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Barney Frank vs The Log Cabin Republicans – ROUND 2: They Are Still Uncle Toms

Last week I posted about how during the Democratic National Convention’s Lesbian and Gay Caucus Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) laid it all out on the table and stated quite frankly in my opinion and may others the Log Cabin Republicans is bunch of “Uncle Tom’s” for backing the GOP, a party that despises the LGBT community.

Well that sent Gay Inc into a politically correct tizzy.  With GLAAD, The Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Human Rights Campaign releasing statements DEFENDING the Log Cabin Republicans including this little bon mot by the new and seemingly ineffectual President of the Human Rights Campaign, Chad Griffin The Log Cabin Republicans are good people doing good work.”  (Way NOT to go there Chad.  I see you are filling Solmonese’s overpaid shoes nicely)

To make a long story short the head of the LCR, R. Clark Cooper responded to Frank by saying in part:  “We understand that Barney has earned his protected place within the Democrat Party by being their attack dog on gay rights issues, demonizing Republicans …blah, blah, blah …..We expect this kind of bile from Barney, especially when it plays into the Obama campaign’s efforts to divide, distract and deceive the American people.”

Crickets from Gay Inc. of this of course.

Well yesterday Barney fired the next salvo.

The damaging aspect of the Log Cabin argument, to repeat the most important  point, is that they may mislead people who do not share their view that tax cuts  for the wealthy are more important than LGBT rights into thinking that they are  somehow helping the latter by supporting Mitt Romney and his Rick Santorum  platform. [snip]

The argument Mr. Cooper and the others in the Log Cabin Republicans have put  forward in their defense is that they have succeeded in getting the Republicans  to reduce the extent to which they denounce us, and, in Mr. Cooper’s phrase, the  fact that Paul Ryan is “willing to engage” with gay Republicans.  That is  where Uncle Tom comes to mind.  They are urging people to vote for the  anti-LGBT candidate over the most supportive LGBT candidate and platform  imaginable because the “antis” are calling us fewer names and are willing to  talk to some of us.  It is this willingness to acquiesce in a subordinate  status as long as the masters are kinder in tone, although in substance, that  emulates Uncle Tom. [snip]

Some have complained that in comparing the Log Cabin Republicans to Uncle Tom, I  was ignoring the fact that they are nice.  I accept the fact that many of  them are nice – so was Uncle Tom – but in both cases, they’ve been nice to the  wrong people.”

BAZINGA! +1000 points for Barney Frank. 

As for  GLAAD, The Gay and Lesbian Task Force , the Human Rights Campaign and other LGBt activists who  and others in the LGBT Community who think that being “politically correct” and rushing  to defend the Log Cabin Republicans, GOProud and other HomoCONS and will work with them regardless of the fact that whatever they say and do now on a specific LGBT issues that in the end  will STILL vote for the anti-gay GOP politicians who wants to stop us on our path to full equality and take what few rights we do have away.  I honestly say to you that you prove that “INTEGRITY” in the LGBT civil rights movement died in the 1980’s along side so many of our original LGBT activist heroes and you all should be ashamed.

*You can read all of Barney Franks recent statement by CLICKING HERE

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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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