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.
And whereas all too many MSM organs downplayed the size of last month’s crowd (which easily reached 350,000 and likely exceeded half a million), they will exaggerate the size of today’s crowd. After all, it fits their narrative, a supposedly oppressed group rallying for its rights. The notion of people rallying for smaller government just doesn’t register with them.
All that said, I’m not really sure today’s march is necessary. The real work that needs doing is changing hearts and minds. And that can’t be accomplished in Washington nor should we try to do that through the institutions of government, but rather by our own increased openness and the process of gentle suasion.