In a recent two-part interview with the pro- Human Rights Campaign newspaper The Washington Blade, HRC President Chad Hunter Griffin came out of his $500,000.00 a year ivory tower to talk about HRC’s and his vision for future of LGBT movement, Which apparently has little integrity and a whole lot of nothing.
Stating that 2016 would be a pivotal year for LGBT rights. When asked about the action on LGBT rights this year is the end to the medical regulation prohibiting openly transgender service in the U.S. military. Griffin responded that he hasn’t seen any version of the report being prepared by the working group, but maintained the Human Rights Campaign remains in contact with the Defense Department on the issue.
Griffin also defended GOP dark money philanthropist Paul Singer who, despite donating large amounts of money to the Human Rights Campaign, has endorsed Republican rabidly anti-gay presidential candidate Marco Rubio.
Singer in 2013 donated $250,000 to Americans for Workplace Opportunity, a coalition group founded by Griffin that sought to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which failed miserably and had a huge religious exemption. The same year, the Paul E. Singer Foundation teamed up with the Daniel S. Loeb Family Foundation to award the Human Rights Campaign Foundation major grants over three years to support LGBT rights at an international level.
Asked whether Singer’s endorsement will affect his relationship with the Human Rights Campaign, Griffin said, “It is not my job to police individual donors around the country. Everyone has the right to support whom they choose.”
In 2013 HRC honored Goldman Sachs with its 2011 Workplace Equality Innovation Award the same year that GOP Presidential candidate Ted Cruz received half-a-million dollars from Goldman Sachs to run for Congress.
You can read the whole Washington Blade HRC-washed article here at the Washington Blade.
Related Reading: The Human Rights Campaign and Paul Singer: Dancing With The Devil In The Pale Moonlight
Tonight while the the Human Rights Campaign is holding its $650 a plate NYC Gala at the Waldorf Astoria honoring Anna Winitour (why?) and Goldman Sachs, the investment bank who deceived investors and Congress about its bets against the subprime mortgage market and helped plunge this nation into its current financial crisis, QUEER RISING and other LGBT Activist and Advocates sick of HRC’s pretentious bullshit and lackluster rush to LGBT equality will be protesting outside.
Tonight on the sidewalk outside of the prestigious hotel at 50th Street & Park Avenue from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Queer/LGBTIQA2Z Occupy Wall Street a caucus of the NYC based Occupy Wall Street movement,, Queer Rising, and other angry LGBT advocates and activists will be protesting and holding a a “Guerrilla Potluck”.
The protest is to condemn HRC’s decision to honor Goldman Sachs in a time of financial collapse caused by their unethical business practices and greed. “HRC honoring Goldman Sachs at this time reveals all one needs to know about the corporate LGBT lobby, and its disconnect from the LGBT people it purports to represent.” The protest is also aimed at trying to get HRC to pledge that they will work toward full LGBT equality by 2014, the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. And that HRC demonstrate more internal transparency and work more with grassroots organizations.
The right to be protected from discrimination secures a core liberty interest. And it is the duty of government to protect LGBT Americans from the harm caused by discrimination as a matter of public welfare, law and conscience, as it has for decades for all other oppressed groups.
As HRC restrains the demand for equality, discrimination takes its insidious toll on LGBT Americans
The Queer Caucus demands equal non-discrimination protections under the 1964 Civil Rights Act because equality is the only true antidote to LGBT abuse – like it has proven to be for race, sex, national origin, religion, age and disability – long protected from discrimination by law.
“Equality and non-discrimination are universal values that define basic human dignity” said Todd (Tif) Fernandez, a human rights lawyer and grassroots activist. “It is our civic duty as Americans to protect and respect the LGBT community immediately.”
Join the Guerrilla Potluck (http://on.fb.me/GuerrillaPotluck). Bring flashlights.
Watch Potluck on Live-Stream Saturday: http://www.livestream.com/occupello
Please Take the Pledge for Full LGBT Equality (by 2014) (http://bit.ly/the2014pledge).