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What Do You Mean Joe Solmonese Doesn’t Deserve a Fashion Award?

Human Rights Campaign executive director Joe Solmonese was named to the 35-member 2010 Fashion Awards list by Washington Life magazine, a publication devoted to making the nation’s capital look sexy, even when it’s stuffed with lobbyists, lawyers, and lawmakers, known throughout the land to be ugly and frumpy. The nod to Solmonese’s style puts him in the company of Count Renault de Viel Castel, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussei, and Joe’s BBF Barack Obama. Some queer bloggers are incensed and astonished that Solmonese, the still-employed irrelevant and ineffective Gay Inc. leader, could be celebrated for “favor[ing] designers Ann Demeulemeester, Billy Reid, and Dolce and Gabbana” while failing so brutally at his actual job. But that would be discourteous, because Solmonese is, actually, a snappy dresser.

In his years leading HRC, Joe is anything but a style disaster. Whether the event is a formal black-tie gala or a jeans a t-shirt appropriate event, Joe knows what to wear. So while he may not be doing much to get DADT repealed or ENDA passed, he is making the world a better dressed place.