KTVU: HRC & Milk Shop Upsets Gays;
David Stevenson, a reporter with KTVU, contacted me this morning about my criticism against the Human Rights Campaign leasing the Harvey Milk camera shop on Castro Street, and I urged him to get reactions from folks on the street. I also passed along contact info for Dan Nicoletta, who worked in Harvey's shop, and hope he reaches Dan.
David just called to let me know his story will air in the 5:00-6:00 PM news hour on KTVU. Let's hope the piece gets posted to their site, so folks beyond the Bay Area can watch it.
The more I've thought about HRC's move into the former Milk store, the more I've seen proof that they still just don't get it, in terms of why so many ordinary and famous gays are pissed off with them.
As I have long argued, it would kill the Democrats who happen to be gay and running HRC to hold regular town hall meetings, and in this instance, that lack of community engagement is kicking them in the butt. Crazy as it may sound, I honestly believe that if HRC had organized an open forum, say, at the Milk shop before signing off on the lease and plans to move, there wouldn't be so much anger directed at them.
However, because Joe Solmonese and his minions are terrified of actually debating their agenda and strategies in public meetings, they fell back this week on their usual divisive ways. They quietly struck a deal, either totally ignorant of or maybe unconcerned with how local gays would react, issued an announcement cloaking their elitist operations as supposedly inspired by Milk's genuine grassroots organizing. Feh.
This next part will shock many because I have something basically nice to say about Cleve Jones, longtime Milk associate. In a glaring omission, HRC's release contained no approving quote from Cleve, the main public keeper of the Harvey flame, and yes, they should have sought his ok, along with first lining up support from other Milk associates and gays outside the HRC-orbit.
Now, they have the Queen Bee royally upset and all over the news, speaking against HRC. Can't believe I'm writing this, but I'm actually looking forward to seeing Cleve slam HRC on KTVU later today.
As the controversy has enlarged and swirled this week, HRC has made no moves to dial back the heat and high volume. For a group that claims a grassroots gay leader who led with open door at his camera shop and easy-access to all in the community, HRC does a lousy job of emulating Harvey.
Typical HRC "we rule by decree, not collaboration" b.s. that gets them nowhere.
No public meetings have been announced by HRC, either at the shop, you know, as if they were really out to use the space to mobilize for anything other than selling trinkets, or at the gay community center.
Oh, what I would give to have this lease controversy be the straw that finally breaks the camel's back, forcing the gays to once and for all confront the sloth, arrogance and incompetency of HRC.