On October 25th, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) will hold a fancy fundraiser at the Hynes Convention center.
All people who believe in social and environmental justice should boycott this event, and never give money to HRC.
Transgender and allied activists across the country have been protesting HRC Galas this year because the organization supported a version of the Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) that did not include protections based on gender identity and expression – the most important protections for all of us who face anti-gay/queer violence and discrimination.
Hundreds of LGBT organizations including PFLAG and NGLTF signed the United ENDA document in opposition HRC’s strategy.
In addition to their weak support of the trans community, HRC has been endorsing conservative candidates for many years.
They endorsed Susan Collins who supported all of Bush’s right-wing justice nominiees. They endorsed Al D’amato who is pro-life and supported Reagan’s horrific budget cuts. The endorsed Mary Bono who has a 20% rating from NARAL and a 36% rating from the NAACP.
Finally, they endorsed Joe Lieberman, who supports John McCain, civil unions, and more war, over his progressive challenger Ned Lamont who was pro-same sex marriage and firmly against the war.
HRC’s top down organizing has divided progressive allies to the LGBT movement, and neglected to recognize that issues of reproductive justice, war, and the environment are important to LGBT people.
Please join the queer community in boycotting the HRC Dinner on October 25th. We’ll be holding a festive demonstration outside the Hynes Convention Center.
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In San Francisco labor, trans, and queer activists created the largest ever protest of HRC. The mayor of Los Angeles backed out from being the keynote speaker because he refuses to cross labor picket lines! One can only hope Bostonians take note!