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Kelly Eleveld

Don't Tell Me to Wait

How the Fight for Gay Rights Changed America and Transformed Obama's Presidency

Basic Books 2015

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Kerry Eleveld is the author of Don’t Tell Me to Wait: How the Fight for Gay Rights Changed America and Transformed Obama’s Presidency (Basic...

Kerry Eleveld is the author of Don’t Tell Me to Wait: How the Fight for Gay Rights Changed America and Transformed Obama’s Presidency (Basic Books, 2015). Eleveld is a writer for DailyKos and a former reporter for The Advocate.

We have all begun to write the histories of the Obama presidency, noting various accomplishments and failures. One of the most remarkable areas of accomplishment and change was the President’s transformation on gay rights. From a campaign that stumbled on the issue to a much bolder stance on don’t-ask-don’t-tell, DOMA, and other policies, the Obama White House was changed by gay rights and, in turn, changed America. According to Kerry Eleveld, he didn’t do this on his own. An assortment of advocates, activists, and bloggers pressured the White House to move gay rights issues from the edge his agenda. In Don’t Tell Me To Wait, Eleveld recounts this transformation as one of the reporters covering the President up-close.