Expect Better MSM coverage of today’s National Equality March
than we had for last month’s Taxpayer March on Washington
I have blogged only once on today’s National Equality March in the nation’s capital. And I might not have done even that had Bruce not encouraged me to participate in a conference call with the organizers. While impressed with their tone, I was uncertain about their strategy for achieving their seemingly diffuse array of goals. Still, I appreciate the grassroots nature of their endeavor. They do not come from the mainstream gay organizations, thus not bringing with them their partisan baggage and petty animosities.
Still, while they invited both Bruce and me to participate in their conference calls and sent (each of) us regular e-mails, they don’t seem to have done much more to include gay conservative in this event. For example, while there are five people on the speakers’ roster identifying themselves as transgender, there are none identifying as Republicans (though I had seen Michael Huffington’s name on a list released on September 30).
That said, while I did I note the absence of Republicans, I also noted the absence of such supposed leading lights of the gay community as HRC President Joe Solmonese and “Equality California’s” Geoff Kors. Nice to see a move away from the “establishment” gay leadership. Perhaps, with the new tone adopted by the march leaders, we might even, should this march prove to be a galvanizing event empowering its leaders, a new crop of leaders who understand they could benefit the community by reaching out to and working with gay Republicans.
All that said, let me make one prediction (hey, I’ve got a pretty good record on predictions so far this weekend). No matter how large the crowd today, the event will get better press than did the September 12 Taxpayer March on Washington for smaller government. The media is much more comfortable with the leftish mantra of equality than the conservative/libertarian ideal of liberty. (more…)