“Harvey Milk spent the last years of his life fighting not only for rights for gays and lesbians across the nation, but also against the idea that the only way to achieve those rights is to lobby the government and financially support so-called ‘straight allies’. Harvey believed the best way to secure our rights was through grassroots action, coalition building and the election of LGBT people to office at all levels of government. He encouraged people to come out of the closet and be vocal about who they were and why they deserved full equality, not partial equality or crumbs. For the HRC leadership, which still advocates a piecemeal, wait-and-see approach to try and co-opt and profit from Harvey’s legacy is an outrage.” – Dustin Lance Black lambasting the Human Rights Campaign for planning to move in and have a gift shop at the late San Francisco activist’s Castro street camera shop
Never one to pass up a quick buck today the HRC hit a new low by offering for sale a purple plastic “HRC.ORG End Bullying” bracelet that has 100 percent of the proceeds going to……you guessed it the HRC’s fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality and the HRC ALONE.
NO PROCEEDS to the Trevor Project or even to a related anti-bullying campaign. But 100 PERCENT of the proceeds to the HRC.
So send your money to the HRC and receive a nifty bracelet and help support thie\\eir 8 Million dollar headquarters, or Joe Solmonese’s or Fred Sainz’s obscenely bloated salaries. Or send your money to actual worthwhile LGBT Bullying and Suicide prevention agencies that REALLY NEED THE MONEY. Like The Trevor Project and the The JED Foundation,
As for HRC you are DISGUSTING and should be ASHAMED of yourself. Words just fail me to describe just how horrible and ghoulish it is that you are trying to make money off bullied and dead LGBT teens.
Many thanks to Mike Petrelis of The Petrelis Files for reporting on this disgusting move by the HRC.
Many of us have decided to close the “gAyTM” to the Democratic National Comittee and other various Democratic PAC’s including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and instead focus our gay money to specific gay political organizations and LGBT friendly candidates. But as Mike Petrelis of the Petrelis Files has uncovered , obviously Joe Solmonese and the Human Rights Campaign didn’t get our memo’s (or emails) or are just blatantly ignoring them.
Petrelis has uncovered that so far in 2010 HRC has donated $72,000 to Democratic PACs, and $1,000 to a GOP PAC, that of Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and the.HRC gave $20,000 to the DNC’s Congressional Campaign Committee, and $15,000 to the DNC’s Senatorial Campaign Committee and thats just the tip of it. According to Petrelis this is the HRC breakdown for donations to federal candidates:
Total to Democrats: $392,320
Total to Republicans: $14,838
Total to Democrats: $62,499
Total to Republicans: $2,000
Sub-total for amount given to Congressional incumbents and challengers comes to $454,819, add that to the $72,000 in PAC-to-PAC donations, and the figure for what HRC has given to the Democrats so far this year comes to $526,819.
The HRC even gave REPUBLICANS – $16,838!
Haven’t we been screwed enough? The HRC is America’s richest and largest professional gay advocacy org and still they give OUR DONATIONS, OUR MONEY to blanket Democratic Organizations that that divide funds to Democratic candidates because they are Democrats and NOT for the fact that they are for LGBT Rights. And we have all seen that the Democrast can not get thier House in order to pass even the simplest LGBT equal rights laws and protections because there are still so many anti-gay Democrats so why in the the world would HRC donate your hard earned gay dollars to them instead of specifically donating money to ‘specific” candidates and PAC’s that are involved in the advancement of LGBT Rights? Just how spineless, retarded and scared are they at losing their place at cocktail paries and at Presidential Photo-Ops.
I’ve said it befor and I’ll say it again. The HRC MUST GO! Now more than ever not only is the HRC doing nothing to help us except drawing big paychecks and having parties they are actually doing us harm by not playing hardball and affecting a new political strategy and using the same old tired one that is leading us down the slow and what will be an endless road to equlity if they continue such blanket political support.
Right now not only goes the gAyTM need to be closed to certain Democratic Organizations and instead our money be funneled to LGBT supportive ones now its become obvious that HRC needs to be boycotted also. It has become more than obvious at this point that they have absolutely no sense of urgency of concern for the “non-elite” LGBT American and only care about their own asses and reputation.
BOYCOTT THE HRC! And donate ONLY to specific LGBT friendly candidates and political organizations. Our rights depend on it.