'Who is We? Too Young to Be Tired'
One of the least inspiring and non-engaging gay speakers ever, Joe Solmonese, head of the Human Rights Campaign, is profiled in what I believe are newly-posted vids on YouTube from a talk he gave in June 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Because the number of views is so low for this first part of a 6-part series, as are the view for all parts, I don't sense that the vids have been up for very long.
Even though I find him lacking in passion and charisma, I listened to Solmonese and tried to gain insight into how he thinks and operates, as the nation's top professional gay lobbyist.
At about the 6 minute mark of this vid, Solmonese beautifully illustrates why I think he is such a disastrous gay leader. He is talking about meeting a younger gay man, one who is upset about the Prop 8 vote being upheld last spring by the California Supreme Court, he tells Solmonese that he and his contemporaries are tired of waiting for equality.
Instead of accepting what the young man is saying, Solmonese asked himself, "Who's we?" What our Dear Leader is doing is dismissing the man who simply wants what he's promised: equality. He goes on to joke about waiting for the young man, implying sexual attraction, and in the process devaluing the legitimate anger of the young man.
To really make sure we get his contempt for the anger expressed by that man, and a whole lot of other gay people of varying ages, Solmonese makes a crack about the fellow being too young to be tired. And the ignorant folks in the audience laugh loudly, as if the best approach to advancing gay equality and liberation is to get all queeny and camp about the anger of young gays.
Get to the 6 minute mark and give a listen to HRC's leader show his true colors:
Is this joker really the best and the brightest person in the vast gay American community, worthy of leading a great and diverse constituency?
Those remarks were made in June 2009, and as the year progressed and HRC had to deal with the hundreds of thousands of angry gay activists who descended on Washington, DC, in October, who came to town because like the youth Solmonese used to make a few funny points, they are tired of waiting for politicians and gay professional lobbyists to deliver on their promises.
HRC just doesn't get how large parts of the community are way tired, regardless of age, of being told to wait wait wait. If you have the strength to listen to more of Solmonese drone on before the Cleveland audience, click here for the other 5 parts of his speech.