It's been an eternity since the Iowa caucuses ended and the political world shifted attention to the primary in New Hampshire. Okay, two days isn't really that long in the real world, but in the race for president two days equals a zillion news cycles.
6. Is HRC engaged in or supporting general get-out-the-vote activities in NH?
Read about our work for equality in Iowa and New Hampshire on HRC’s blog, HRC Back Story.
UPDATE, January 6:
If Solmonese and HRC can't adequately engage NH voters, candidates and hordes of reporters up there, can they at least update their blog about gay-related aspects other people are doing there this weekend?
Notes from the Trans Leadership meeting with HRC Joe Joe Solmonese 1/5/08 San Francisco(I wrote this yesterday, as a letter to my ftm group)
I am just returned from the meeting the HRC called with San Francisco trans community leaders. I am very grateful to Cecelia Chung of the Transgender Law Center for bringing me in. Yea for south bay representation. :-) (I feel like I say that a lot in all of my
communities ;-) )
There were about 50 San Francisco area transgender leaders present, in addition to a few people from HRC. [...]Initially, Joe spoke. Joe started off with a two pronged apology, one part being about poor communication at the height of the ENDA strategy conversion, and the other part about acknowledging they caused a lot of pain by the course they chose. He then spent some time explaining the legislative process in DC.
He also said that he did not expect to change any minds by the discussion today, though discussion was important; he knew that actions had gotten the community into the state it is in, and it will be actions that will get it out. [...]I am not terribly optimistic that Joe took anything new 'in' at this meeting. I do believe he and the HRC are doing what they understand to be best.
Throughout the entire thing, Joe was very noncommittal, unlikely to answer things directly, entirely lacking in passion. I will say however that his very polished presentation is no doubt precisely what is needed on capitol hill. However, it's pretty terrible when speaking within the community. The lobbyist was a lot more 'real' feeling. [...]