I’ve never been a big fan of Kerry Eleveld, but I could not agree more with this analysis, currently up over at Daily Kos:
A timeline of events was recounted in a Washington Post piece titled, “That anti-gay bill in Arkansas actually became law today. Why couldn’t activists stop it?” The implication, if not explicitly stated, was how could a movement with a $50-million-annual-budget organization like the Human Rights Campaign fail so miserably at blocking the bill? The answer came in an update at the end of the article:
An HRC spokesperson notes that the HRC’s Arkansas chapter was on record against SB 202 since it was introduced into the Arkansas legislature in early February.
In the mind’s eye of HRC, being “on record” against something is worthy of note—perhaps they even believe it qualifies as a campaign. It does not.
Here, an observation by the great philosopher George Costanza is worth remembering:
Sadly for the overpaid, underworked Gay, Inc.-ers there, HRC is not lying to lie detector machines; its lying to people – more and more (though not enough) of whom have stopped being willing to swallow what HRC is shoveling.
Eleveld is but one.
This was not simply a defeat on one bill in one state, but rather the failure to mount a national campaign that demonstrates what LGBT discrimination looks like to the American people. I wrote about the need for such a campaign repeatedly last year as a columnist for The Advocate, gently nudging our national organizations and HRC, in particular, to articulate such a vision in the wake of Arizona’s religious “freedom” bill, SB 1062, and then again after LGBT issues gained no visibility in the midterms. But subtlety has been useless. So here it is: HRC’s failure to leverage its considerable resources to come up with something more than an article aggrandizing itself in the New York Times is nothing short of pathetic.
But Rosa Parks, Jr. gets his annual half-mil…
so what really matters is not mussed.
A nest of young, cute, kool-aid-filled HRC trans employees get their paychecks in return for peddling the next variant of ‘HRC has changed’ – something that we all knew (yes, ultimately, we all did!) was a lie even before he left the stage at Southern Comfort last fall…
so what really matters is not touched.
[G]ay people can marry in far more states (37) than they can count on job security in if they, for instance, display a wedding picture on their desk. By my count, 17 of the states where same-sex marriage has been legalized also provide no nondiscrimination protections whatsoever for gay and transgender residents.
But even in the marriage equality states that do protect LGBT residents from discrimination, only about a handful of cases have cropped up where same-sex couples have sued someone for refusing them service. A Washington florist, a Colorado baker, and a New Mexico wedding photographer are the most prominent examples, and those cases have gotten plenty of play in the national media. In fact, anti-LGBT groups are presently doing a masterful job of turning the very few people who have been subject to some type of accountability for discriminating into sympathetic victims of pushy gays.
Yet somehow, the right is totally winning the messaging war here.
HRC has failed to mount a national campaign to publicize the multitude of ways in which gay and transgender Americans get cut of housing or fired from jobs or refused service or harassed[.]
Maybe instead of cozying up to religion, Gay, Inc. (and not just HRC) should have been fighting it more forcefully, eh?
Maybe instead of hiring a preacher as its first token trans woman employee, HRC should have hired one of the trans women attorneys who it helped to blacklist in the LGB(t) civil rights community, eh?
But, of course, that would require HRC to substantively atone for its sins and crimes instead of merely altering the tone of the same lies and the same self-serving, self-puffing narrative that in three-and-a-half decades has accomplished nothing other than lining the pockets of a gay con-artist elite.
No matter how much Rosa Parks, Jr., and all of his overpaid minions believe their own lies, they’re still lies.