NGLTF's Rea Carey Must Resign
My blogging pal Will Kohl over at Back2Stonewall wrote quite an angry essay yesterday, so full of piss and vinegar I heard echoes of my criticisms against Gay Inc and NGLTF. This org escapes scrutiny because so many of us are focused with its bigger, more wealthy, more inept sibling the Human Rights Campaign. NGLTF should be put under the community watchdogs' magnifying glass. And Carey should be on an unemployment office line, waiting for her number to be called.
Other than the neutralizing annual Creating Change (ka-ching) gab-fest, occasionally send out releases and attend receptions and movie nights at the Obama White House, what do NGLTF and Carey do for the movement? (Cue the chirping crickets.)
Before we get to Will's piece, lemme point out the the oh-so-NOT-progressive NGLTF is lousy with fiscal transparency. Their About Us page shares no IRS 990 filings and not a single annual report. At least the crappier HRC, after my public berating, now makes available its latest 990s. Carey might follow HRC's example on this.
The image above is from NGLTF's latest IRS 990, which I pried loose from them in May, and it shows that Carey earned $217,000 last year. What a waste of good gay dollars.
I am cross-posting Will's essay with his permission and praise him for doing his part to hold Carey accountable:
This was forwarded today from Rea Carey of the Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force about last nights mid-election results. You remember Rea and the NGLTF. They hold those nifty conferences to raise money that do jackshit and Rea visits the White House and also has "movie nights" with the President in the name of advancing LGBT Rights, and issues press release while collecting a nice paycheck but in reality does ABSOLUTELY FUCKING NOTHING!
Here's what Rea has to say about last night:
"We'll cut to the chase: The shift in the balance of power will very likely slow advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights legislation in Congress. Does this mean a blockade on LGBT rights? Not if we can help it. [...]
"No matter what the political breakdown is in Washington, the Task Force will continue to identify and work with all fair-minded members of Congress who are willing to support and defend equality for LGBT people. Through our New Beginning Initiative, we will continue to push for the administration and its agencies to make tangible changes that benefit lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and our families — changes that can be done without Congress. [...]"
Oh blah, blah, blah, fucking blah.
I would REALLY like to know what tangible changes can be done without Congress? I'd also like to know what, if anything the NLGTF and Rea Carey have substantially done? I mean reallywhat can they claim that REALLY made a difference in our lives.. They exist? They hold conferences, banquets, and represent us. But WHAT THE FUCK have you done other than bow to the DNC and applaud and be grateful for crumbs?!
Now you all may wonder where this anger comes from? Well I'll tell you. For the past two years Rea and NGLTF, Joe Solmonese, and HRC, and others have wasted and squandered what little time that we had to get LGBT rights initiatives pushed and THEY WASTED IT. They swilled cocktails, hung out at the White House and were nothing more then lemmings to the DNC. Time after time countless people, LGBT bloggers, and political reporters warned them that the window was small and they didn't push. And now. NOW after last nights elections, when we have to face that the reality is unless the DADT repeal gets passed in the lame duck session we can look at very little to no LGBT rights advances over the past few years. This BITCH has the nerve to send out a Press Release touting the Task Force and what it can do when it didn't do anything when it had an actual chance?
If Rea Carey and Joe Solmonese had any decency or any conscience for what they cost the LGBT community over the opportunity they wasted over the past two years they would resign. That's the Press release we need to see from you Rea. Your resignation. Because yes the Democrats lost a lot of power last night. But after the past few years it's become clear that we've never had any thanks to you and Gay Inc being so inept.
It's time for you all to go and resign in the shame that you should for the wasted time, broken promises, and just plain bullshit you shovel. The LGBT Community would be much better off with new leaders to take your place.
I wish Will hadn't called Carey a bitch, but it how he feels about her, and as deplorable as name-calling is, this entire piece by Will should be a wake-up to NGLTF and the rest of us: No More Gay Inc Business as Usual!