ACTIVISTS

Are Dan Choi’s Speaking Fees Spoiling His Appeal Among Grassroots Activists?

About a month ago, after nine months of dealing with your agent, I received an e-mail directly from you. In short, you basically said that the only way I could get you to speak is if I raised enough money to bring you to Tech. No deals, no compromises, end of story. […] I’ve lost all respect for you as a gay- and human-rights activist. You, sir, have lost sight in one of those many $10,000 checks written to you, of why you came out and became an activist in the first place. Remember, Lt. Choi? LOVE IS WORTH IT. LOVE is worth cutting a deal to poor college kids in an extremely conservative city who’s only desire is to make headway in their community. LOVE is worth sacrificing money to give my friends and others who are currently serving in silence the hope to remember they are worth it. Love isn’t made by money. Love isn’t made by your agent, Alec Melman. Love isn’t tangible when you’re suffocated by greed as you are. Love is constantly flowing through the heart and brain. Love is giving. Love isn’t defined by financial status, color, gender, creed, age or sexual orientation. Your definition of love is no longer my definition of love.

—Nonnie Ouch, president of Texas Tech University’s Gay-Straight Alliance, clearly upset about being unable to secure Lt. Dan Choi without paying him a speaking fee [via]

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