HRC’s Chad Griffin Finally Responds (Sort Of) To Jo Becker’s Book “Forcing The Spring”

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of 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. April 25, 2014

    […] Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality, a book by Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Jo Becker, has caused quite the stir around the blogosphere recently. Though Becker claims her goal was to tell the story of Proposition 8 and the fight to overturn the California  constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage, she has been criticized by many influential bloggers for what appear to be grave historical inaccuracies, and for relegating to the dustbin of history many influential names in the gay rights movement. Andrew Sullivan, Editor of the popular independent blogazine The Dish, called it “a distorted and ahistorical and polemical attack on the architects of the marriage equality movement.” Nathaniel Frank, a Slate contributor and visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, notes that the book completely glosses over the contributions of Edie Windsor and Roberta Kaplan to the movement, calling Becker’s selective portrayal of the movement “wretched history.” And blogger and radio host Dan Savage, ever succinct in his explanations, went so far as to coin a new word to describe Becker’s thesis: “Bullshitwashing.” And that’s just the beginning; there are plenty of others. […]

  2. May 28, 2015

    […] certain agendas’ s. Take for example Sylvia Rivera throwing the “first heel” at Stonewall.  Chad Hunter Griffin from HRC being hailed as the “Rosa Parks” of same-sex marriage. And now Philadelphia’s LGBT […]

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