Criticism of No on 8 = 'Horizontal Violence'
The much-deserved troubles for the gay leadership circle that brought about the Prop 8 blunder are not cooling off, and a fantastic new blog posting from the LA Weekly's Patrick Range McDonald brings needed attention to the machinations of an A-list lesbian, hell-bent on preserving the shredded reputation of Lorri Jean.
From the LA Weekly:
If you read Osborn's piece, it makes you wonder why Rose Greene, a member of the board of directors at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, continues to demand that critics of the campaign cease and desist, and instead focus on the future. Greene, who must work closely with L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center CEO and "No on 8" executive committee member Lorri Jean, is now essentially telling Osborn that she, too, should shut up.
Greene popped up on the "No on 8" apologists circuit last week, when she wrote a comment to a post I wrote titled "No on 8" Leadership on the Hot Seat. At the time, Greene failed to disclose her working relationship with the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, so I wrote my own comment to fill in the public.
Greene wrote another comment on the blog of Michael Petrelis, who's been sharply critical of Lorri Jean and other "No on 8" leaders. This time, Greene wrote about her affiliation with the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and actually described any criticisms of the "No on 8" campaign as "horizontal violence."
This intrigue is not some petty thing. It shows, at the very least, that certain A-list gays and lesbians appear to be in deep denial about the role of the "No on 8" campaign in its own defeat, which is also a defeat for every gay and lesbian in California and across the United States ...
Greene's active role in diverting attention away from getting to the bottom of the Proposition 8 loss, which could prevent future debacles, may also show how "No on 8" leaders and their friends in the gay establishment want to shield themselves from criticism, and the political fall out that may come with it.
Once again, it makes a thinking person wonder: Are "No on 8" leaders undertaking some kind of cover up? If so, why? In the coming weeks, those questions may or may not be answered--it depends if more people like Osborn, young gays and lesbians, and others continue to call for accountability on the part of the "No on 8" campaign.
It's been a month since Prop 8 went down like a size-queen hitting her knees for big meat, and we've yet to see a single town hall forum in either southern or northern California with the A-list gays who ran the No on 8 campaign, that allowed the community to vent pent up anger at the leaders who betrayed us.
Since their plans crashed so horribly on November 4, the self-appointed control queens of the CA movement haven't made themselves to face the wrath of the community they purport to be leading.
Instead of facing their critics, the likes of Lorri Jean, Kate Kendell and Geoff Kors, who really should start a firm - Dewey, Cheatam and Howe - they're now unleashing other A-list professionals to attempt a tamping down of the questions and anger.
Just like the massive failure of this A-list crew to beat Prop 8, they cannot stop the accountability, and hopeful head-rolling, that is coming.