Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese just released a badly-written statement about Tennessee’s corporate-sponsored anti-LGBT bill. In it, he says that the 13 corporations who originally sponsored the bill and now oppose because it makes them look like bigots it are “on the leading edge of positive change.” Ummmm…. no.
Here’s Joe’s acrobatic abortion of the English language:
“Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese released the following statement: “Discrimination should have no place in the Volunteer State and the Chamber’s opposition to this law sent a strong signal that corporations are on the leading edge of positive change. In contrast Governor Haslam has put discrimination ahead of the state’s values and even business interests by signing this horrible legislation.”
Being on the “leading edge of positive change” means, y’know, actually LEADING social change in a helpful direction. Supporting an anti-LGBT bill, stammering from the negative press after it passes, and then offering lukewarm statements opposing the very bill you helped pass is not “a strong signal that corporations are on the leading edge of positive change.” It’s a strong signal that your opinions and policies change depending on who’s paying attention, which is the very definition of spinelessness.
Keep in mind, the 13 corporate board members of Tennessee Chamber of Commerce all knew that the bill would repeal LGBT rights as far back as a month ago. And what’s worse is that this law doesn’t just repeal Nashville’s current LGBT employment protections, it also prohibits any future attempts to provide such protections by any city clear across the state.
AMERICAblog offers a handy list of what each corporation had to say about their involvement and also points out that the Chamber of Commerce itself issued a statement opposing the very bill they lobbied for a mere 20 SECONDS before the governor signed it into law. “Leading edge of positive change,” indeed.
Of course, the HRC rarely speaks for anyone in the actual LGBT community anymore, so there’s a way you can make your voice heard without their useless platitudes. Join AMERICAblog’s campaign to swarm the corporations’ Facebook pages and Twitter accounts with messages of disapproval until they get off their butts and try to repeal the law they just helped pass.