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What’s It Say About Joe Solmonese That He Skipped Congressional Hearings On Uganda to Hit Sundance?

Should Joe Solmonese get flack for hitting up Park City to attend a Sundance Film Festival movie panel? Blogger and Queerty‘s favorite blowhard Michael Petrelis thinks so!

“The top honcho at the Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solmonese, was unable to attend Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s congressional hearing on Friday regarding the Anti-Homosexuality Bill pending in Uganda’s Parliament,” he writes about the HRC head, seen here at Sunday’s panel (not napping, we believe).

This is true! But to be fair to Solmonese, who is a Sundance regular, he was taking part in a panel hosted by GLAAD, which, after canceling this year’s Queer Lounge at Sundance, was really the only place for queers to gather. Aside from the lobby at 8: The Mormon Proposition screenings.

And it’s not like Dustin Lance Black, who narrated 8, will be among those harping on Joe for some business-slash-recreational jaunt: “I’ve seen how [LGBT] people have attacked me, attacked Cleve Jones, attacked the [Prop 8] case — and I’m not going to turn around and do the same thing to these other organizations. I want to support them. I want these other organizations to do well. I want HRC to succeed. I want Joe Solmonese to be the best leader we’ve got. I want Equality California to change and grow and do well. So I don’t think it’s wise to be attacking each other in any situation. We might get into some fights behind closed doors, but that’s healthy. That’s the way it should be.”

(Sorry, that was a great quote from Black that we needed to squeeze in somewhere, and this post was the most fitting.)