Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast. To contact him, visit his website.
Annie Tsaotalks to the founder of Wolfe Video, the largest distributor of gay and lesbian films in North America.
What is your take on the state of gay and lesbian representation in the media, and how do you envision it changing in the future?
You know, the fact that we've had success doesn't represent success throughout the media. I think, as gay people, we don't really have proportional representation on television. Maybe there's a couple of shows, like Will and Grace or something, but 99 percent of TV viewing and acting has been all straight. We're making headway in terms of people understanding that being lesbian and gay is just a part of life, but I think we still have work to do.
LibertarianBrink Lindseycritiques a call from the right for a showdown on economics:
Let me make it clear at the outset: When it comes to specific questions of economic policy, Arthur Brooks and I probably agree on a great deal. Indeed, I'd bet that my opinions are much closer to his than they are to the typical reader of The American Prospect. I thought that the stimulus bill was, by and large, a waste of money, and the takeover of General Motors and Chrysler, a travesty. I opposed the recent health-care legislation and the climate bill and card-check legislation. Hey, I'm a vice president at the Cato Institute, so none of this should come as a big surprise.
Obama's immigration speech this morning at American University in Northwest D.C. was prompted by recognition that, with the outcry over Arizona's SB 1070, the politics of immigration are shifting. This was Obama's first major policy speech on the issue -- and while he reframed the debate as one not solely about border security, but also about the benefits of immigration and problems with our naturalization laws, he set no timetable for immigration reform.
Arizona has been in the news since the state passed its crazy immigration-enforcement bill, SB 1070, which criminalizes undocumented presence and gives police the power to stop people for looking "illegal." The Obama administration recently announced it would sue the state for usurping the federal government's constitutional power to regulate immigration, and it may not have to wait long for a decision. Yesterday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case involving a strikingly similar law in -- you guessed it -- Ar