Andrew Sullivan today reignites his long-standing feud with Human Rights Campaign.
Well, the latter topic got more traction last week when activist Mike Petrelis reported that many of HRC’s key leaders donated to Clinton’s late campaign, but gave absolutely zilch to Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee whom a college intern! The trouble, of course, is that the fusion of gay rights with the Clinton machine – fatal to gay equality in the 1990s – has not exactly given the lobbying group much cachet with the next potential Democratic president.
Meanwhile, Solmonese’s record on Capitol Hill is, despite his breathless promises a while back, non-existent.
They still haven’t passed their hate crimes bill; the employment non-discrimination bill is still in limbo (they were insisting it should be the priority over marriage and the military two decades ago!), Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell still stands, and HRC didn’t even ask the presidential candidates what their position was on the HIV immigration and tourism ban on their election questionnaire. One reason the US still has the same HIV immigration and tourism policies as Saudi Arabia and Yemen is because the US chief gay lobby group is more interested in selling tchotchkes than standing up for gay people or people with HIV.
But fear not: they have persuaded Christian Siriano to design a “fierce, fabulous, flawless” t-shirt for the summer. This is what the suckers still give them money for.
Yes, we agree with Sullivan: HRC has not been the most effective institution – and it is an institution – but they do occassionally use their buckets of money for good purposes: like the $500,000 the group pledged to fighting California’s potential gay marriage ban. (Although we have a feeling the pro-gay side already had a leg-up on that one…)