So far, GetEQUAL has delivered a well-needed goose in the balls to Gay Inc. and our “fierce advocate” with local actions like chaining discharged soldiers to the White House fence, heckling the president’s speeches, and storming ENDA meetings. Their next campaign is their first national one, a May 21st protest and an ongoing LGBT boycott of ExxonMobil. But unless the GetEQUAL/Exxon campaign gets a tune up soon, the campaign’s gonna run out of gas pretty quickly.
If done well, GetEQUAL could draw a lot of well-deserved attention about ENDA by highlighting the oil giant’s horrible LGBT record. ExxonMobil has an HRC Corporate Equality Index of zero for stripping away Mobil’s gay-friendly anti-discrimination policies and domestic partner benefits in their 1999 merger.
But as of yet, the campaign isn’t even mentioned on the GetEQUAL website and even their Facebook page doesn’t contain any information about the campaign’s goals, talking points or strategies. If they provided messaging and tactical specifics such as contact info for local protest organizers, specific talking points for press, and contact information for politicians who could help pass ENDA, that could help give GetEQUAL’s campaign the effective national coverage of its smaller campaigns.
Otherwise the campaign will steer itself into a ditch without wheels or much of a driver.
GetEqual has been laughed at for all of their stunts.
The President got the whole Democratic Party to laugh at us by suggesting how “stupid” we were to be protesting our “friends.”
These stunts are a waste of money. We don’t need attention, we need results. Like Barney Frank said “these stupid, childish stunts don’t change any minds.”
People have been boycotting Exxon Mobil for many years.
Knowing the organizers of GetEqual, this is probably more about Exxon-Mobil’s billions in profits, than HRC’s “equality index.” Socialism is the real goal of many self-described “activists.” Nothing wrong with that, but full disclosure is helpful.
Oh, and Exxon Mobil doesn’t care.
It begins May 14th in Dallas. They hope for “25 people at two Exxon gas station.” Wow.
The big day is the Annual Shareholder Meeting:
And on May 26, protesters will gather outside the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, where ExxonMobil shareholders will hold their annual meeting and again vote on a proposal to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the company’s employment nondiscrimination policy.
The proposal, which has been introduced every year since 2000, was defeated last year by a margin of about 60 percent to 40 percent in a vote of shareholders.
After Exxon and Mobil merged in 1999, ExxonMobil rescinded Mobil’s LGBT employment protections and domestic partner benefits.
@DEREK WASHINGTON: If you’d pay attention, you’d realize I don’t expect anything from HRC or ALL of Gay Inc. organizations. They are more interested in their salaries than our equality. I’ve been very clear.
This is about GetEqual’s publicity stunts. They didn’t get any attention pissing on our friends and now they’re trying to get people excited about attacking “big, bad oil companies.” One way or another they want to be relevant, but this won’t help.
GetEqual’s problem is they have neglected to provide any rationale for their publicity stunts. They have failed to explain how these stunts actually help us. Complaining is very easy. Figuring out how to win is very difficult. GetEqual has chosen the easy – non effective – way. It has not inspired any support and it is fading quickly. Most of their “direct actions” have gone un-noticed – for good reason.
To obtain our equality we must do the hard work of enrolling fellow citizens and getting them to stand with us and support us. Trying to get headlines telling people we’re “pissed” or “this isn’t fair” doesn’t inspire anyone.
Like Barney Frank said “these childish, immature stunts don’t change any minds.” Bitching doesn’t change any minds.
@Cam: What makes you suggest that HRC or Barney Frank said “there would be no movement on gay rights this year?” In fact, the opposite is true. Obama, HRC and Frank ALL said there would be progress and there has been.
The suggestion that GetEqual created any progress is totally without merit. This group has not garnered any support and has, thankfully, received very little media attention. I am a firm believer in accountability and I would be the first to credit these “direct actions” if there was any evidence that they helped. There is NO evidence. I don’t always agree with Barney Frank, but when he said these “childish, immature stunts are stupid and they don’t change any minds” he was being very honest and objective. We NEED to change minds. We NEED to generate support.
GetEqual and other self-proclaimed “activists” need to some reasonable rationale for these stunts. They need to complete the sentence:
We need to create media attention and make sure that everyone knows we’re upset (even our friends) because it will ___________.
Those promoting these public displays of frustration and anger have a responsibility to explain HOW they lead to support for LGBT Equality.
Another unnoticed publicity stunt. As was noted “Dump-the-Pump” was a stupid name and the intention was to inconvenience people and blame Exxon. It was childish and stupid.
A friend said there were “a dozen protesters” involved. That would be a record for GetATTENTION. Nobody even knew what the “Dump the Pump” signs meant. He said a few people “guessed” it was about the ruptured oil well in the Gulf.
The GetATTENTION embarrassment will end soon. It has been a waste of $500,000. Someone should have told these “children” that complaining doesn’t work. Plenty of people complain, nobody cares.
Make sure to order your “David Mixner T-Shirt” before the website goes down. It’s true. A “Mixner” T-shirt. They must have a “Dan Choi is our MLK” t-shirt, too. Just don’t press the “Donate” button – it could lead to more embarrassing stunts.