Just how the hell did the American homosexual movement get to such a low point, where the collective gay groups in Washington still ain't delivering shit in 2010 and there is no viable alternative on the horizon? In case I have not made the point in my decades of kvetching against the Human Rights Campaign and Gay Inc, let me make one thing perfectly clear. We suck at affecting political change.
Except for when AIDS was cutting its wide swath, and no safe treatments were available, and our righteous fury was directed at radically forcing the federal government to meet our specific demands for drugs and trials, our national agenda has utterly failed to provide significant progress.
The plague years saw a blossoming of fierce and fabulous outsider activism and insider lobbying, and both gay and AIDS agendas were the better for it. But now, Gay Inc's chickens have come home to roost, and we are not going anywhere until we once and for all recognize the 800-pound gorilla in the room.
HRC is our biggest obstacle to not only lasting change, but also real advances beyond being able to see a partner, if he or she were in the hospital. That executive memo by Obama was nice, but akin to allowing blacks to sit at integrated lunch counters, while keeping them out of the polling station.
I cannot accept the argument of HRC is vital to the gay agenda. It is destroying the agenda, all for the executives and board members and the advances they're most interested in - their own careers.
Consider the following from Richard Grenell, a gay Republican blogger at HuffPo:
Solmonese, a seasoned Democratic Party activist who at first maneuvered for a political appointment in the Obama administration, couldn't even move Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who represents the gayest district in the country, to put DADT or gay marriage up for a standalone vote in the House.
He angled for a personal appointment. Gee, guess Joe wasn't pressing the president on the community's behalf, not when he wanted to work for the commander-in-chief. I don't imagine the HRC board, whose directors were also probably looking for gig with Barry O, had any problem with the executive director pushing his resume over to the West Wing.
The problem before us is not just that Joe must go, along with other executives, and the board too, or their shameful attempt to cloak themselves in Harvey Milk's activist grassroots legacy, or HRC's happy homo lapdog routine for the Democratic National Committee.
It is in HRC's genetic code to FAIL. Expect nothing for the gays until the organization is dissolved.