Alex Nicholson, founder of Servicemembers United breaking his silence about the Human Rights Campaign, which SU works closely with to battle DADT.
Nicholson confirmed that he attended a February 1 meeting at the White House which the Human Rights Campaign attended, and his group has been closely tied to HRC. The larger and more outspoken and vocally critical LGBT lobbying group on the issue, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (whose executive director, Aubrey Sarvis, has been critical of the president’s foot-dragging), was not invited to that meeting, a fact that was revealed during our LGBT Leadership Town Hall last month
Nicholson confirmed that the White House’s and Secretary Gates’ message are one in the same, in terms of wanting to put off repeal until the DOD study is done and not wanting to include repeal in the Defense Authorization Bill. A lot of controversy had surrounded HRC regarding what was said to HRC and others in that Feb 1 meeting. Rather than sounding the alarm that the White House was not committed to repeal this year, HRC came out of that meeting still defending the president and confident that repeal would happen. HRC downplayed what was said at that meeting after it was reported on in April.Nicholson, however, said the outcome of the meeting should have been cause for alarm, that the White House has indicated,including at that February 1 meeting, it would be a “passive” supporter of repeal this year:
“I’ll say, honestly, first of all, that I don’t think HRC has not done everything they could to put pressure the WH. I believe there are some there who believe they have done everything they can…I think there are others who may have other agendas and professional careers and things like that to worry about. I have been begging HRC to scale up their operations on don’t ask, don’t tell since early last summer…Realistically, I do think there was more they could do earlier this year, and I think there was more they could do last year…I would have loved to have seen the ramping up going on a year ago. You can’t build the infrastructure…in a matter of two months…That needed to happen last summer.”
So there we have it. Concrete proof and confirmation from someone on the inside that HRC is a bunch of liars with an agenda. And that agenda. Get your money and keep thier jobs as long as possible.
After all. if we get equality, they are out of business.
You can listen to Alex’s interview with Michelangel Signorile by CLICKING HERE.