They are meeting. Quietly, without fanfare, roughly three dozen GLBT organizations have gathered in Washington D.C. to discuss the policies and strategies involved in advancing GLBT rights. Though they're not telling, the head of the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce, Matt Foreman, has recently released press materials that should give us all an inkling of their direction.
Let's see here…Iraq is a disaster and the treasury is hemorrhaging red ink to pay for it. Gas prices are soaring. New Orleans remains a shell. Osama taunts us on videotape. Iran's going nuclear. Seven in 10 think the country's heading in the wrong direction. What do you do when you're in power and there's an election just around the corner? You trot out some old diversionary workhorse scapegoats once again.
Like the HRC, The Taskforce does not actually want to discuss gay marriage. Given a national debate and platform, their tactic is not to argue on behalf of gay families but to throw dozens of distractionary cantrips at their audience like a cheap street illusionist. Recently, Andrew Sullivan asked of the HRC, "Why do they exist? And why should any gay person care?" Foreman, the Cardinal Ratzinger of this Queer Conclave, trots out the future of the established GLBT movement:
At between 4-6 percent of the population, we are simply too small to win equality by ourselves. That means we must build alliances and relationships of trust with other communities and causes. Building these kinds of alliances requires more than words, it requires reciprocal work.
Bluntly put, the LGBT movement has a long history of asking other causes to fight for us and then not being there when those causes have been under attack.
Read the entire press release. Abortion. Anti-war activism. Now, illegal immigration. The GLBT Establishment has a long and consistent history of supporting liberal and left-wing causes unrelated to the struggle of gay families. As three dozen bodies purporting to support the movement meet, we are dishonestly told by the NGLTF that gay activists don't support enough liberal causes. The answer to the GLBT dilemma is more causes, more coalitions, more money and manpower spent on a laundry list of unrelated movements and groups who may or may not support our cause.
(More ranting and video after the jump.)
While gay rights component of the Democratic Party endures a horse-whipping of monumental proportions, courtesy of Howard Dean, we're being told our problem is that gay rights haven't moved adequately leftward. And gay marriage? Forget it. The largest organizations of the GLBT establishment don't want to discuss it.
All of this is nothing in the face of those 23% of GLBT voters who pulled the lever for Republicans in the 2004 election, even though the Federal Marriage Amendment had already been introduced. Are Foreman and other gay leaders in a race with the Republican Party? Who can alienate more gay voters in the shortest amount of time?
And yet, in this current maelstrom of gay political activity, when the self-proclaimed leaders of the movement are vacating the battlefield just as the FMA rises from its rotting grave, there is one woman out there fighting against it. She is hated, reviled, slandered, and loathed by the Gay Left. Yet there she is, on every talk show, giving interviews on any news program she can, appearing in just about any paper medium who will ask.
Mary Cheney. Out there on the national stage, speaking out against the FMA when it should be the Foremans and the Solomneses. While the NGLTF and others fret over how to aid the immigration movement, it is Mary reaching out to the households of Middle America, speaking against the federal amendment.
So here is video of Mary Cheney doing the GLBT Establishment's job. As they meet in D.C. to figure out which unrelated cause to waste millions of gay dollars to uselessly defend, here is one of the most hated figures in the community discussing actual gay issues while the Taskforces and the Human Rights Campaigns of the world waste their time and the gay community's money doing anything but.
Mr. Foreman, no te peudes.
[Watch video – 14:29, WMV format, high bandwidth]
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