According to a report by The San Francisco Chronicle, President Obama will NOT be attending the bi-annual President’s Cup golf tournament in San Francisco this weekend. This, in combination with the announcement that President Obama plans to stay in DC to attend an HRC dinner, has sparked the hopes of many that the president now plans to address the rally at The National Equality March on October 11. So far, the White House is not commenting on the reports. If the rumors turn out to be true and President Obama has finally decided to reengage on his commitments to the LGBT community, then his appearance at the rally could be brilliant! A moment I wouldn’t want to miss. But it may not go over so well if he just shows up with yet another feel-good, I’m-on-your-side type speech. President Obama must start speaking out and voicing a clear strategy to achieve our goals of equality. The fight for gay equality is an ongoing battle. The anti-gay referendums on the ballot in Maine and Washington, as well as the federal battle over hate crimes, and a host of other issues make that clear. We desperately need an advocate in these tough times. And despite my logistical fears of what the inevitable increased security a presidential appearance would have on my ability to navigate through the city and the march, I still hope our “fierce advocate” finally shows up.