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African American & Latino Groups Unite With LGBT Groups To Restore Voting Rights After Supreme Court Ruling


Many people are worried about their right to vote after the Supreme Court’s decision to dissolve stipulations  of the Voting Right Act (VRA) that racial/ethnic minorities could not be discriminated against while voting. Members from the NAACP, Gays and Lesbians Task Force and others involved with immigration are now working together on an initiative to restore this injustice that has far reaching implications. Here’s more:

A broad cross section of social justice organizations — from environmentalists to immigrant reform-focused — came together last week to announce a concerted fight to restore voting rights lost when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a key provision of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional last week. Among the groups assembled for the “tele-townhall” conference call were the NAACP, the environmental groups Sierra Club and Greenpeace, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, NCLR, Voto Latino and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, all of which were represented by their leading directors pledging pro-active fights against voter suppression efforts. 

Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said that his organization’s 2.1 million members “are ready to fight” to preserve voting rights in America by “knocking on doors, making phone calls and lobbying Congress.” Brune said that the same people the Sierra Club is fighting for attacking clean energy and climate change protection laws are the same people who are trying to restrict voting. 

“We know that to protect our environment we must protect our democracy,” said Brune. 

Well before the Supreme Court decision, the Sierra Club joined forces with the NAACP for what’s called the “Democracy Initiative,” a coalition dedicated to defending progressive election reform initiatives and protecting the right to vote.


National Gay and Lesbian Task Force executive director Rea Carey said the SCOTUS decision on DOMA was sweet but, “The sweetness does not erase the bitterness.”

“Those who seek to deny any of our votes seek to deny all of our votes,” said Carey. “I do have hope and we can’t stand for this, the LGBT community will not stand for this.”

Finally organizations are banding together because they see the far reaching implications the VRA decision could not only have on African American voters and Latinos, but also to the LGBT community. As I have written about over the past few weeks it is time for us to be united more than ever. This imbalance seems to loom over the marginalized groups in the country.

But imagine how much could be done if we actually sought out common ground with each other. If we collectively spent time uniting under one cause, equality. My intersectionality of my race and sexual orientation has been a blessing in that I can see the strengths these groups share. We would have better rules in place to protect our rights. We would no longer have to tiptoe around when we are seeking out equal rights.

But how do we do this? How do we go about encouraging this union without it disintegrating? Those are the areas we need to address so we can see more unity and become the real movement for equality.

In The Battle For Gay Marriage In New York Whats The HRC and The Task Force Doing? NOT MUCH!

I for one have never really gotten behind the whole “state by state” battle for gay marriage and personally would have preferred a more federal courts movement from the beginning.  (Mostly because State by State will take FOREVER and lets face it, at this rate by the time the majority of States get on board most of us will be long gone.  But that’s the strategy that has been laid out by “Gay Inc”.  State by Sate until enough States adopt gay marriage and the rest will follow. (UGH!)  So while I don’t agree with it I do believe that if you are to battle this way you MUST FIGHT TO WIN.  Because if you don’t and we can’t succeed on a smaller scale it makes our movement look weak and one that has little backing.  And if we can;t win the States how will we NEVER be able to topple DOMA through Congress.

So hear we are.  Gay marriage in California has been hung up for years now and Iowa is in danger of losing it.  But one of the biggest battles we have right now is the State of New York, which you would think would be a slam dunk, except for the fact that State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., the Senate’s most vociferous opponent of marriage equality, has gathered a coalition of anti-gay lawmakers and groups such as the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) which is pumping MILLIONS of dollars in cash, print ads, and commercials to rally bigots not only in New York but across the country to stand against gay marriage in New York.

So whats the LGBT Communities two biggest National Gay Advocacy Groups doing to help battle Diaz, NOM, and the other anti-gay groups who are fighting against marriage equality in New York State?


The Human Rights Campaign homepage states:

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans……… HRC works to secure equal rights for LGBT individuals and families at the federal and state levels by lobbying elected officials, mobilizing grassroots supporters, educating Americans, investing strategically to elect fair-minded officials and partnering with other LGBT organizations.

To be fair, HRC has “partnered” New Yorkers United for Marriage – the umbrella group HRC and several LGBT organizations launched to win marriage equality including the  Empire State Pride Agenda, Freedom to Marry, Human Rights Campaign, Log Cabin Republicans and Marriage Equality New York and have made a commercial and ad featuring a lesbian couple from NewYork (lesbians are less offensive it seems)who, after 29 years together, are fighting for the right to legally say “I do.”  and they do have their Celebrity “New Yorkers For Marriage Equality Campaign”  but do they really think that Fran Dreiscger, Julianne Moore, and Ethan Hawke saying that they believe in marriage equality can battle the lies and the use of hate and fear that Ruben Diaz and NOM uses?  Is this really the BEST that the HRC,  which rakes in well over 25 Million dollars a year in donations can do?  A few celebrity commercials, NO print ads, NO public responses to the blatant and hateful lies of anti-gay marriage groups, and  NO FIGHT?  Is this what we should expect from the United States’ largest LGBT advocacy group that claims more than 750,000 members and supporters?  Oh but never fear fellow second class citizens the HRC  are selling T-Shirts for $27.00 a pop to raise money for themselves (NOT specifivally for the NY Marriage Equality Campaign) and will be having an HRC Scavenger Hunt and  throwing a fabulous Mission: Marriage Equality New York After Party on May 21st.

And what of “The Task Force”? (aka. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force) What the hell is their TASK?  Go to their website and you will find not one thing about the gay marriage battle that’s being fought in New York.  “The Task Force” says that one of their goals “is to build a diverse pool of skilled leaders and activists” but how can they do that when they are not activists and leaders themselves?  (Although I am sure that Rea Carey has no problem leading herself to the bank yo receive her $217,582.00 a year salary.)

These are our tow biggest National LGBT Organizations and this is what they do. Is it a wonder we are getting nowhere fast and our fight is so hard?

Until Gay Inc. climbs down off its money grubbing, corporate high horse and gets into the trenches and starts to fight.  I mean REALLY FIGHT for our Equality we basically are screwed.

They should be ashamed of themselves and we should be ashamed of ourselves for enabling them to have become like this.

While Gay Marriage Crashed And Burned In Maine Our Gay Inc. Leaders Where On A Movie Date With Barack Obama

Last November when Barack Obama chose instead of lobbying his millions of supporters to help keep Maine’s gay marriage law alive, he was asking everyone to support New Jersey’s (since un-elected) Gov. Jon Corzine’s campaign. But now we find out that two days later, who was he inviting over for a movie date? Rea Carey, the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and her partner Margaret Conway. Maybe this is a Gay Inc. leader’s reward for not once lobbying your own supporters to try to get the White House involved in Maine’s marriage battle, and not even mentioning the president’s name in your day-after-the-loss press release about how gay Mainers could’ve benefited from an Obama assist.

Every day it becomes clearer and clearer that there is a huge disconnect between the politically affiliated gays and the rest of us on the street and that Rea Carey of the NGLTF, Joe Solmonese of HRC and the rest of Gay Inc. have NO incentive to make actual progress. And that their true incentive is to continue the “struggle” so they can continue to receive their salaries and expense accounts


Thanks to Michael Petrelis of The Petrelis Files