The more things change, the more they stay the same…
Michelangelo Signorelli sat down with the new Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin yesterday on his Sirus XM radio show The Gist and talked about the still-tense relationship HRC has with other groups and individuals in the LGBT community and also to explain awayHRC’s noticable invisibility during the recent Chick-fil-A disaster.
“I appreciate hearing your thoughts on that. It’s something, actually, we have spent a significant amount of time on. It’s something we communicated with our more than a million members on. My view on these types of things is exactly what it was coming out of the Prop 8 campaign. What happened with the Prop 8 campaign [regarding] those who were funding our opposition, the world needed to know it, so consumers could make an educated decision on whether they went to this hotel or whether they went to this restaurant. So my view, as it relates to Chick-fil-A, and what I think is really important — and I’m not sure we were fully successful in this, and I think we could do more on this subject — it’s not just [Chick-fil-A president Don Cathy’s] views on marriage equality. But he, in particular, takes his customers’ money and in turn supports organizations, including those that advertise to parents that they can convert their LGBT children into straight youth. And that has horrendous consequences and, quite frankly, tragic consequences. I certainly spent a significant amount of time, as did the staff, on Chick-fil-A, and you make the point that perhaps I could have, should have, spent more time on it.”
“Spent a lot of time on it?”
Your organization did NOTHING!
I find HRC’s inactivity and now cover-up in the whole Chick-fil-A mess to be pretty ridiculous and totally inept.
With all due respect to Mr. Griffin (not really) , his response about the HRC’s MIA status during the Chick-fil-A dust-up was a paragraph full of nothing. It’s the kind of double-talk politicians give when ducking a question, but want to make it sound like they’ve said something. I would have accepted (not happily, but accepted) “We decided there was nothing we could do, so we sat that one out,” over a typical HRC bullshit response. And to top it off there was no talk about HRC deafening silence during the now occurring Family Research Council – Right Wing Hate group onslaught.
By Griffins extremely evasive and guarded interview with Signorelli it seems that any changes we had hoped for withinn the HRC with Griffin as its new head after the disastrous “Solmonese Administration” have been dashed and like the Borg, Chad Griffin has been assimilated nicely to the Human Rights Campaigns bureaucratic and unaccountable ways. And I am sure that Chad’s obscene $379,000 a year salary and huge office in the HRC’s $8,000,000.00 office building (paid with by your donations!) in Washington D.C. has nothing to do with it.