Yesterday, a branch of Occupy Wall Street calling itself “Queer/LGBTIQA2Z Occupy Wall Street” announced that it was protesting the Human Rights Campaign Gala on Saturday at New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel because the HRC was honoring Goldman Sachs.
In a statement to the press, the group explained:
“The Queer Caucus condemns HRC’s decision to honor Goldman Sachs in a time of financial collapse caused by their unethical business practices and greed, and deplores the use of our cause and suffering for corporate public relations. HRC honoring Goldman Sachs at this time reveals all one needs to know about the corporate LGBT lobby, and its disconnect from the 99% and the LGBT people it purports to represent.”
The Caucus also took HRC to task for failing to get any federal non-discrimination laws passed and “not even fil[ing] a bill for equal non-discrimination protections” under current civil-rights laws. “Equality and non-discrimination are universal values that define basic human dignity” says attorney and grassroots activist Todd Fernandez, “It is our civic duty as Americans to protect and respect the LGBT community immediately.”
While gala attendees are shelling out $650 for fine dining and the chance to rub shoulders with bigwigs, QLGBTIQA2ZOWS is offering a “guerrilla potluck” outside on Park Avenue. “Bring flashlights,” the flyer advises.
We support these activists’ desire to bring a grassroots element back to the gay movement, and can understand their frustration with Big Gay, but do they know who they’re up against?
Anna Wintour is getting an award that night. Anna. Fucking. Wintour.
That bitch has had blood thrown on her, shot down editorial coups, and seen her life threatened by people with serious mental illnesses (designers, photographers, models, etc).
We doubt she’ll even look down as her Louboutins smush right through a plate of quinoa and broccoli.
Good luck with that, folks!