I don’t know anyone who got rich being a gay activist
– John Aravosis, on July 25, 2013, saying that he’s “had just about enough of the term ‘elite gays'”

Apparently, The John doesn’t know anyone at HRC:

Another year, another posting of the Human Rights Campaign’s annual 990′s to the IRS in which it discloses its obscene salaries for the non-profits  top employee’s.


1) Chad Griffin, executive director started on June 11, 2012, base salary of $250,000, including a $20,000 incentive bonus, with an additional $50,000 bonus for an unstated reason, and $40,100 gross-up payment, for a total of $360,100.

2) Joe Solmonese, executive director through June 29, 2012, base salary of $238,300 plus $39,000 gross-up payment for a total of $277,300.

3) James Rinefierd, treasurer, base salary of $211,500 plus $64,000 gross-up payment for a total of $275,500.

4) Cathy Nelson, assistant vice president: $275,000.

5) Susanne Salkind, vice president, base salary of $212,700 plus $60,000 gross-up payment for a total of $272,700.

6) David M. Smith, vice president of programs: $250,300.

7) Fred Sainz, vice president of communications: $228,000.

8) Robert Falk, secretary, base salary of $166,500 plus $50,000 gross-up payment for a total of $216,500.

9) Allison Herwitt, legislative director: $197,500.

10) Ann Crowley, membership director: $175,000.

11) Martin Rouse, national field director: $173,500.

12) Christopher Speron, development director: $172,000.

Read it and shake your head with disgust and weep. All that money and STILL they have unpaid interns.

THIS is where your donation dollars go.


And not a penny of it taken home by a trans person.

Elite gays exist are destroying the movement by immorally enriching themselves while ensuring that no trans women are ever able to earn a living doing actual, relevant work (that most – even with ample advocacy and/or lawyering experience, would be willing to do for 1/4 or even less of the lowest of those disgusting salaries) within Gay, Inc.

There, I said it.


  1. Because those of use not in the 1% may not be aware of the phrase – a gross up means that unlike you saps – their salaries are reimbursed yet again for taxes and other deductions. For two reasons –

    1. Paying taxes is for suckers.
    2. It makes the salaries look smaller in the press

    An incentive bonus for a new employee…and an unspecified bonus? Jeez – there must be a very happy, very rich old man out there somewhere.

    But, yes. the Williams Inst numbers would seem to indicate trans people are about 9% of the lgbt community. We have 0% of the jobs at HRC. First question from a Republican Sen to Allison Herwit – so how many of these transgender people do you all employ? Are you one of them? Well are you gay? So – your group will hire a straight woman before one of them? And you want to lecture us? Honey – that dawg won’t hunt,

    gross up

    DefinitionEdit DefinitionSave to FavoritesSee Examples
    To increase a net amount to include deductions, such as taxes, that would be incurred by the receiver.
    This term is most frequently used in terms of salary; an employee can receive their salary grossed up, which means that they would receive the full salary promised to them, without deductions for tax.

  2. […] We shouldn’t know anything about him but, of course, we do know plenty about him – including his obscenely large salary. […]

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