(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.
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:
https://secure.ga4.org/01/equa... TO CONTRIBUTE TO Transgender equality and empowerment in CA:
http://www.transgenderlawcente... 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.