Anti-Romney, pro-LGBT campaign warns: Mitt gets worse

LGBT activists have started a new campaign warning voters about Mitt Romney’s record on LGBT issues when he was Governor of Massachusetts. In a neat play on “it gets better,” Mitt Gets Worse is drawing attention to just how much the LGBT community and the cause of LGBT equality stand to lose from a Romney presidency:

When Mitt Romney ran for the US Senate in 1994, he claimed he would be better on LGBT rights than Ted Kennedy. Today, Mitt is one of the most outspoken enemies of the LGBT community, and he’s campaigning for president on an extreme and inhumane platform.

As a politician, Mitt Romney has earned a reputation as a flip-flopper — changing his positions in whatever direction furthers his career. But when it comes to LGBT issues, there’s one thing you can always count on: Mitt Gets Worse.

In this video Broadway actor Anthony Rapp, best known to American audiences as Mark from “Rent,” talks about Romney’s record on LGBT youth issues, and why it should concern voters as they head to the polls in November:

Massachusetts had been a state that had been on the forefront of empowering LGBT youth providing programs and services to them. Mitt, through executive order, abolished the LGBT Youth Commission… I am convinced that we are only headed towards darkness and going backwards decades of progress if Mitt Romney is in the White House.

No full transcript yet – sorry. If someone wants to write one in comments, I’d be so grateful!

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2 Comments

  1. Posted July 26, 2012 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    My first transcript, so be gentle!

    Anthony Rapp: I guess you could say I’m pretty lucky. As a young, openly gay man I haven’t had too many direct struggles with being able to live freely and openly. I mean, I’ve had little things here and there but I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of the time in history where we are making enourmous strides, moving forward where the country is becoming more willing to talk openly and honestly about LGBT issues in all walks of life.

    I’m Anthony Rapp and as an actor over the years I’ve had the privelege of meeting many young people who’ve shared with me their stories of struggles and triumph as they’ve fought to be recognized for who they are. To be able to live openly and freely as LGBT Americans. And their stories are why I’m here.

    Massachusets had been a state that had been on the forefront of empowering LGBT youth, providing programs and services to them. Mitt, through executive order, abolished the LGBT Youth Commission.

    A young man that I met years ago that shared with me that his father, when he came out, when into his bedroom with him, sat on his bed, handed him a gun, and said “I think you should consider using this on yourself.”

    Mitt was governor of Massachusets at a time when HIV/AIDS care was growing dramatically, so how was it that during his time as governor he oversaw the fourth consecutive year of cuts in funding for HIV/AIDS care?

    I’m convinced that we’re only headed towards darkness and going backwards decades of progress if Mitt Romney is in the White House.

  2. Posted July 26, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    Good for Anthony Rapp! And I’ve always been a big fan of RENT. So, he’s gay? I thought he was openly bisexual?

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