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Left Out of HRC Party in SF

by: Brian Leubitz

Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 17:13:01 PM PDT

(Just about an hour... - promoted by Brian Leubitz)

I'm not a huge fan of the Human Rights Campaign. I think they soak up a percentage of gay rights dollars that is far larger than their utility. And they endorse Republicans who happen to vote with us on a few issues, but that vote for virulently anti-gay leadership in the House and Senate. (I'm looking at you Mary Bono Mack.)

But what has many LGBT activists mad at HRC these days is their support for a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that does not include protection for transgendered individuals.  This is unfortunate. We have learned from state laws that it isn't simply a matter of a few more years to get that protection added in a different piece of legislation. Gender queers deserve the same protection as gay, lesbian and bisexuals, and it will be a long, long time coming if we don't pass it at one time. I understand that not everybody feels that we need to stand together (like HRC chief Joe Solmnese), but it is through our unity that we can achieve our goals. HRC fails to recognize this, and chooses to leave the gender queer behind.

If, like me, you find this troubling, you should boycott the HRC Gala in San Francisco this Saturday. But don't worry, you can still have a great time. Pride at Work and some other great groups are organizing a "Left Out of HRC" Party in Union Square across the street from the St. Francis where the HRC gala will be held.

Full Details over the flip...  

Brian Leubitz :: Left Out of HRC Party in SF
HRC "Left Out" Party!  This Saturday, July 26th, 5pm until ?
Westin St. Francis, Union Square


Also, check out this Pride at Work op-ed in today's SF Guardian: http://www.sfbg.com/entry.php?...

YOU'RE INVITED!! Queens, Studs, Femmes, Trannies, Twinks, Soft Butches, And all fighters for social justice and fabulousness! COME TO THE 'Left OUT Party: A Genderful Gayla!'
At Union Square, directly across from the Westin St. Francis (where HRC's gala is happening simultaneously), San Francisco's LGBT communities will celebrate inclusiveness and the multitude of gender expression and variation in our LGBT communities!
At the Left OUT Party, we will honor the legal team that won the CA Supreme Court marriage decision, hear from politicians and community leaders, and feature a spectrum of genderfabulous performers and Mistress of Ceremonies, Annie Danger.
TO CONTRIBUTE TO Marriage Equality:
TO CONTRIBUTE TO Transgender equality and empowerment in CA:
Please sign the petition in support of the HRC gala dinner boycott, joining organizations like the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, And Castro for All, The Trans March, The Lou Sullivan Society, FTM International, FTM San Buenaventura Chapter, and the SF Labor Council.

Already, our City's leaders have committed to attending LEFT OUT or staying home. SF's LGBT Supervisors Bevan Dufty and Tom Ammiano have introduced a resolution at the SF Board of Supervisors urging that their fellow elected officials not to attend the HRC dinner. State Senator Carole Migden, Assembly Member Mark Leno, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, and Public Defender Jeff Adachi aren't going. Board President Aaron Peskin, Supervisor Chris Daly, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, and Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval also have committed to support the HRC dinner boycott. The President of the School Board Mark Sanchez and School Board Members Jane Kim and Eric Mar have also signed on.

Please sign the petition, and tell your friends to join you in showing support for true inclusion in our community.  Go to www.leftinsf.com to sign the petition.

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Screw HRC (0.00 / 0)

Below is the text of an e-mail I sent to everyone I know following the 2006 mid-term elections. I will never, ever forgive the HRC for using donations to advance the Republican Party's control over the Senate.

I'm already getting e-mails from the Human Rights Campaign celebrating yesterday's gains and taking credit for the victory. F*@k them.

The HRC endorsed, financed, and advocated Republican Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island over Democrat Jim Whitehouse. While Chafee himself is not a bad person, his very first vote in the Senate would have been to elect Republican leadership.

With luck in MT and VA, the Dems will take the majority in the Senate by one seat. In other words, if the HRC got its way and Lincoln Chafee had won, the Senate still would be in the hands of Republican homophobes like Sam Brownback and Tom Coburn.

It's morning in America and we have a lot to celebrate. The HRC, on the other hand, does not get to claim credit for this victory. We will take a razor-thin majority in the Senate in spite of the HRC, not because of it.

How can we punish the HRC for advancing our rights? Yes, the "T" is not included in ENDA and it should be. But these things happen incrementally and always have and always will! Were we supposed to say "No thanks, we'll wait for our rights until you are ready to give them to us?" What would have happened to civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s with that attitude? The so-called LGBT leadership in SF should be ashamed of this short-sighted strategy...it leaves our opponents laughing.

Equality (8.00 / 1)
The HRC's slogan is "Working for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender equal rights."  Yet HRC supports legislation that does not treat transgendered people as equal to gay, lesbian, and bisexual people.

Perhaps the HRC should change its slogan to "Working for gay, lesbian, and bisexual rights.  If and when politically expedient, we might do something for those trannies.  But not if it might interfere with the gays and lesbians getting their rights."

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Advancing our rights? (0.00 / 0)
As I mentioned in the post, I believe that there is a role for such an organization, but they take up far too much in resources than their value. And if they aren't going to represent the entirety of the LGBT community, then they should disclose that.

It is not as if there are not alternative organizations to give your money to this year.  There are hundreds of local, state, and national organizations fighting for the rights of the entirety of the community. Check out http://unitedenda.org for more information on those groups, but the leaders include the Equality Federation, whose members are the state-based organizations, like EQCA, that fight for LGBT rights. In terms of national lobbying, the Gay and Lesbian Task Force is committed to an inclusive ENDA, and is growing into a nice little organization. The Task Force is both effective and efficient with our resources.

Don't boycott donating money to LGBT orgs, just make sure you give to the right LGBT orgs.

I think?

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it isn't just T (0.00 / 0)
HRC sucks in general and really has no game outside if throwing parties.  

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but they have a cute sticker! (0.00 / 0)
Blue and Yellow...sooo cute.

I think?

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Flawed Logic, Flawed Values (0.00 / 0)
HRC is not advancing "our" rights.... it is attempting (and failing!) to advance the rights of only a portion of our community.

I have been so outraged by HRC's position on ENDA that I e-mailed them to be removed from their mailings, including a note on why I was making the request.

In a very long response touting their "efforts" on behalf of the transgender segment of our community, the correspondent made the following statement:

"The disagreement on strategies by advocates for equality should not make us question each other's commitment to the common goal of getting protection for all members of our community."

Um, but I don't remember signing up to support a cause that included forfeiting my right to think or speak my mind, nor to completely abdicate my duty to think critically.  The very suggestion that HRC leadership should be followed blindly is offensive beyond words.

By supporting this fractious legislation, and then not getting it passed, HRC has proven itself to be both morally bankrupt as well as ineffective.  

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HRC just hasn't learned (0.00 / 0)
From the Washington Blade back in 2006:

The Human Rights Campaign is defending its endorsements of Sen. Joe Lieberman, and Congresswomen Mary Bono and Cynthia McKinney, following criticism from some high-profile donors.

"A lot of these mucky mucks at HRC are hobnobbing with powerful and wealthy people, and they're starting to act like them," said Thomas Van Etten, a gay Californian who said he is planning to erase a $1 million contribution to HRC from his will.

Endorsing Mary Bono lost them $1 million then.  It pays to stand up for yourself.  

I'm union staff, but not a spokesperson for my union - all posts represent my views solely.

just came from the picket (0.00 / 0)
i uploaded some photos and videos to my flickr acct. my username is utbriancl. It was a great turnout and the picket seemed to be getting a lot of attention.

I'll post something more in depth tomorrow.

I think?

63 year old lesbian dragged out of event (0.00 / 0)
What follows is what a friend wrote me late last night:
Around 7:00 I sat at table #72 (which was in the back row). I listened to Diego Sanchez's speech. During Joe Solomonese's talk I left my seat and walked towards the tables in front of me with the intent of distributing printed materials. At this point 2-3 large men accosted me. I don't remember their exact words but I quietly said that I had bought a ticket and had the right to be there. I began to place printed material on a table when I was grabbed roughly by at least 2 men (who I think were behind me). One of them put my right arm in an armlock behind my back and up and bent my right wrist with tremendous force.  I was also held by both arms  (with force enough around both upper arms that I had bruises within 20 minutes).

At some point I was knocked to the ground and dragged out of the dining area into the outer room where they lifted me to my feet but did not let go. I then said to them-"let me go I will leave (we were walking to a stairwell). They did not let go and dragged me off my feet again and down the stairs to the exit on post street."

I have huge bruises on my arms and a shoulder that feels like it was half pulled out of it's socket.  Years ago I was thrown out of the st francis by SFPD and they didn't hurt me at all. These are a company of private goons hired by Human Rights Campaign to police their event.

HRC is afraid of peoples' protests and they can't afford their donors getting information.

Can It Happen Here?

pictures? (0.00 / 0)
Why would anyone be surprised by HRC's actions? Only "low information LGBT activists" wouldn't know that HRC sucks at this point.

I haven't given a dime to HRC since 1996 when they endorsed corrupt New York Republican Senator ALFONSE D'AMATO over Democratic challenger CHUCK SCHUMER.

Give to THE TASK FORCE, your STATE ORG, your local LGBT Community Center and LAMBDA LEGAL.


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