One of the most heartening things about blogging is not just that it provides the means for gay conservatives (a minority within a minority, as we have been dubbed) to publish our ideas, but also for disgruntled gay liberals to make known their discontent with the gay establishment (or Gay, Inc as it has been dubbed).
In reading blogs like Pam’s House Blend, Queerty and Americablog, to name but a few, I have learned that many gays on the left do not march in lockstep with the Democratic partisans at HRC. Nor, as we have learned in recent days, have they accepted the word of the increasingly partisan GLAAD as gay gospel.
While we here at GayPatriot have taken the ostensible media watchdog to task for honoring a man who spews the type of hate speech against one segment of gay people they would excoriate had he directed similar speech against all gay people, gay lefty bloggers (and blogresses) have faulted the organization for its “public statements supporting AT&T’s merger with T-Mobile” as well as their letter “to the FCC opposing possible net neutrality rules.” GLAAD received money from AT & T.
Gay leftie bloggers are concerned about what one calls, “the corporate hijacking of our movement.”
Now, for the record, we here at GayPatriot oppose the FCC’s attempt to impose net neutrality rules, so we did not wade into the controversy. Yet, what stood out to us (well, to me, at least) was these bloggers were using this new medium to criticize a gay group.
And now we see that, just as in federal legislation action on DADT repeal, their efforts have had a real world impact, “Jarrett Barrios,” as Pam Spaulding reports, “the executive director of GLAAD, has resigned.” At that link and this, Pam has more on the controversy.
Kudos to these folks for standing up to their principles, even if it meant exposing a rift in the gay community. We may not agree with them in their criticism of GLAAD, but we do agree that it is better for our community that Barrios no longer heads one of the leading gay organizations. Now, if only they could be as successful in influencing the board of HRC. . .
UPDATE: On Facebook, Scott Schmidt asks, “Why is it wrong for gay rights groups to side with corporations that support them but not wrong to side with labor unions?”
Good question. Do hope some of those left-of-center gay bloggers use their web-sites to ask it.