I’m not sure what the world needs is another LGBT advocacy group. I think we just need one or two that work. All Out, a new “global” organization that wants “Equality. Everywhere,” is backed by something called the Purpose Foundation, something which Google has never heard of, but the Times says “specializes in working with advertisers and nonprofit organizations on what is called cause marketing.” Officially launching next year, All Out is working off a $125,000 grant from the Arcus Foundation, which is enough cash to, uh, produce YouTube videos.
Does my attitude sound drab? Yep. And not because I don’t think All Out, or any of these burgeoning “grassroots” groups, don’t have a shot at effecting change. It’s just that they walk into activism with these grand ambitions, and we all know how things turn out. I’m all for bold moves (see: GetEQUAL) and grand schemes. I’m also one of those obnoxious realists, who doesn’t think a single YouTube video makes an activist organization.
I’m also one of those obnoxious gays who likes to be proven wrong. So make it happen, All Out. And show us how “Gay Inc.” doesn’t have to be a slur.