HRC on Moving Into Harvey Milk’s Camera Store: "Each tourist who buys a Harvey Milk T-shirt or an HRC tote bag is a potential (sucker) activist"

The Associated Press is reporting on what is quickly becoming the the Human Rights Campaign’s “hostile takeover” Harvey Milk’s old camera shop at 575 Castro in San Francisco for use as a boutique to sell its trinkets and merchandise.

Milk’s friends and admirers are so incensed at the group taking over the slain San Francisco supervisor’s stomping grounds that they would rather see a Starbucks there, underscoring the tensions that exist within the various factions of the gay rights movement. The organization is a frequent target of criticism from gay rights activists who consider its mainstream, ‘Would Harveyinside the Beltway’ style ineffective. They believe the organization’s philosophy of incremental progress in the gay rights movement runs completely counter to the uncompromising message of gay pride championed by Milk.”

Said Cleve Jones to the AP: “[Milk] was not an ‘A-Gay’ and had no desire to be an A-Gay. He despised those people and they despised him. That, to me, is the crowd HRC represents. Don’t try to wrap yourself up in Harvey Milk’s mantle and pretend you are one of us.”

HRC’screative director Don Kiser understands the concerns and says he is open to suggestions, but thinks the criticism is overstated. The group obtains about one-third of the new names on its mailing lists from visitors to its retail stores in San Francisco, Provincetown, Mass., and Washington. Each tourist who goes in to buy a Harvey Milk T-shirt or an HRC tote bag is a potential activist, Kiser says.”

In reality though For HRC, “potential activist” really means potential donor.

HRC should not even be mentioned in the same breath as Harvey Milk. Harvey’s memory and work and they sully it by even trying to pretend that they are akin.  And just how delusional  is HRC is that they thought no one would get upset or care about this?  Or perhaps they are just arrogant and really don;t give a flying fuck what we think, which has been par for the course all along.
Harvey Milk was an activist, advocate and role model.

HRC throws cocktail fundraisers for well connected A-list queers and A-list wannabees.

This is about not contributing to an ineffective organization, where your dollars are LITERALLY being poured into cocktails.and who still to this day whore themselves to the Democrats and the DNC instead of FIGHTING for your rights,

ANYONE who supports this move should be ashamed and have your gay card burned.

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  1. criticism from gay rights activists who consider its mainstream, 'Would Harveyinside the Beltway' style ineffective

    ineffective? how about a fucking fraud. They are not helping us one bit, they are hurting us. Less informed people that support equality donate to them taking donations away from those that will demand equality instead of giving us empty rhetoric.

    You Solomese are so fucking proud that you "were in a lot of those meeting" and then "Everybody involved let the community down" Freudian Slip there Joe? What were you doing in those meetings? Straightening your tie?

    I also disrespect you for not challenging Bush's bitch. You do NOT represent me. Oh and I do know how to spell your last name correctly but refuse to do so.

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