Over at West Hollywood Patch, Scott Schmidt, the civic activist once known as BoifromTroy wonders at the outrage over GLAAD and “Equality California” “sending out letters in support of AT&T and its position on Net Neutrality and/or their proposed merger with T-Mobile.” While left-of-center gay bloggers have faulted the groups for sending out letters ostensibly to please corporate donors, they have not criticized them for their alliances with left-wing interest groups. Scott writes:
On the other hand, gay and lesbian groups scarecly come under criticism when making similarly-tenuous links to liberal causes, such as the labor movement. Gay rights activists continue to target Hyatt Hotels, not over Doug Manchester’s bankrolling of Proposition 8, but because the labor unions want to avoid secret ballots for union certification and are targeting Hyatt through a “sleep with the right people” campaign.
Do hope they will take the groups to task for such alliances with liberal groups whose agenda has nothing to do with the average, everyday concerns of most gay Americans.
Such alliances may prevent gay organizations from reaching out to private companies, eager to develop policies benefiting gay and lesbian employees, but wary of union influence, influence which often leads to decreased productivity in private companies.