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Richard Socarides Will Lead Web-Based Equality ‘War Room’ To Make Up For Everything HRC Is Not

Now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is on its way out the door, groups like Servicemembers United will soon have no reason to exist. Luckily a new LGBT activist group is stepping up to fill the void in rabble-rousing activist land! Media Matters, the anti-Fox News watchdog, is launching something called Equality Matters that will serve as a “communications war room for gay equality.” Basically: A lot of links and video clips about the anti-gay spin machine and how to counter it. And who’s running this thing? None other than Richard Socarides, the gay Clinton adviser who’s been hunting for a way to get paid for all his punditry. The Advocate‘s Kerry Eleveld, meanwhile, is ditching the magazine to edit the website. HRC’s Joe Solmonese, at least publicly, says he’ll “welcome” the new group, but c’mon: The launch of Equality Matters is a reasonable thing only because HRC is not the rapid response team the gays have long needed. Expect a lot of “urgent releases” with Peter Sprigg’s name.

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5 Comments

  • Qjersey

    and what GLAAD is not, and what NGLTF is not.

  • SteveC

    So is GLAAD about to disband then?

  • Brutus

    If you think Socarides is any different from Solmonese, you’re deluded.

    The gays have had plenty of “active response teams” in the past. Look how far that got us in the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s.

  • James

    Congrats! A group that will actually do something and not only send me emails asking for money for high priced CEOs. That’s you GLAAD, GetEqual and HRC!

  • justiceontherocks

    @Brutus: Socarides is different. He’s worse. Look at his record. But, let’s see how they do.

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