LA Mayor Pulls Out Of HRC Dinner Over ENDA Debacle

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Human Rights Campaign’s past continues to bite back.

The non-profit caused a rift last year when it supported a non-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act after vowing to fight for trans inclusive measure. Even after the group apologized and promised to right its wrongs, some queer activists still aren’t feeling the HRC love.

And they’re fighting back.

As we mentioned earlier this week, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had been booked to speak at an HRC dinner tonight, but now we hear that a coalition of groups have successfully convinced him and other elected officials to boycott the event. From a press release:

Today, a coalition of queer progressive organizations will hold “The Left OUT Party: A Genderful Gayla,” an alternative to the Human Rights Campaign’s annual fundraising dinner in San Francisco… [In response to last year’s ENDA debate] several San Francisco local elected officials announced their decision to boycott the HRC fundraising dinner. Most notably, slated dinner keynote Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, has decided to cancel his speech after pressure from local labor and LGBT leaders.

As a counterparty that celebrates inclusion in the LGBT community, the Left OUT Party will educate HRC gala attendees about the urgent need for an inclusive ENDA. Local heroes, including California State Assemblymember Mark Leno, San Francisco Police Commission President Theresa Sparks, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Shannon Minter of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Tim Paulson from the SF Labor Council will receive “Human Rights Heroes”
awards honoring their leadership in advancing inclusive LGBT rights.

We’re sure HRC’s not pleased…