One of the things I most enjoy about reading Michael Petrelis’ blog is that that leftist blogger minces no words when talking about the various gay organizations. I believe he has called them Gay, Inc.
Now, while Michael and I agree that it would be a good thing (very good indeed) for gay Americans if Joe Solmonese stepped down as head of HRC and Geoff Kors left “Equality California,” we would certainly lock horns when the time came to pick their replacements. He’d likely favor someone from the activist mold; I’d pick someone who didn’t have ties to left-wing organizations and Democratic politics. And who knew how to speak Republican.
That said, Petrelis has a post today where he makes a great point about the gulf between gay bloggers (mostly on the left) and gay organizations (also on the left):
Yes, I know this blog post by SF Weekly’s gay writer Patrick O’Connor, who describes himself as “an uppity fag who is sick of everyone making a buck off his marriage,” is one more snark entry against the leading professional gay orgs at the state and federal level and doesn’t break new ground, but it’s still worthy of attention. Why?
Because it’s a shining example of how there are so few gay bloggers, okay, gays in general, who have either EQCA or HRC’s back. It’s damn near impossible to find pro-EQCA or pro-HRC blog posts, or independent thinkers who proudly back the orgs and their way of operating.
Emphasis added. Petrelis then quotes Patrick Connors’ piece in the SF Weekly
Like the Human Rights Campaign’s Joe Solmonese, Geoff Kors from EQCA runs a gay ponzi scheme. Trust them! Invest in the organizations that provide their leaders with fat paychecks and watch the social justice trickle down back to the community. Unfortunately they are gay versions of Bernie Madoff. No on 8 was a multi-million dollar disaster. Why would any sane person support a repeal effort in the hands of EQCA?
Frankly, how can anyone contemplate a repeal effort in 2012 — no matter who is in charge of the campaign? Not only would we be faced with the dubious leadership of EQCA, but the ballot will also be shared again with Barack Obama. That didn’t work very well for us in 2008.
Read the whole thing (both of ’em). Let me conclude with a point where Petrelis and I surely agree: If we want gay marriage, we need new gay leadership.