Human Rights Campaign fights for LGBT equality in Mississippi alongside state and local groups and lawmakers. In an unprecedented effort to bring equality to Mississippi, HRC has just announced Project One America [...]
Guess what their page says for the Natural State:
Human Rights Campaign fights for LGBT equality in Arkansas alongside state and local groups and lawmakers. In an unprecedented effort to bring equality to Arkansas, HRC has announced Project One America [...]
If anyone knows precisely what HRC will actually do at the state level that is tailored specifically to each state, heck, how about a road map for the entire project, please clue me in. Details are seriously lacking from the group.
There is a professionally produced video component to the program and I heartily give HRC credit for its diverse racial mix of folks featured, there are hefty and slender LGBT people, and the optimism of the speakers is beautiful to experience.
However, not one person's surname is included. Everyone is identified only by the first name. There are no images of LGBT Southerners engaged in displays of affection. No smooching or kissing even among the long-term lesbian couples, even in their own homes or on their front porches.
Why are the surnames omitted and why couldn't HRC include people warmly embracing each other?
Let's now turn to a Southerner with a last name offering insight about HRC's program. Michael Hansen is a gay male leader and recently launched the One Alabama site and he sheds much light on a few issues in an open letter Chad Griffin, whom Jo Becker deigned as the gay Rosa Parks in her "Forcing the Spring" book. Hansen opines:
I recently served on the board of the statewide organization Equality Alabama for a year. I resigned in March due to irreconcilable differences between myself and the [all white male] executive officers on issues of race, gender, poverty, privilege and perception. [...] I became distraught this year, when it was clear the organization’s newly elected executive officers weren’t receptive to debate and conversation about power, privilege and diversity (in both leadership and programs).
[I hope] your staff will focus on grassroots organizing and storytelling, and not on exclusive fundraisers, galas and other events that will alienate the great many Alabamians who are transgender, low-income, minorities, immigrants and queer.