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The Mehlman Syndrome – Republican Kirk Fordham Named Head Of The Gill Action Fund

The Gill Action Fund is an  issue advocacy organization founded in 2005 by philanthropist and entrepreneur Tim Gill to provide resources to individuals and organizations on both the Democratic and Republican side of the aisle working to advance equality for LGBT people through the legislative, political, and electoral process..

Tim Gill today has announced that he has named Kirk Fordham, a gay Republican the new head of his Action Fund,” who the Denver Post reports first political job was working for then-U.S. Rep. Jim Imhofe, a conservative Oklahoman

Many LGBT “advocates” and even the The Victory Fund is praising the choice saying: ”Kirk practices a bi-partisan approach to problem-solving that has earned him the respect of many friends on both sides of the aisle.

But here’s the problem.  What they DON’T mention is that Kirk was Chief of Staff for the anti-gay closet case Mark Foley and hateful Tom Reynolds or that Kirk was directly involved in an effort to cover up Foley’s instant messages and contacts with 16 year old pages.  It seems we are to simply forget that Kirk’s Washington career took place during the most anti-lgbt administration years and he was a Republican first and a gay man second pocketing money and furthering his GOP career upon the backs of the LGBT community

This is just ANOTHER of gay whitewash’s that has been happening in the press and our community when it comes to “gay republicans” who did some heinous things in the past and participated in the most anti-gay elections in US history and not being held accountable “because they might be able to do some good” 
 
The idea of hiring Kirk and embracing Mehlman to bridge this gap between the GOP and and LGBT Equality is delusional at best and a strategy that is so flawed it will just push us even further back.  We need to face facts if Ronald Reagan himself came back from the grave and urged Republicans to vote for LGBT equality, it would not make too much of a difference, as long as the GOP is controlled by crazed extremists.
 
The utter lack of integrity, strength, and a winning strategy within the LGBT Community, its organizations and its media is the real downfall of our community and why we get no where fast.
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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist 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 Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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