Recent leadership gaffes in California have reminded me of the challenge of leadership in general--specifically LGBT leadership. What is it about our movement that seduces us to keep picking leaders that we are inevitably unhappy with?
In her July 28, Bilerico posting "Repeal Prop 8 Leadership Summit: The Expert Point of View" Karen Ocamb says about the leadership uneasiness in the California gay community, "The rivers could part and a charismatic general who meets everyone's leadership criteria could emerge carrying unlimited funds and access to the latest technology and voter data bases - and still we'd fight and hurl nasty invective at our LGBT enemy in public - and do it with a self-satisfied sneer."
I'm not taking a position on either 2010 or 2012, but on our conspicuously questionable commanders. Leadership is not easy, especially in our community, and I've been on both sides of the rotten tomatoes. Our community, however, is acutely sensitive to inadequacies because of our seeming lack of traction in the past four decades. Though many local laws have been attuned in our favor, and though public opinion swings our way, overall we're still stuck in 1969.
TOAST TO KAREN OCAMB, A FABULOUS WRITER AND LEADER, AND TO ALL LGBT LEADERS WHO HAVE TO PUT UP WITH NIT-PICKERS LIKE ME—I LOVE YOU AND HOPE YOU KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO!