Longtime Gay Activist Cleve Jones: Corporate Money Is Destroying LGBT Organizations
In an interview with Edge Boston longtime gay activist Cleve Jones, a close friend of Harvey Milk, claimed that he fears the LGBT movement may be losing its way and that corporate money has too strong an influence.
The HRC, GLAAD, and the National Lesbian and Gay Task Force is “either remarkably tone deaf, and incredibly cynical or it was maybe bought and paid for.” Jones said as pointed to the brouhaha over the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s initial endorsement of AT&T’s decision to merge with cell phone service provider T-Mobile and HRC’s appointment of Goldman Sachs (the corporation which started the current economic countdown) CEO Lloyd Blankfeild as a spokesperson for its national marriage equality campaign. Jones fears that corporations that pour large amounts of money into the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and other national LGBT organizations have turned the groups into nothing more than “corporations”
Asked if he though President Barack Obama will endorse marriage equality before the November election, Jones said “I kind of doubt it. But I will vote from him, I will campaign for him. With all of his problems, he is infinitely better than what the other party has to offer.”