19 posts categorized "HRC"
Sally Field receives the Ally for Equality Award from the HRC, presented to her by her son, Sam Greisman.
For some reason I can't comprehend, the Human Rights Campaign decided to celebrate Goldman Sachs. Talk about tone deaf! Bad timing, bad idea. They lost me when they endorsed Joe Lieberman years ago—and if they hadn't, they've done plenty of lame stuff since then, too. It's unfortunate, because I want not to be against an org that's dedicated to gay rights. But HRC is really so stupid in so many ways.
Video showing Goldman Sachs's Lloyd Blankfein (pictured) endorsing marriage equality after the jump...
As of midnight last night, it was exactly six years since my first post. It's been a tough thing to keep up with a dayjob and outside activities, and just when I think I might walk away, a valuable connection or interesting opportunity or a kind word comes my way. Thank you all for reading me.
Of whom are you more jealous?
Here are my favorite 100+ posts out of nearly 11,000. Please take some time to read (or re-read!) a couple and tweet or Facebook any you like.
FROM BOY TO MAN: BC B.C. (2007): The entire history of my novell and novel Boy Culture as well as the movie version; might be my ultimate post.
BOY ON FILM (2006): An account of the NYC launch party for Boy Culture as it played the TriBeCa Film Fest.
FRIENDS AND "FAMILY" (2006): The movie version of Boy Culture hits Chicago.
RAPT PUPIL (2006): The final night of Outfest with Boy Culture; I was fat but on the other hand got to meet Bryan Singer.
"Your pictures suck" (2008): An art critic attacks me, but not without sustaining some hits in return.
DRAWN TOGETHER (2008): How my desire to draw related to my secret desire. One of my absolute favorite posts.
LOST ANGELES (2009): My favorite photographic travelogue of L.A.
ART IMITATES LIFE (2006): My 9/11 and my distaste for grief tourism.
BURNING MAN (2007): Tribute to my late high school friend and first romance.
LOST BOY FOUND (2011): There is a book in here somewhere.
CIAO HOUNDS: OUR TRIP TO ITALY (2011): Finally got José to Europe.
ILLINOIS DEATH TRIP (2007): Ruminations on death while revisiting a past home, and the past.
PASSING BY (2008): Mourning the loss of a person I only met once.
Jason Wu's Target-exclusive line is dropping soon—but did we ever get clarification from HRC as to whether Target is really as gay-friendly as they say, or should still be avoided for its donations to right-wing political causes?
The legislative repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell is apparently dead—its cloture vote failed today on party lines, with asswipe Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia the only Democrat voting against it and cloture-teaser Susan Collins (R-Maine) the only Republican voting for it. Collins voted for it only symbolically—she waited until the very end to switch to a yes.
President Obama's "strategy" (or lack thereof) and HRC's endorsement of it was a complete and utter failure; all he can do now is own up to that and offer something proactive—which he's been dead-set against doing so far—like an executive order or dropping the government's appeal of the Log Cabin Republican case against it.
"Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama" is a new media campaign in which men and women whose lives have been affected by Don't Ask, Don't Tell write open letters to the president, expressing their feelings and asking him to step up on this issue.
Brilliant and constructive idea—it pressures the president (especially as more and more letters appear), lets the people affected speak out in dignity (something Lt. Dan Choi had stressed) and should not be divisive within the LGBT community.
Be sure to keep reading Towleroad for updates.
GetEQUAL's next rally (via this horribly annoying video...I don't like the effects they used, which I am guessing are meant to make Lt. Choi seem MLKish?):
I think there is a parallel to be drawn between the national gay groups (in particular HRC) and the national women's rights groups (NARAL, NOW and Planned Parenthood). The latter are now upset over President Obama's decision to issue an executive order affirming the fact that the government will not in any way fund abortions as part of his health-insurance reform compromise. But why only now? Why are they issuing statements now and why are they only now seriously mobilizing against the despicable Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Michigan) and his kind of faux Democrats? Pro-act, don't re-act.
As with the gay groups, timing is everything—had the major gay groups pressured the White House earlier on, DADT might be further down the road. And had the women's groups pressured all Democrats early on regarding women's right to reproductive freedom, Stupak might not be the HCR kingmaker he's been made out to be.
At this weekend's Human Rights Campaign fundraiser gala, Joe Solmonese stated that Don't Ask, Don't Tell would be history by the end of this year (a tall order) and both Meredith Baxter and Clay Aiken (I have been ultra-cynical about him in the past, but credit where credit is due) gave great, rousing speeches.
I have issues with HRC; I think I first got annoyed with them when they endorsed Joe Lieberman over Ned Lamont. But as many shortcomings as HRC has, it also does do good work, too. Click here to see the speeches and to read about this event—HRC's second largest all year—which gave tons of LGBTs and our supporters the opportunity to participate in the cause in North Carolina, a place not often thought of as a hotbed of activism.