Follow The Money

September 2, 2008


In my last blog post, Where Your HRC Donations Are Going, I reported that HRC had donated money to sponsor the Log Cabin Republicans but that they had donated zero dollars to sponsor the Stonewall Democrats.  Let’s take a closer look at who HRC is NOT supporting and what that effect has and will be.

In this email, Steve Driscoll, Co-Chair of the Stonewall Democrats, discusses the nonsupport of the Human Rights Campaign in the efforts of the NSD to elect Obama for President.

From: StDriscoll@

To: _____________________

Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 2:24 PM

Subject: HRC Sucks.


In light of HRC taking the weasel way out – again – I think we should take the lead.

I might also add, that after beginning discussions with HRC in OCTOBER about collaborating on events for the Democratic National Convention (to avoid the the anger and resentment they engendered by their high-handedness in Boston four years ago) as well as requests for sponsorship of the NSD Denver convention, AND following up with phone calls every two months with no return calls, I finally heard from them TODAY that no sponsorship would be forthcoming. When I pointed out to Marty Rouse last week that they sponsored the Logs Convention, his response was “Oh right, we did, didn’t we”. I then pointed out the obvious, that there were a lot more of us than there were of them – and I got no response when I asked what they got for their purportedly $10,000 to the Logs.

When I called him (twice) today he said that budget constraints were the reason why they would not be giving us a comparable (or any) sponsorship. I siad that there was an inequity here and asked if no one took NSD under consideration when they decided to sponsor the Logs. I then suggested that perhaps they could come up with some other way show support. His response: “there will be couple of HRC staff people in Denver”.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am absolutely furious about this. Not only is this inequitable, it’s fuckin dismissive and disrespectul. The task Force is at least giving us a stack of tickets to their Unity Dance. From HRC we’re getting bupkiss – and worse.

I, for one, will not attend their concert – and I will not go quietly into that good night either.

Any ideas?

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Where Your HRC donations are going!

August 28, 2008

BREAKING NEWS!

Early yesterday evening during a phone call conversation I received a tip from a reliable, anonymous source revealing yet another one of HRC’s true colors. According to my source, The Human Rights Campaign donated ten thousand dollars to the log cabin republicans and a big fat goose egg to the National Stonewall Democrats.

Stay tuned as more info comes in.


Keisling responds to Luna’s misrepresentation of working relationship between HRC and NCTE

August 26, 2008

I arrived home from a five day vacation just in time to play catch up with emails and news items I had missed. I was happy to see that Baywindows had published an article on the Boycott of the New England HRC gala. The article started off reasonable enough:

In response to Human Rights Campaign’s stance on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), the activist group Queertoday.com, along with activists from Queers Without Borders, Pride at Work and KnowThyNeighbor.org are organizing a protest of the organization’s New England gala dinner, which will be held at the Sheraton in Boston on October 25th.

It’s no secret that these organizations are frustrated with HRC’s support last year for an ENDA bill that did not provide anti-discrimination protections to the transgender community, and they have made it clear that they do not support many other aspects of the organization.

“We hope to continue what they’ve ignited. Activists have been protesting the HRC dinner in every major city,” said Mark Snyder, founder of Queertoday.com.

The fourth paragraph of the article was when it began to go downhill.

According to Brad Luna, communications director for HRC, the organization is working alongside the National Center for Transgender Equality to fight for the rights of transgender individuals across the nation.

Does working along side mean working with? I have worked along side many people without working directly “with” them. Does Luna’s statement leave one to believe that NCTE is working “with” HRC? You bet your ass it does and that is exactly what Luna and the other HRC employees want you to believe. This is yet another glaring example of the way HRC conducts business. Unethical, immoral and with the intent of harming a portion of our community. Is this an organization that anyone from the LGBT community should trust to speak on our behalf?

I alerted NCTE’s executive director, Mara Keisling to Luna’s statement and this is her response:

HRC continues to take a position on federal legislation that undermines the rights of transgender and other gender non-conforming people. So long as that is the case, NCTE will not work with HRC in any way that reinforces HRC’s inappropriate claim that they can speak for the very transgender people whose lives they are undercutting. While NCTE staff and board are occasionally invited by policymakers and others to attend meetings at which HRC staff is also represented and possibly being asked to speak for transgender people, that is the extent of our working relationship. We have asked HRC to stop misrepresenting our organizational relationship, and though they refuse to stop, we will continue to focus on the important work to be done and leave HRC to their irresponsible positions.

It seems to me that HRC has been exposed for exactly who they are. HRC is an organization who doesn’t take responsibility for their own actions and has continuously tried to take the focus off their unethical behavior by trying to place negative attention on a transgender organization.

Please endorse the HRC Boycott today, how many more reasons do you need?

“Animal Farm, Animal Farm, Never through me shalt thou come to harm!” George Orwell, Animal Farm (1945)


Organized Tragedy

August 11, 2008


On August 5th HRC released a statement concerning the ‘Trans panic’ defense in regards to the murder of Angie Zapata, a transgender woman from Greeley, Colorado.

This is the statement from HRC’s Executive director, Joe Solmonese:

The murder of Angie Zapata, just 18 years old, is a tragic reminder of the hate and ignorance that threatens the transgender community every day. Even worse is that Angie’s alleged killer is using her gender identity in an attempt to justify his heinous, inexcusable actions. The shameful ‘trans panic’ defense is nothing more than a scurrilous attempt to blame the victim for this horrible crime.

What about the horrible ignorance from an organization such as HRC who continues to put out these hypocritical statements?

What about the heinous, inexcusable actions of HRC?

Since March of 2001 when HRC added the word transgender to their mission statement, HRC has supported hate crime legislation which excluded gender identity or expression each and every time the exclusionary piece of legislation was introduced to Congress, during which time there have been 94 horrific murders of transgender people reported in the USA alone.

According to the Transgender Law Center’s former executive director, Chris Daily during an interview he stated:

What we’ve found is the reason why so many transgender women, in particular, are so vulnerable to violence is due to the disenfranchisement that happens around employment, housing and school.

The fact is that given the opportunity, HRC has always supported legislation that does not include gender identity. The cost of HRC’s decisions to continue to do so is mounting in loss of jobs, education, the homelessness of our youth, and in a rising death toll. We continue to pay with our lives. What a way to educate Congress.

Please join us in Boston on October 25 and do your part in holding HRC accountable for their words, their actions, our lives.



When Joe So Speaks….

July 31, 2008

The Lemmings listen:

Since I stood before you one year ago, I believe that our community has made more progress and has done more to move this country in the direction of full equality than at any other time in our movement’s history.

Has it been without pain? No, but work as complex as social change rarely is. Has it been without sharp disagreements about how best to move forward? No, as evidenced by the people protesting outside tonight.

But here’s what I know. In any struggle for civil rights in this country, there have been occasions when different groups of people have marched down different roads. What is important to our ultimate success is that each of those roads ends at the same place. And while I regret the pain and distance that sometimes comes from taking different paths, I am more assured and more committed than ever that those of us outside this room and those of us inside this room are going to arrive at the same place – one that ensures that every member of our community, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender has the same rights and the same protections as every American. We may differ in how we get there, but we will get there together.

We are fortunate to live in a country that allows us to speak out passionately and forcefully about our beliefs. I welcome that passion and I respect it.

Joe So is saying that both groups of people who are inside the dinner and outside protesting are struggling for the same thing and he is right. Both groups are struggling for equality. Joe So also says that both groups will get there some day and he is right about that too. What he never says is that HRC will help us to get there and that we will all arrive at the same time. We can’t get someplace together and be on different paths.

Just for the record, I don’t lie awake at night wondering if our community has gained the respect of Joe So. The arrogance he displays is maddening.

I hear there might be a meeting between 6 angry transgender activists and Joe So. You know what I think of that? I think it’s a complete waste of time. Unless Joe So publicly states that HRC will ONLY support a single ENDA bill which includes both sexual orientation and Gender Identity, there is NOTHING he can say to stop the anger. No matter who HRC hires, no matter which transgender person they get to speak at their dinner party, fund-raisers. DO WHAT’s RIGHT or shut the F_ck up.

Doin't be a Lemming

Don't be a Lemming


Are you Sure or are you HRC Positive?

July 29, 2008

So, lets do a little recap here. There was lots of wonderful news of solidarity surrounding the protest of the HRC gala in San Francisco. Just check out the you tube videos on this blog alone. All wonderful, powerful statements as to why protests have been staged at various HRC events across the country as well as the involvement of other GLBT national organizations and labor unions. I am very proud of the work our community did to organize this whole event and I want to thank you all here and now.

We need to keep our focus and momentum going!

Because, now we have the diversion of videos of the two transgender people who gave wonderful fluffy speeches, Meghan Stabler and Diego Sanchez.

We have a story that’s caught fire, from a lesbian woman who has allegedly been assaulted by HRC security guards. All these things are wildly compelling but my question is: where is Joe Solmonese’s speech?

Surely, the president of the largest national gay and lesbian organization gave the speech of a lifetime considering all that is happening in our communities. Doesn’t anyone else find it odd that HRC would choose to produce 2 videos of the token transgender speakers rather than that of their own president?

Now that HRC has hired a transgender person and named her associate director of diversity, replaced Jamison Green and Donna Rose with Meghan Stabler and Diego Sanchez on the HRC business Council, wouldn’t it stand to reason that Joe So would have something to say concerning HRC’s policy towards an inclusive ENDA? No big statement’s Joe? You mean after all this hoopla of hiring and replacing council members you’re not going to change your policy to (and follow my language folks) ONLY support an ENDA that includes both sexual orientation and Gender Identity?

KEEP the FOCUS PEOPLE and when you HRC supporters start spouting at the mouth, be certain that you are sure about what HRC policies are and that you’re not just being HRC positive.

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Disruption inside HRC Dinner In SF

July 28, 2008

Check these links for the story.

Alleged Brutal Assault at HRC Diiner

Vice President of Harvey Milk Club Dragged Out of SF HRC Dinner


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Video of Protesters