The campaign against Human Rights Campaign continues.
HRC came under fire last year after flip-flopping on an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act. After vowing to fight for trans rights, the non-profit did an about face and began pushing for a gays-only version of the legislation.
Now, months later, the after shocks are being felt in San Francisco, where two of the city’s gay politicos have vowed to boycott HRC’s annual dinner next month:
On Tuesday, San Francisco Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Bevan Dufty introduced a resolution at City Hall calling for a bill that includes transgender people and recognizing the boycott.
“The Human Rights Campaign should not be human rights cowards,” Ammiano said at a news conference at the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center. He said the organization seems uneasy with transgender issues.
Dufty said he will skip the fundraising dinner for the first time in 23 years and instead will make dinner at his home for people protesting outside the event.
The city’s two LGBT Democratic clubs support the boycott, as does the San Francisco Labor Council. Assemblyman Mark Leno and state Sen. Carole Migden, both of San Francisco, also are not attending the event.
HRC has continuously defended last year’s queer stance an claim they “exhausted every resource” to do the right thing. They were forced, they say, to fight for what they could get. Too bad they ended up fighting their own kind.
So, what’s the moral of the story? If you’re going to claim to be the nation’s largest, most important queer non-profit, don’t act so “gay.”