EQCA Omits Gay Teens
Testifying at Education Hearing
How far will Equality California go to not promote a hearing today in Sacramento before the Senate Judiciary Committee on SB 48, Mark Leno's gay education bill? Recall that EQCA said nothing about the March 23 meeting of the committee on education, and has made no discernible effort to inform and mobilize the gays regarding the hearings.
A joint release yesterday from the Gay Straight Alliance Network and EQCA shows the lengths the former will go to not mention today's hearing. Notice the third paragraph about gay teens speaking before the committee in the GSAN version, click to enlarge:
EQCA version above, click to enlarge, erases the one-sentence about today's hearing. What reasons could EQCA possibly have for deleting a reference about gay youths presenting testimony and personal history to the judiciary committee today in Sacramento? I would think EQCA leaders would welcome the involvement at the state-level of the youths in our government.
Speaking of gay youths, both versions of the release include gushing quotes from Leno and EQCA's temporary director Jim Carroll about the youths.
Leno said: "I am inspired by the passion and resolve that these students have brought to Sacramento with their unified goal to make California a safer place for all young people." From Carroll: "We are proud of the fearless and committed youth who are sharing their stories today."
Too bad that inspiration and pride wasn't enough to make Leno and Carroll include a single quote from any gay youth. If SB 48 and the recent gay youth lobbying trip are all about the teens, I want press releases from Gay Inc to include quotes from the youths themselves, and not just adult Democratic gay executive directors and politicians.
In other SB 48 news, the Traditional Values Coalition today issued its second alert in less than a week to try and stop the bill:
There is no comparable alert at the EQCA site. This latest example of EQCA's inability and unwillingness to inform, engage and mobilize California's large and fabulous LGBT community illustrates how the No on Prop 8 debacle led by EQCA has in no way altered the group's approach to organizing.