Longtime Gay Activist Cleve Jones: Corporate Money Is Destroying LGBT Organizations

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. Andy Szekeres says:

    I respect Cleve but he’s way off on this point. Without Corporate funding many of our c3’s in the LGBT community would shut down or would be crucially cut.

    Cleve just no longer understands how much money these things take nor can he provide a way to make up those crucial gaps.

    • Will Kohler says:

      I understand. But personally I do wish that there was a bit more integrity when it comes to decisions. I personally think Blankenfield/Goldman after all that they did is the wrong face for Equality.

  2. It also depends on how much of that money is no strings attached. If a corporation gives money anomalously, then they are not doing it for an agenda, (maybe a tax break).

    But what bothers me are these companies that get into trouble with the LGBT community by doing something offensive, then throw a bunch of money at GLAAD or something to settle the debt.

    When you accept that money, you have lost your way a little.

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