Two special interest groups enter, one group leaves.

When I awoke this morning, hung over after a great Friday night that involved my company holiday party followed by singing at the Shoebox Studio Winter Showcase which was then followed by the Hubba Hubba Revue Chris-manukkah Spectacular, I rolled over to look at the clock on my nightstand and picked up my phone, charging beside the bed.

I opened Facebook and saw six posts in a row, all fewer than five minutes old, celebrating the imminent repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. The seventh post was about the defeat of the DREAM Act by House Republicans.

I couldn’t really get that excited about this “victory” for LGB* civil rights–a victory that revolves around participation in the U.S. military will always feel hollow to me–but what struck me was how obvious it seemed that this victory was a quid pro quo for demolishing the first progressive legislative attempt at immigration reform we’ve seen in at least a decade.

A friend of mine put it this way: “In 2010, the Senate IS Thunderdome.”

*Aside from the extent to which the T is casually tacked on without any regard for whether or not gender-queer and trans people, much less their concerns or best interests, are actually included, the abolition of DADT still doesn’t protect transgender people. You’d need to go to Australia or Canada for that.

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