Is America Focused on LGBT Rights? Or LGBT Activists Feuding With Each Other?


In a just-delivered email demanding another $200,000 from its 725,000 “members,” Human Rights Campaign chief and future job quitter Joe Solmonese announced all of America is now focused on LGBT equality. It is?

“This weekend was big. From President Obama’s speech at our National Dinner to final House passage of hate crimes to the National Equality March, the nation’s attention is on LGBT equality – we have a burst of momentum. But this is no time to grow complacent. We need your help to capitalize on this moment. The next month and a half will be tough – while we fight against anti-LGBT ballot initiatives in multiple states, we must also act NOW to push our federal agenda to its tipping point, or we could miss this window.”

See, we thought the nation was focused on the enormous split in the gay community — between those who still believe the HRC will play a role in delivering equality, to those who have grown critical of the Gay Inc. group and are turning to grassroots activism.

But HRC has a direct line to the White House, which in turn knows exactly what America is thinking, so our assumption must be wrong.

(NB: The one person who might come to Joe’s side and insist there’s not a sizable gap between old and new school activists? That would be Hilary Rosen, who says the discontent is exaggerated. “It bothers me that there’s an enormous amount of division here being expressed, because it doesn’t really exist,” she told CNN. Rosen, of course, is was HRC’s interim director in 2004, following then-partner Elizabeth Birch’s 1990s turn as HRC’s executive director.)

Oh, hey, here’s Joe at HRC’s dinner on Saturday. Just for kicks.

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