Signorile: Pressure Works
In a new column in The Advocate, Michelangelo Signorile notes the divide between the grass roots and the Human Rights Campaign evidenced by action that has been taken by the administration only when pressure has been applied. He also has some suggestions for HRC:
"The group has its work cut out for it — both in trying to bridge the divide between the organization and much of LGBT America and regaining the trust it needs from the grass roots and the Net roots if it wants to work together. It can start by really representing the mainstream LGBT thinking on Obama and his promises instead of heaping praise on the president and falling back on its access-at-all-costs strategy, which has never worked. And HRC should acknowledge to the White House that the grass roots is very organized, isn’t happy, and will be marching again. HRC can be a facilitator of that truth rather than apologizing for the administration. Rather than looking increasingly irrelevant, our big D.C. lobbying group could actually make itself look much stronger."