The HRC/LOGO debate is just two days away. Aren’t ya sooo excited? I can barely contain my gay glee.
Anyway, you may recall the mini-grousing (even among gay lefty/nuts) that went on after the debate panel was announced and all we had was Mr. Abortion & HRC Chief, Joe Solomonese… and renowed
journalist singer Melissa Etheridge. Then they were able to score Margaret Carlson from the mainstream media and (according to HRC) “esteemed journalist” Jonathan Capehart. Ya-huh.
Anyway, apparently some are still touchy about the lack of gravitas on the Gay Debate Panel… here’s a “she’s got gay street cred” whine at HRC’s blog, Back Story (what is with that blog’s title, by the way??)
Melissa Etheridge is no political slouch, however. After she came out during the Clinton Inauguration in 1992, she received a solid political education from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force board member and entertainment lawyer Alan Hergott and his partner Curt Shepard – now a PH.d who heads Government Relations for the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center.
I’m sorry… do entetrtainment lawyers and PhD’s at Gay and Lesbian Centers issue political science diplomas?
Etheridge was also couched [GP Ed. Note — shouldn’t this be “coached“? Way different meaning!] by NGLTF executive director Urvashi Vaid, then HRC executive director Elizabeth Birch (remember the Equality Rocks concert with Tipper Gore on drums?) and more recently, former Vice President Al Gore. Etheridge also has a long history of involvement with environmental issues through rocker Don Henley and she was a vociferous opponent of the anti-gay marriage initiative, Prop. 22, in L.A. She also has had experience with gay family and adoption issues, and of course, healthcare through her recent heroic bout with breast cancer.
Oh, well I – AM – SORRY. Obviously this makes Etheridge more than qualified to question candidates running for President of the United States on live TV. My sincere bad. (*cough*)
It is interesting to note that the original “Etheridge defense” item written by Karen Ocamb who, the HRC must remind you, “has been a journalist for over 30 years“… is dated July 24. I guess HRC is still getting flak over the Etheridge pick if they felt the need to post this just four days ago.
Ah, if only journalists were given professional credentialing by the state…. maybe I’d consider it a profession. But that’s another topic….