My question is this: Why would you be surprised to have someone in your face, or were you just surprised that it was the First Lady coming back at you?

You made the conscious decision to disrupt her, so… should you not be prepared for someone, anyone, coming back at you?

I understand that there are two ways of seeing this. There is the side who believe that the only way to make change for the LGBTQ community is to be loud and in the face of anyone who can help generating any sort of positive change.

Then there is the side who believe Ms. Sturtz’s behavior was rude and uncalled for. They believe that President Obama has done more than any other U.S. president to change the lives of LGBTQ Americans, and to interrupt his wife while she is speaking is just wrong.

This side of the argument also feels that this rude behavior just gives more fuel to the conservative, homophobic Americans who believe we are simply crazy gay activists pushing our gay agenda into the face of every American.

It gives credence to their idea that we are simply a bunch of perverted morons, who want attention and rights, and will do whatever, whenever to garner attention which they don’t believe we deserve.

Michelle Obama is not an elected official. She is the wife of the President of the United States.

She doesn’t have the ability to sign any piece of legislation, nor does she form any sort of policy. So, why on earth would anyone — even for one moment – believe it was right and just to go after her for something political?

While I commend Ms. Sturtz’s passion, I don’t agree that interrupting the first lady while giving a speech in a private home is really the way to go.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but if someone interrupts me and gets all in my face, I don’t hear a word they are saying. The louder they are, the less I listen.

And finally my thinking is this: If you really believe the way to get to the President is to piss off his wife… you may want to rethink your strategy just a little.

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  1. #ICant

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:42pm
  2. She had every reason to be angry at Obama.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:42pm
  3. I couldn’t agree more! It’s ridiculous that this loud mouth lady kept yelling … as if Michelle had magic powers to grant the wish of the loudest person. Plus, this idiot knows NOTHING of what an Executive Order is all about! Oy!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:43pm
  4. Oh please! Michelle is a bitter angry hate monger! Aint nobody gotz time for dat!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:43pm
  5. Oh,please,gays are people first and foremost. Isn’t the premise that we are human beings an important part of our push for HUMAN rights? So this lesbian was rude; lot of people are,and not just lesbians…she was being a human being, with flaws and I am sure merits on her side,too. We need to get over being afraid to put people on the spot; we are lied to, discriminated against, demonized,made scapegoats of,and much more. Too bad if we occasionally throw it back.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:44pm
  6. I agree an executive order won’t solve the main problem they are too easily undone. But Michelle Obama handled it wrong. As did the heckler enough blame to go around on all sides.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:45pm
  7. I have to disagree with you 100%. There should be more politicians being interrupted at expensive fundraisers. They must be held accountable. Yes, not the most ideal situation, but today everyone is talking about this story and just maybe it will educate a few. That woman is a hero.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:45pm
  8. Asking someone to make good on their promise is not crazy at all.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:46pm
  9. Please, tell us why she had every reason to be angry at MRS Obama.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:47pm
  10. Maybe, Mrs. Obama shouldn’t have confronted the woman. However, the woman was completely out of line. There is a time and place to voice your opinion irrationally and during the first lady’s speech, was not the correct time.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:48pm
  11. I’m all for good manners, but get real. How polite would straight people be if they weren’t being allowed to get married? I bet they’d do a bit more than interrupt a speech.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:48pm
  12. First of all, that Lesbian was rude. Interrupting someones speech is horrendous. Seriously. Obama has done more for gays and spoken his voice out to them. THEY ARE OUR FRIENDS! NOT OUR ENEMY! Besides, Executive Order people. They are not the f’n Wizard of Oz.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:48pm
  13. She didn’t care about our cause at all. It was a cheap shot at her 15 minutes.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:48pm
  14. Well said

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:49pm
  15. Obama can’t implement gay marriage.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:49pm
  16. She is not a politician. Why don’t some of you go after the dang Repugs that are screwing us into the ground.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:49pm
  17. Ahem…we are queer and we are pushing our agenda, what’s wrong with that? Everyone else does. Why apologise or compromise?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:50pm
  18. That is so altogether beside the point.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:50pm
  19. I guess I see it like this. Every time this country has seen major changes it has taken a long time. Rome was not built in a day, it takes time to make things happen. To be perfectly honest I thin the First Lady did exactly what I would have done, which is why I never joined the military – talk to me like your crazy, you’re going to get crazy right back.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:50pm
  20. Hecklesbian is displacing her rage. It should be targeted at our repressors.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:51pm
  21. That fool made us all look bad. I rarely say anything like this, but honestly, if there were a way to kick her out of our cause, I’d think that this wold be an appropriate situation to do so. She is everything that the haters proclaim that we are, but aren’t. :(

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:51pm
  22. If you are going to be rude as that heckler was, then expect to be treated the same way. Secondly behaving as badly as this heckler did doesn’t help one’s cause. I strongly support equal rights for everyone but I do not support obnoxious and rude behavior from a segment of the human population. Respect is a two way street.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:54pm
  23. I know that. I still find it understandable that people aren’t always going to be polite while being treated worse than second class citizens.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:55pm
  24. The lady was out of order for sure and she should realize the bad rap it gives to the LGBT.. There is a place and time for all things…

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:56pm
  25. It easy to fight with your enemies, it’s a lot harder to fight with your friends. I’m not denying the Obamas are gay friendly, but give me rights, not verbal support.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:56pm
  26. And when is the correct time? Should she have just written a letter? It’s about time government is held accountable for empty promises! Who cares if Michelle was interrupted at a private fundraiser where she was making big $$ to speak?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:58pm
  27. You must come from a real place of privilege if you think non-violent civil disobedience is uncalled for in the fight for equality.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:58pm
  28. nobody says we can’t push our agenda, we just look stupid when we use venues like this and target people who are not in a position to change policy

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:59pm
  29. I’m not happy with a lot of what Obama’s done, or hasn’t done, but gay rights is one area he’s at least making a difference…hell, just by mentioning gay people at his acceptance speech and inauguration, he’s done more than any other president has. I wouldn’t piss off his wife, honestly. That said, I’m all for activism. Watch, the Repubs will twist this around too…ugh.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 2:59pm
  30. Agreed!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:00pm
  31. A certain well known daytime TV psych likes to ask “Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy” ?

    If the objective was to feel better, she probably does, but if she wanted to promote LGBT rights, she failed.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:01pm
  32. Again, she is not a politician. It was rude.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:02pm
  33. At an outlet where it could be heard without being rude. That’s when. The Obama’s have stood up for the LGBTQIA family over and over; that can’t be forgotten.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:02pm
  34. Educate us? smh

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:03pm
  35. What did she personally promise,Jayce?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:03pm
  36. And again, she might not be a politician, but she is married the the President of the United States which is the biggest political office on the planet. Maybe this was the woman’s one chance. I would’ve taken it. Rude? We need to be rude to our politicians. Who cares if they’re feelings get hurt. The work for us. And we are not free yet. We must stand up at fundraisers, on street corner, in the privacy of our homes and DEMAND our full rights at ALL times.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:04pm
  37. She “confronted” no one. We have to make it sound as evil as possible.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:04pm
  38. im sorry but this is rude and an embarassment. the president is helping alot towards our lives and for this rude outlash was uncalled for.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:04pm
  39. SHE did not promise anything. And SHE is not responsible for her husband’s career actions. Nor was I responsible for my husband’s. Bad manners are bad manners. And these bad manners mightily detract from ASKING people to support your cause. Sign me “A Straight Mom Who Has Long Worked for Her Gay Son’s Rights”

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:05pm
  40. she is not a politician…

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:05pm
  41. Wow, how profound.. It’s not true.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:05pm
  42. According to whom?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:06pm
  43. If she were a white woman, would you say that. Ed?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:06pm
  44. Again… she is the top politician’s wife. She is political. Very proud of this activist. Wish more of us were as brave as this woman.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:06pm
  45. Troy, tell us how you would have handled it.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:06pm
  46. Just what I suspected, you are racist. Your little race card game does not work.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:06pm
  47. But why misdirect that outrage? Because it’s convenient?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:07pm
  48. Dislike! The activist has freedom of speech. We can not squelch speech in any form- whether from LGBTQ-haters or from LGBTQ activists.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:07pm
  49. And Kat, she educated so many people because everyone is talking about this story today. What have you done today but stick your nose up at a true activist?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:07pm
  50. I think even the heckler will agree that her actions brought her nothing, and her goal is quite literally busted in this instance. What we need to do is do it like the Christians and pay our way to equal rights. #sarcasm

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:08pm
  51. She should have showed compassion and explained as First lady she doesn’t really have anything to do with lawmaking directly but she would pass the message onto the POTUS.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:09pm
  52. Hardly. It’s just stupid to vent your outrage at someone who can do little or nothing to fix the problem. And, in fact, has done quite a lot to change things for the better.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:09pm
  53. Got the thing said, and heard. If that’s what it takes, that’s what it takes. As for looking like crazy this and that – so what? Would you rather be liked than equal? So, it was rude, I’m all for rude if it gets the job done.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:10pm
  54. What did Mrs. Obama do to hurt her?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:10pm
  55. How does Obama grant you rights?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:11pm
  56. That was her only goal in the first place. She’ll get a nice steak dinner, a free bus pass and a signed copy of her non disclosure contract for.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:11pm
  57. If she’d thrown rat feces at the president’s wife, we’d be talking about that, too. Doesn’t make it any less stupid.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:12pm
  58. She was rude, and that is never okay. People are not talking about it in a positive way. Obama has done more for gay rights than all other past presidents combined. There is still more to be done and I prefer the civilized approach.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:12pm
  59. Uncalled for

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:13pm
  60. In reading several articles on this incident, I noted that the comments sections seem to be equally divided between which woman was correct in her actions and which one was rude, inconsiderate, and with misplaced anger.

    I can see both Ms. Obama and Ms. Sturtz’ points, and their reasons for reacting as they did. To me both were so right and at the same time both were so wrong.

    Was it right to interrupt Michelle’s speaking? No. There is danger however in blaming the actions of people like Ms. Sturtz for “hurting the movement”.

    If no one had ventured out in protest at Cooper’s Doughnuts, Compton Cafeteria, and Stonewall Inn, there would be no LGBT movement as we know it today.

    We need both the behind the scenes political discourse and the in-your-face activists, or we get nowhere. To imagine that this incident is responsible for converting people into bigots is absurd. The bigots were already present and aren’t going away anytime soon.

    Ms. Sturtz perhaps should work on being a bit more personable when engaging a public speaker and Ms. Obama should perhaps be more willing to listen and understand when someone tries to make a point.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:13pm
  61. Agreed. Heckling and interrupting the first Lady is NOT the way to win friends and influence the opposition.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:13pm
  62. Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:13pm
  63. She should save it for the real enemies, which are in the GOP.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:15pm
  64. She supposedly got down off the lectern. I’m just going off of what I read. I’m not claiming that it’s a bad thing to voice opinions. Not at all. I’m a lesbian woman and I very fervently stand for human equality. I simply think that the woman should not have interrupted the first lady’s speech. That’s it.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:15pm
  65. She’s just trying to fit into ‘Murica!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:15pm
  66. Completely disagree. As well, Mrs. Obama ruined any chance at elected office by the horrible way she handled it, and probably closed the wallets of many gay donors as Democrats try to take the house next year.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:15pm
  67. We all must be dragged from complacency and stand up and shout. I will be rude if I have to. You know what I find rude… with one simple stroke of his pen, Obama could take us yet another step closer to equality.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:17pm
  68. Michelle Obama has taken up her causes, so in a sense she is a politician and an activist. HOWEVER, the President has done a great deal for both women’s rights and the LGBTQ community and the Supreme Court is getting ready to hand down a decision on same sex marriage. I’d say that there are times when toning down (not silencing, mind you) our activism in favor of courteousness and respect are appropriate – and at a fundraiser with the First Lady speaking is, IMHO, one of them.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:17pm
  69. yes but michelle is NOT a politician and it was disrespectful that gets us nowhere and now it’s gotten the stupid loudmouth on a list so she’ll never again be allowed within 100 yards of any benefit.fundraiser.etc etc

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:18pm
  70. yuck. it’s so awful reading members of the LGBTQ community, and our allies, dismiss this woman as JUST an “angry lesbian” who made some noise. what are we supposed to do? a formal letter? a silent protest? another march? i don’t believe for one second this protester thought that by attending and interrupting this event last night that Obama would sign a document and it’d all be sorted by the morning…but no doubt she KNEW that it would spark up a dialogue about this very real, very serious issue still affecting gays and lesbians throughout the US in 2013. what she could have never accounted for are all the members of her own community giving proverbial high-fives to Michelle Obama for acting like the entitled, disinterested politicians we’ve come to loathe. support this woman! don’t you want your equal rights!?!? do you REALLY believe that waiting patiently is going to get us there? it’s 2013. stop being OK with WAITING.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:18pm
  71. Amen!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:21pm
  72. there is difference between taking elected officials to task and holding them accountable, and yelling at the First Lady who, last time I checked, was basically powerless to dictate policy. All this does is make it more believable that we (gays) have an agenda and are willing to completely disregard common decency to attain it. It was rude and accomplished nothing. We aren’t talking about granting the things she wants granted. We’re talking about the angry lesbian who yelled at FLOTUS.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:21pm
  73. Are you fuckin kidding? What box are you living in?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:21pm
  74. I can’t justify where and when she chose to speak out, except to say at least she was heard. If we weren’t overall so incredibly polite maybe the people in power wouldn’t find it so easy to ignore us.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:23pm
  75. We do have an agenda. Don’t be afraid to say… GAY HAVE AN AGENDA! And that agenda is equal rights AT ALL COSTS. I’m sorry people but wake up. And she is an angry lesbian and I’m an angry gay man. And I am so thankful to this true activist who is willing to stand up to a party that I’m sure she supports. and yes, I will do anything to get my equal rights and keep my family together. Anything. More power to this woman!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:24pm
  76. I’m not.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:24pm
  77. Not me.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:25pm
  78. If you condone this type of behavior than you apparently don’t have a clue as what the political process, and you are more than likely just as rude as this ridiculous woman who did little more than embarrass herself as well as casting a dark cloud over the entire LGBT community. She, and anyone who supports her actions, should be ashamed of theirselves.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:26pm
  79. I just don’t think we’re being ignored that much anymore. The one issue that’s problematic right now is our being used as a political football in the immigration reform – but that’s going nowhere anyway. Otherwise, we’re seeing victory after victory. How are we being ignored to the point that would justify this?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:26pm
  80. Couldn’t agree more!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:27pm
  81. Nothing was going to shut that woman up.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:27pm
  82. A dark cloud? You want to see a dark cloud? Check out mine and my husband’s story. I’m very much aware of the political process. I think some might find me rude, but being called names will not shut me up until we all (yourself included) have equal rights. Please, if you have a few minutes, check out our story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/14/doma-project-missing-husband_n_3268825.html

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:29pm
  83. I applaud Michelle Obama! We are people, not just gay people, and what we demand are human rights, not gay rights or special rights. We must retain our humanity and act just as any other human would in our every day lives because that is what we seek: Equality. We are not excused from the required professionalism of every other social situation just because we are different, or talking about civil rights.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:30pm
  84. What’s up with that damned heckling lesbian? She is a teaGagger with a tool belt…

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:32pm
  85. I guess it depends on your perspective. Yes, we are seeing great victories, but we still have far to go. This woman just reached her breaking point. I think we’ve all felt the frustration and injustice of the inequalities a gay person still faces.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:35pm
  86. How many times did this activist heckle Bush or Mrs. Bush? Didn’t get close enough, you say? So, now, when we are finally be listened to and the momentum towards recognition of our basic rights is finally moving in the right direction. Now, we have to be rude and jarring? Poor timing, ma’am.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:35pm
  87. If this were a republican First Lady, you all would be screaming of the disrespect that was given. If you think Obama gives a damn about you, you’re wrong. He wants your vote, that is it, but the vast majority of you continue to rally behind this idiot in office (and his wife). Libertarians wish to take over the government, then leave people alone. The Libertarian message is one that will hopefully become more appealing to the LGBT movement as you see that liberals only pander for your vote.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:37pm
  88. Castro, there is a time and place for everything. I know I won’t convince you of anything because stubbornness does not like to be questioned, but you win more with honey than vinegar. Yelling and screaming at a political event makes our entire cause look bad. It’s rude, it’s childish and in that context does NOT accomplish anything. Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t run into Presidential conferences and just start screaming “FREE BLACK PEOPLE!” only more rude. Susan B. Anthony didn’t whine in meetings about women not being able to vote. Harvey Milk didn’t stop by every fundraiser to make sure absolutely everyone there could hear him yell at the organizer run at the show.

    “But protests and…” Stop. A protest is not the same as heckling. A protest is an organized event with a central cause which doesn’t force anyone to look at it but brings people in because of the cause and the fire and the passion. You get things by doing that, and running for office, and organization campaigns, and telling politicians what to do – in an organized setting under which it can be in writing, they are expecting it, and it doesn’t interrupt another purpose.

    Not like this. All you’re going to get here is an annoyed speaker. Imagine if, Castro, you were giving a speech and I ran into the room and repeatedly interrupted you with “HEY CASTRO WHY’D YOU POST THAT THING ON FACEBOOK” and demanded an answer. A smart person would kick me out, because that is rude. I don’t care who the person is. You don’t be rude to anyone, be it the old lady down the street or the President of the United States.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:39pm
  89. Probably not but at least Michelle Obama would have came away looking compassionate. Trust me I’m not condoning the Heckler. The right wing will prop this up as proof of the radical gay agenda she did us no favors.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:41pm
  90. I am only stubborn when it comes to our basic human rights – My husband might disagree, but he’s not here because I can’t sponsor him for a green card. Sometimes you’ve just got to make a scene to be heard.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:44pm
  91. GetEqual is prancing around like this was such a success. “Look, she got everyone talking about ENDA.” No one is talking about ENDA. Everyone is talking about how rude and inappropriate this grandstanding, angry lesbian was. But if it was the goal to get our community fighting with itself, GetEqual really scored one there! Hooray for GetEqual. They learned well from the TeaBaggers.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:45pm
  92. So unless we’re all assholes who take out our anger on people who can do nothing to solve our problem, we’re just being inappropriately polite. That’s just asinine. I think it was an ignorant, immature stunt that accomplished absolutely nothing, except to exasperate someone who has been a rather strong advocate.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:47pm
  93. you know, I’m with Mrs. Obama on this one. That was just rude and disrespectful. This coming from a gay woman who wants equal rights for everyone. There is a time and place for everything.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:48pm
  94. Interrupting the first Pro Gay First Lady about GAy Rights is like protesting an AIDS Healthcare Center in Los Angeles for better AIDS healthcare! ??? REALLY? Or Protesting free vaccination sites for more free vaccinations? HELLO! This was a fund raiser for the Democratic Party. Castro Burger … you have no clue how much we’ve fought to get this far!! You DON’T BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU!! Unless you

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:48pm
  95. ‘re a rabid dog!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:48pm
  96. I think that Michele is intelligent enough to realize that this one woman was an extremist. I doubt seriously that she would pass judgement on all LGBT people because of this incident. I still believe the LGBTcommunity is getting shafted by others who believe that they are better than us. This needs to end !!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:49pm
  97. You know, I think you’re missing a major point. You can be heard until you’re blue in the face. Everyone here can hear you. Being heard in the 21st century isn’t the problem. Being understood, and more importantly, GETTING PEOPLE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, is what’s important. The politicians have heard ALL the opinions at this point on LGBT rights. Nothing is new to them, I highly doubt. So yelling the same thing over and over so you’re “heard” isn’t going to make them move any faster. If anything, it’ll burn them out.

    So no, you don’t need to make a scene to be heard because that isn’t the obstacle standing in your way. It’s politics, and the last thing you want to do in politics is make a scene. If you are’t already an accomplished politician or pundit, then you have to work with the system and be committed to working with the system til you get what you want. DETERMINATION, not whining, is what makes the different.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:51pm
  98. So what you are saying is that protests and fighting for equal rights should be polite? Image if Rosa Parks gave in and got out of her seat just because “It was the polite thing to do”

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:53pm
  99. Thank you Don Herman! They can’t Grant us rights! Not even by executive order! (please read the constitution people!!!) … What they can do is what they are doing now! Which has helped us 10 fold on the battlefield of gaining our rights as american citizens! their Verbal Support is a hell of a lot more than most of the people I know have done! I’ve fought on this battle front for many, many years! Came out when it was still a mental disease (which my parents wanted me to see a psychiatrist about) … so how about those screaming and shouting and being RUDE stop verbalizing their disappointments and actually do something proactive! How about setting up outside or American Family Council and holding a press conference akin to what they did in front of our offices a couple of days ago! That would get better, more positive press than interrupting and being rude to the FLOTUS!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:54pm
  100. Do you really think that Michelle Obama, the First Lady, can do little or nothing to fix the problem? Yeezus Christ.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:56pm
  101. There is a right and wrong way to do things and as a lesbian i am happy an activist was there to fight for the cause, but time and place is important. One MO does not always fit the situation, she is lucky she wasn’t bitch slapped. Being passionate about something does not give you the right to be out of line. Time and place at the end of the day she accomplished nothing more than making an ass of herself and making the community look bad.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 3:59pm
  102. Her husband’s C minus effort to help LGBT is not her fault.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 4:02pm
  103. 1 step forward, now 2 steps back…ignorance is bliss

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 4:11pm
  104. There is a time and a place for everything and this was not it. The lady was out of line and if my 4 year old knows this so should you. Respect is due to everyone. It’s one thing to be passionate about your cause but it’s another to be rude. This lady was rude, out of line and childish. Somebody should have given her a time out.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 4:12pm
  105. I agree with you.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 4:26pm
  106. So does anyone know her name or do we just keep referring to her as “that lesbian” until we all forget tomorrow?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 4:31pm
  107. Ellen Sturtz.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 4:33pm
  108. I think its time for it all to pass. while focus on this, there is probably something we should be paying attention to. People interupt politicians all the time. it brings attention to the need for the issue. True enough that Obama has done a lot of the LGBT community, but so much more to be done!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 4:38pm
  109. How can u b so blatantly rude & disrespectful advocating for YOUR Rights?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 4:41pm
  110. No Michele Obama proving Xtian bigotss come in all shapes and colors.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 4:48pm
  111. EXACTLY make their lives uncomfortable like our have been for thousands of years. We’ve waited and waited and we are not waiting any longer if we cannot be granted by government what the creator bestows upon us all then we shall take it when and where we will. Isn’t that the motto of the 1%? Anything not nailed down is mine, anything I can pry loose is not nailed down.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 4:50pm
  112. I don’t get the point. Michelle Obama has no effective power in government. And what is the point protesting for gay rights in a meeting on children’s issues?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 4:52pm
  113. Except that Michelle Obama is not a politician and has nothing to do with legislative process.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 4:52pm
  114. Not a very intelligent move and oh so not helpful!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 5:12pm
  115. Castro Burger she is not a politician….she can’t make her husband do anything he doesn’t want to do…..

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 5:20pm
  116. she is fabs person

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 5:35pm
  117. yeah… GetEQUAL seems to have issues…

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 5:53pm
  118. He can’t run for a third term, so what exactly does he want our vote for?

    Wait, is this all you’re doing? Insisting with no proof that Obama is just doing things that are very beneficial to the LGBT community because he wants votes for an election he’ll never have because he’s termed out, just so you can push people to YOUR libertarian political agenda.

    How do we know YOU actually care, or libertarians actually care, if this is what they pull – I don’t feel like a political party cares when they preface it with “The guy that has done a lot to help you doesn’t actually care about you based on my own conjecture. VOTE LIBERTARIAN!”

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 6:21pm
  119. Very wrong to have done this.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 6:25pm
  120. Don’t worry y’all. The First Lady took care of it. Water under the bridge. They know not to do it to her again. LOL She shut it down! Now, if they want to heckle someone who actually has the power to make laws, say, the GOP. Go for it!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 6:46pm
  121. SMDH!….Not for the Heckling Lesbian!….

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 7:37pm
  122. You’d think that being as old as Ellen is, she’d have learned some sort of tack when dealing with people….

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 8:01pm
  123. and so what condemnation can do9 that to ppl so stop be4ing pricks

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 8:11pm
  124. She did not, however, have every right to be a disrespectful little twit who spat on everything that the rest of us have worked so hard to accomplish.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 8:24pm
  125. We are all angry. Shouting doesnt accomplish our goals, it never has. It wasnt an outcry for justice in a situation where it was appropriate ( Milk’s march) or a press conference with policy holders. This ‘event’ put us on the level with that jackass with the cowboy hat who shrieked a few elections ago. It isnt about having an agenda, of course we have policies we all lean towards, its about being like everyone else in the end. Voting, rallying and not being a brat, especially when it’s not a jerk like McCain youre shouting at. If you think anyone as fabulous as Michelle isnt personally pro gay rights, youre crazy but she is part of a moderate presidency, things are going to keep crawling along. Being proud and being a child are not the same thing. We CANNOT be associated with people like PETA or our enemies in the red party who block us from events with shouting, it’s insulting to our intelligence, our dedication and the deserving nature of our cause. We are better than shallow punches paid in sass, we deserve equality, we demand equality but we should show our marked difference to our enemies with composure and dignity. Not screaming like an adolescent. Or at least be clever about it #pussyriots. This isnt an issue of volume anymore, they know we are here, its our visibility, our rich character as a community that has made our cause the obvious and just one. And we do not need people flailing about, we communicate better than that – we always have. The brave person is the one living their life without compromise and standing their ground and casting their vote, chin held high; every person on this earth can shout, that doesnt make you special, it just makes people tune out. This is our moment, we need them tuning in while we got em.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 8:39pm
  126. Every group.. I repeat.. EVERY group has their extremists. Don’t judge (period) the majority by the actions (or appearance) of a few select “individuals” (wing-nuts or otherwise).. unless that group is politicians or religious nut-bags.. imo.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 8:43pm
  127. We finally have a first family that is on our side and now we treat them rudely. I think people should think before they speak. I also believe that the First Lady is not one to be messed with!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 9:00pm
  128. We finally have a first family that is on our side and now we treat them rudely. I think people should think before they speak. I also believe that the First Lady is not one to be messed with

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 9:00pm