Tuesday, February 18, 2020. New York City – What politicians believe about sex? It depends. Some politicians are more progressive than others. Some politicians still have ideas about sex from 500 years ago. Some politicians believe men should control women’s bodies. Some politicians believe everybody must be heterosexual. Those politicians pass laws against women and LGBTQ+ people.
Bernie Sanders is the progressive candidate in 2020. Bernie said on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, “It is women who control their own bodies, not politicians.” Sanders has been an ally of the LGBTQ+ community for more than 40 years.
In 2016, Alana Cleverley, a transgender woman said, “If Bernie becomes president, he will make it so that every state views the LGBTQ community as a whole as a good thing. He will push for the rights for everybody, like he did for gay marriage. I mean, he did that in the ’90s and gay marriage just recently got legalized. I don’t feel any other candidate will push for things that will end up benefiting people like me.”
Right now, Donald Trump is running for re-election. Bernie Sanders is the front runner in the Democratic Party. Other Democrat candidates running for president are Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bloomberg.
The article “Why Is Bloomberg’s Long History of Egregious Sexism Getting a Pass?” says, in part, “Bloomberg’s sexism, like that of fellow New York City billionaire Donald Trump, has been prolific and well-documented, but for some reason, the stories about him don’t seem to have taken hold. He is still being embraced by the Democratic establishment as a viable option for its presidential nominee. He surged to third place in several 2020 polls this week; the Democratic National Committee changed its rules to allow him to participate in the next primary debate; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said his presence in the primary is a “positive one.””
Bloomberg is a racist and misogynist politician. Why centrist establishment Democrats want him?
Dave Madden wrote the article, “It’s time politicians embraced the revolutionary power of sex” on The Guardian. This is part of the article, “When sex enters America’s national politics, it’s almost always the result of assault or scandal. The current president (Donald Trump) is a self-avowed perpetrator who defended the alleged pedophile Roy Moore and was buddies with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Bill Clinton faced a scandal over his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, and was accused of sexual assault by several women.
More often, though, sex isn’t allowed to enter our politics at all. In a small but revealing moment last month, Pete Buttigieg’s campaign canceled a fundraiser at a gay bar because the owner refused to remove a dance pole from the premises. The campaign’s demurral captured a criticism that many people in the queer community have made of the first viable out-of-the-closet candidate for the US presidency: he’s just not queer enough.
The revolutionary power of sex is something the queer community has tried to teach America. Sex brought us queers together in alleyways and underground toilets, where we found we weren’t alone. Then it brought us together in bars and bathhouses, where our numbers grew. Then it took us “out of the closet and into the streets”, where we won elected positions. The battles we fought for the right to love and have sex with whoever we want however we want gave this country one of its most significant civil rights victories.
If the people united will not be divided, then shaming our consensual forms of sex and sexuality is the best way to prevent this most poignant form of union. We don’t have to buy into it, however, and one way to fight this trickle-down sexual shame is by insisting our politicians talk frankly and positively about sex. A tall order, I know – some of us may recall how long it took Ronald Reagan to even say the word “Aids” in public – so in the meantime, we need to lead the conversations ourselves. Call out your politicians when they reproduce attitudes of sexual shame. Ask them potentially uncomfortable questions about birth control, comprehensive sex education and decriminalizing sex work.” Click here to read the full article.
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