@jeffree: I appreciate your comment.
I don’t mind having my comments hidden on Queerty. I believe Queerty is learning that feature is stifling conversation and a fair exchange of ideas and opinions. Jon Aravosis’ AmeriBlog and Pam Spalding block anyone that disagrees with their positions – that is their choice, but I’m not interested in one-sided preaching. Conservative Christians would be smart to simply visit Queerty and try to hide comments they don’t like. It only takes a handful of zealots to hide comments. GetEqual has already exchanged emails suggesting that my (and others in disagreement with their tactics) have their comments censored. It’s too easy to block intelligent discourse and the fair exchange of ideas. It is up to Queerty to determine if they accept that reality.
Our movement is dysfunctional and there is no united strategy for success. I haven’t professed to have the answers, but I think the questions are very important. I have stressed accountability for all tactics, methods, strategies and organizations. GetEqual and the small group advocating “direct-action” have rejected the simple idea that they need to provide some rationale that their efforts are helpful. They need to do this with some substance and not simply ill-placed historical references. It isn’t 1964 and the World has changed.
If activists can demonstrate how these publicity efforts lead to support (or even sympathy) then they would earn our support. So far, they haven’t. I monitor all the LGBT Blogs (as some expense) and comments have been against these stunts at an 20:1 ratio. People are expressing disagreement and concern for these activities and many are asking that same question: HOW do they HELP us?
I am not a fan of HRC, primarily because I do not see any evidence of lobbying the US Congress being effective. They have never provided any evidence, either. But, I paid for research seeking to find “changed votes” in the US Congress during the last 30 years and couldn’t find any. If lobbying US Senators works, that tactic/strategy should be easy to defend.
I have also suggested we “win” when we get enough people to join us and support our full equality. Research indicates that two-thirds of the US adult population would support us, but we do nothing in that regard. Instead, we are investing in three strategies: 1) Legal efforts, 2) Political efforts and 3) Direct Action. We have made some progress legally, but very little politically. The final strategy – demanding or employing high-profile expressions of anger and frustration, has NO evidence of success. None.
I get the anger and frustration – they are very real emotions, but as a community I think we can do better. I do not believe anyone responds favorably to our public displays of anger. As a strategy demanding only works when there is a threat attached. Aravosis says we will punish the Democrats if they don’t deliver, but that is an empty threat – they don’t need us. In fact, they can drift to the “other side” and get plenty of financial support. We also don’t have enough participation in Marches, protests and rallies to worry anyone. Instead, it only makes us look weaker.
In order for us to figure out how to win we must embrace accountability and make an honest effort to determine what actually works. I take this very seriously and I have spent a lot of money seeking answers. Hundreds of people have contributed ideas, methods and strategies. For some in our community it makes sense to seek answers, instead of censoring conversation and trying to “hide” reasonable questions. Questions I believe we should all be asking.