Activists Celebrate Successful Protest of HRC Dinner

October 29, 2008

Activists Celebrate Successful Protest of HRC Dinner

50 Protesters Call on Supporters to Stop Giving Money to HRC

Boston – Fifty transgender and queer activists from throughout New England protested the Human RIghts Campaign (HRC) Annual Dinner in Boston on October 25th. The protest was organized by the “blogavists” of and supported by several area organizations including the local Transgender Veterans Association (TAVA). Queers Without Borders brought twelve spirited activists from Connecticut who provided bullhorns, signs, and logistical support.

Protesters marched and chanted outside the Sheraton, and several activists conducted “flyer drops” inside the event. “We’re ecstatic about the success of this protest,” said local organizer Trevor Wright, “We came out in solidarity to call on donors to give to local organizations instead of HRC.”

The protest was called in response to HRC’s support for a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that did not include protections based on gender identity and expression, and their endorsements of conservative candidates over more progressive ones. Over 300 organizations including PFLAG and NGLTF continue to support the United ENDA document at


Queer activists believe HRC’s conservative endorsements divide the progressive coalition we need to enact broad human rights reforms. HRC endorsed Joe Lieberman, a staunch supporter of John McCain over his pro-marriage equality opponent Ned Lamont. HRC also endorsed Republican Susan Collins, dividing Maine’s LGBT community after Equality Maine endorsed her more progressive opponent Democrat Tom Allen. HRC endorsed Mary Bono who has received shamefully low scores from every major civil rights organization except HRC, and Al D’Amato a pro-life Reagan supporting Republican. Although HRC criticizes John McACain, they continue to give thousands of dollars to the Log Cabin Republicans.

Nationwide Protests
Protesters have been greeting HRC dinners for two years now. In New York City elected LGBT official boycotted the dinner. In San Francisco the keynote speaker, the may or of Los Angeles, declined to attend due to protests by queer organized labor activists. HRC has also been met by protesters in Washington D.C., and many other cities across the nation, including Kansas City.


No one Left Out at Debut of Minnesota Gender Advocates

September 20, 2008

Congrats to Minnesota Gender Advocates

Left Out Party – Sept, 13th 2008
No one Left Out at Debut of Minnesota Gender Advocates
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008

Close to a hundred people attended the Left Out Party organized by Minnesota Gender Advocates at Pi Bar, in Minneapolis to celebrate inclusiveness and community. The event was organized to show the Twin Cities support of a fully gender inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The ENDA passed in 2007, by the National House of Representatives, is legislation designed to protect workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Minnesota Gender Advocates, along with hundreds of other organizations across the country is working for an ENDA that also includes protections for gender identity and expression.

On this night, while the Human Rights Campaign held their annual dinner across town, attendees showed their support for a fully inclusive ENDA by signing over 75 letters to members of Minnesota’s federal congressional delegation. One of the highlights of the evening was a visit by Representative Keith Ellison (5th Congressional District) who shared his support for a fully inclusive ENDA. Among community leaders attending, Raquel (Rocki) Simões from the GLBT Host Home Program, Avenues For Homeless Youth, attended to show her program’s commitment to expanding protections to people of all gender identities.

Minnesota Gender Advocates is a new group working for visibility and equality for all Trans, Intersex, gender Queer and gender Questioning (TIQQ) Minnesotans. Our Mission is to raise awareness of issues affecting TIQQ communities, promote equality, and advocate for legal and policy changes that affect our civil rights.

HRC Gave $10K to ‘Republicans Who Care’

September 4, 2008

Cross Posted with permission from San Franciso, advocate Michael Petrelis reports

HRC Gave $10K to ‘Republicans Who Care’

Funny, I don’t recall a press release from the Human Rights Campaign or seeing anything on their blog about how their 527 organization, HRC Equality Votes, contributed a nice five-figure donation to the moderate Republicans Who Care group.

I would think a $10,000 donation from America’s supposed bi-partisan gay political organization, would be something to shout about because it shows, to a very small degree, how it isn’t totally beholden to the Democratic Party. But I can’t expect the P.R. department at HRC to keep the gay community informed about every little donation they make to GOP groups in a tight election year, right?

Thanks to the records at, I now know that HRC Equality Votes not only made the $10,000 donation to the Republican group, but I also have learned, through this page that the donation was made on March 25, 2008.

Now what about the following the money and paper trail on Republicans Who Care? Well, they’re affiliated with the Main Street Fund, another moderate GOP group, which in turn is linked to the Republican Main Street Partnership. The Republicans Who Care have a pitiful one-page web site that was last updated back in January.

On the expenditures page for the Main Street Fund, the records show that the group spent $180,000 for broadcast media costs, and the money was used to hire Response America, a direct marketing agency.

And how does Response America tout itself and its clients?:

Response America has served as the direct marketing agency for some of the most prestigious national and regional Republican and right-of-center accounts in recent years. Our direct marketing strategies have raised nearly $100 million and generated over 1,000,000 new donors for our clients.

Our breakthrough voter targeting techniques combined with our firm’s nationally renowned creative and strategic firepower deliver the right message to the right voters at the right time. We know how to persuade and mobilize voters to win on Election Day.

Who are some of their current clients?:

McCain for President 2008
Republican National Committee
National Republican Senatorial Committee
National Republican Congressional Committee

HRC donors must feel so good knowing the organization they support has provided gay dollars to any GOP organization this election season, and that the recipient group is linked to Republican efforts to election John McCain. Organizing HRC Protest in Boston

August 2, 2008

Boston – activists and allies will protest the annual
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Dinner at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on October 25 at 5pm.

The group is working to build a coalition of trans and queer activists, anti-war activists, and women’s rights activists to protest HRC’s lack of grassroots coalition building, support for pro-war and anti-choice candidates, and support of a non-inclusive version of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA).

“It’s time to show HRC what real solidarity looks like,” said Trevor Wright of, “transgender and labor activists united in San Francisco to build the largest protest ever of HRC, and we plan to show the country Boston can too!”

Organizing protests is not new to activists. The group formed the largest ever protest of Focus On The Family in 2005 by joining forces with the local anti-war movement, and has organized and endorsed countless other protests throughout the past 6 years.

“HRC has spent millions of dollars on fighting losing marriage battles throughout the country but has done little to help grassroots organizers make the world a safer place for queer youth and the trans
community. We’ve had enough. HRC does not speak for us,” said Jake Harpin, a transgender activist with

Organizations can endorse the protest by visiting the events section
or contacting Mark Snyder at markdanielsnyder@…

The protest will take place outside the Hynes Convention Center in
Boston on October 25 at 5pm.


August 2, 2008

Location: Hynes Convention Center
Street: Boylston
City/Town: Boston
Website or Map:
Contact Info: 617.416.0552

Protest the HRC Gala with activists and allies. The HRC sold out the Transgender community time and time again, most recently supporting a non-inclusive version of ENDA. HRC fails to build broad, progressive, grassroots coalitions instead choosing to endorse pro-war, anti-choice, conservative candidates. Let’s unite to show HRC what solidarity against oppression looks like!

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

Video of Protesters

San Fran HRC Dinner Boycott

July 26, 2008

All I can Say is WOW!