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Republicans Shut Out From LGBT “Leadership” Town Hall;
SLDN Shut Out from Key White House Meetings on DADT

If I did not, on occasion, check Pam Spaulding’s blog, I would have been unaware that Michelangelo Signorile had hosted a LGBT Leadership Townhall meeting on Thursday afternoon (EST).  Well, it’s probably for the best, given that of the seven speakers (counting Signorile), none were Republicans.  If the organizers of this town hall had wished to accurately reflect the diversity of our community, they would have included at least two Republicans on the panel.

In a post on the summit, Pam reports how she took HRC President Joe Solmonese to task

over his definitive statement at the HRC Carolinas dinner that DADT will be repealed in 2010. . . .  He couldn’t unring the bell, so his position now is he still believes, not knows, it will be repealed, which clearly isn’t what he’s been telling donors.

Kudos to Pam for (yet again) exposing how the HRC head bends over backwards to please his Democratic Party patrons.  Here’s the real news that came out of the summit:

. . .  SLDN has been put in the dog house by the admin because it has been openly critical of the manipulation going on. It’s looking petty and juvenile, in my opinion. Leaving SLDN out of meetings with Jim Messina regarding DADT is ludicrous, so HRC was the “good, compliant gay org” invited. Don’t you remember Obama asking people to challenge him to do the right thing? Well, look what it got SLDN.

Now, Pam and I don’t agree about too much, but it seems we both hold SLDN in pretty high regard.  And yet, the White House, until very recently as per another Pam post, has shut them out merely for standing up for the principles and asking the president on a promise he made as a candidate.  Seems this Administration shows its pettiness even to its erstwhile supporters.

In this post, Pam offers a roundup of reaction to the summit, including this from Kevin Naff’s editorial in the DC Agenda, “HRC, Solmonese in the hot seat“:

There were plenty of barbs sent Solmonese’s way, including a pointed question from Get Equal’s Robin McGehee, who asked if Solmonese and HRC’s David Smith would resign if key LGBT legislative priorities are not achieved this year.  Solmonese responded that his continued employment is up to the HRC board. (Note from Pam -Joe has apparently opened the door for the LGBT community to give the board independent feedback on his performance)

It is too bad gay leaders can hold onto their jobs even in the absence of real accomplishments.  Well, as one less conservatively inclined gay friend once replied when I asked him to detail HRC’s accomplishments, “They do raise a lot of money.”



  1. It is too bad gay leaders can hold onto their jobs even in the absence of real accomplishments.

    Oh, I think it’s fabulous! The left wants everyone they disagree with fired, and think they, their politicians, teachers, other union workers, and everyone they support should be able to keep their jobs no matter what they do.

    If they can’t get rid of Bolognese, perhaps tiny little lightbulbs will start going on.

    Comment by American Elephant — April 25, 2010 @ 4:35 am - April 25, 2010

  2. We should be thankful in a way that HRC doesn’t accomplish too much. I don’t think I’d want to live in an America where most of HRC’s goals are law.

    Comment by eaglewingz08 — April 25, 2010 @ 9:30 am - April 25, 2010

  3. They’re not MY leaders. They have as much to do with my life as Joy Behar. They do no represent me or make visible any of the values I bring to my understanding of being homosexual. I’m tired of having to explain that to people.

    Comment by Ashpenaz — April 25, 2010 @ 10:38 am - April 25, 2010

  4. Zero sympathy for SLDN on this one. They prostitute themselves to the leftist gay organizations like HRC; they can be treated like prostitutes and dumped to the curb when they’re no longer useful.

    Perhaps if they were a real veteran’s organization instead of just a John Kerry-esque attempt to make a community saturated with vicious anti-military bigotry look socially acceptable, this wouldn’t be a problem. But SLDN does nothing but step and fetch for leftist organizations like HRC that endorse and support the Obama Party branding the military as “uninvited and unwelcome intruders” and aiding Code Pink.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — April 25, 2010 @ 3:08 pm - April 25, 2010

  5. You have to wonder why a group of people who otherwise mock and show nothing but disdain for the military are somehow interested in wanting to join it.

    Comment by NYAlly — April 25, 2010 @ 7:27 pm - April 25, 2010

  6. Dan, half the post is inside baseball; the other half is, what else could you expect?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — April 26, 2010 @ 1:06 am - April 26, 2010

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