BY SUNNIVIE BRYDUM
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy organization, has a lot to be proud of this year, and the myriad steps toward progress are all documented in a new video.
HRC was involved in the marriage equality victories in Maryland, Maine, and Washington, as well as defeating a proposed constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage in Minnesota. For the first time in American history, a majority voters in all four locations voted in favor of equality.
The video also highlights a record number of out LGB elected officials, including the nation’s first out Senator, Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin. Of course, the video also highlights president Barack Obama’s endorsement of marriage equality, a statement that made him the first sitting U.S. President to support the freedom to marry.
Click the header link above to watch the official HRC video.
Project Queer: Unfortunately, these ‘victories’ really only affect a privileged few in the gay, lesbian, and multisexual communities. (More specifically, these issues affect the privileged white upper/middle class folks who donate to organisations like the HRC). Most of HRC’s focus is on marriage equality - when not everyone wants to get married. Another big focus of HRC is getting DADT repealed when not everyone believes in war - nor do they support it.
Whether you agree or disagree with marriage or fighting wars, there are more important issues at hand - issues that actually involve HUMAN RIGHTS for ALL like: workplace protections, hate crimes protections, healthcare rights, housing rights, and much more. As usual, very few of these victories directly affect transgender or gender non-conforming people. Why the HRC uses the acronym ‘LGBTQ’ is beyond me.
I refuse to support an organisation that encourages queer assimilation and binarism and leaving minorities behind in the process.