I really love the LGBT community for standing together and not wavering from the fact that we are one community. The LGBT community is driving that point home today with a protest outside of the HRC store in San Fran.
Ethan Jacobs at Baywindows reports:
Out in San Francisco, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) continues to deal with the fallout from its decision last fall to break with other national LGBT organizations and support a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) without trans-inclusive gender identity protections. A coalition of local organizations,including the activist group And Castro for All, the S.F. chapter of Pride at Work, and the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, are planning a July 12 protest outside HRC’s retail store in the Castro.
Protestors will hand out rainbow flag stickers and urge shoppers to substitute the rainbow for the ubiquitous HRC equal sign logo stickers.`
“The rainbow flag is a symbol of our diversity, and our experience of HRC is it’s not as committed to diversity as the flag is, and we want them to step up and show a different HRC,” said Robert Haaland, co-chair of Pride at Work’s S.F. chapter.
The equal sign that HRC has adopted for their logo and which is recognized nationally is finally being outed as a sham. It was never anything more than a marketing strategy used to capitalize on the disenfranchised portion of the LGBT community and has certainly never lived up to it’s symbol. If the self proclaimed, largest LGBT organization in the country can’t treat the people in their own community with fairness, respect and equality, how can they expect others to treat us with fairness, respect and equality? How can they even pretend to believe that they can represent us while lobbying Congress?
The article goes on to say:
Brad Luna, spokesman for HRC, said that despite the organization’s backing of a non-inclusive bill in 2007 HRC is committed to the ultimate goal of passing a fully inclusive ENDA. As part of that effort HRC helped coordinate a hearing before Congress last month on
transgender employment discrimination.
“[The protest is] completely built on a faulty claim, which is we don’t support an
inclusive bill. Not only is it wrong, but it couldn’t be further from the truth,” said Luna.
Yes, I can see how we would have misunderstood HRC’s intention to support inclusive legislation when Joe Solmonese said they would not only support ONLY legislation that is inclusive but would in fact oppose
legislation that was not and they have TAKEN THAT MESSAGE LOUD AND CLEAR TO THE HILL. (I think Barney was absent that day).
In the end, HRC DID NOT support the inclusive legislation and has in FACT lobbied for the sexual orientation ONLY, version of ENDA.
I don’t think that HRC is scoring any bonus points for underestimating our intelligence.
We have some solid allies in our community who stand with us, side by side and we never have to question the meaning of their words or wonder what their strategy will be. It’s just not that difficult to have a good relationship with an allied organization.
I could easily pull apart Brad Luna’s statement, the fact is, I shouldn’t have to. The fact is, allies don’t treat each other as poorly as HRC has treated the rest of the community. Bravo to all the people who are finally listening!
Keep your eyes and ears open, there will be more protests and Boycotts to come.
Don’t forget the Boycott protest of HRC’s San Fran Dinner on July 26th.
Here’s a short clip at the start of the protest in DC which kicked off a string of HRC Dinner protests across the nation: