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The Sheer Audacity Of Valerie Jarrett’s Speech At Last Night’s Human Rights Campaign Annually Held National Dinner – (Transcript & Video)

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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  1. Kaila says:

    I'm young and somewhat new to lgbt activism. I've seen different people diss the HRC. So what's our alternative? I'm not asking to be critical, that's an honest question. Recently, when something happens I either hear HRC or Glaad, but glaad only covers certain issues, obviously. So who should we be supporting to really take the lead? Or should we be putting pressure on the HRC to be better?

  2. Will Kohl says:

    Thats an interesting question.

    The HRC has been around forever and thats part of the problem. Like certain Banks it seems that they are too Big To Fail as a corporation, (By meaning they are really locked in with the White House) But they fail with the community because they are so removed from the regular LGBT person and they know that there really are few alternatives and that there is really nothing we can do except withold donatioions.

    As far as donating to worthy LGBT Political Lobbying causes there is an alternative. They are called The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. They help LGBT and LGBT supportive candidates directly. http://www.victoryfund.org/home (Instead of covering the whole Democratic Party like HRC) Also much of the money donated to TVF actually gets used for lobbying, and goes to politicians unlike HRC which has an operating cost of 35 Million a year but yet they ONLY spend about One Million a year on political Lobbying and contributions.

    On a National level there is a HUGE NEED for an alternative to the HRC that is a certainty. But there are other organizations out there that do good work

    Here's a link to a list of many LGBT organizations OTHER than GLAAD and the HRC.

    I hope it helps
    http://faculty.washington.edu/alvin/gayorg.htm

What do you think?