Tuesday, February 16, 2010

TBP--Pressure HRC: Demand leadership from Obama

Today I'm helping out with a huge blog swarm to put pressure on the Human Rights Campaign to use its status in DC to keep the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" repeal front and center on the Hill--to prevent this momentum from being squandered. We are hearing that the lawmakers are looking to turn this into a huge, long, drawn-out multi-year process. Let's be blunt. We could lose Congress in November. We can't wait until after the election. We can't wait until its politically expedient. We need this now. Let's end this institutionalized homophobia and discrimination.

My latest Bilerico Post: "Pressure HRC: Demand leadership from Obama":
"When I blog about federal bills, I'm usually talking about ENDA - I still think this is our number one priority on the Hill - but there's another big priority that we need to move on now. We need a full repeal of the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military. 4010407179_83b9a3a781.jpgMy views on our current aggressive and misguided wars aside, the ban on gays serving openly in our military is one of the most disgusting and obvious examples of institutionalized homophobia we have in America. Its a symbol of everything wrong in our society when it comes to acceptance of gays and lesbians. We must have a full repeal this year.

Any effort to repeal it is about to get swept under the rug, unless HRC, our largest organization, steps up and demands the White House to take some leadership.

Unlike many of my fellow bloggers, I don't go after HRC very often. I'll be the first to say HRC has made some dumb-ass moves in the past, but I find it quite lazy to make them out to be monsters, the way most of the gay bloggosphere tends to do.

I have a confession to make. I'm a member of HRC. Not only am I a member, I sat on the Michigan Steering Committee for nearly five years. I was Membership and Community Events chair. I signed up thousands of new HRC members during my time. I still have a box of stickers in my closet. Oh, me and HRC are like *this.* Sometimes..."

You want to find out about what you can do to help make a loud noise for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell?" Read on: "Pressure HRC: Demand leadership from Obama."


therealpatrick said...

I just wanted to let you know how proud I am of you for helping put an incredible amount of pressure on HRC to stand up for our rights. I know that there are those who question the strategy, but I believe that it is working.

Keep fighting.

Ameriqueer said...

Awe! You're amazing, Patrick!