June 23rd, 2009
Two more very prominent LGBT Democrats have announced that they will not attend Thursday’s Democratic Fundraiser as a way of voicing their frustrations with the Democratic party. The first one is Chuck Wolfe, president of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. The Washington Blade reports that “an informed source” confirmed that Wolfe will not attend. The biggest surprise, to me at least, was the announcement that Hilary Rosen also has decided not to attend.
Wolfe and Rosen join at least eleven others who have announced they won’t attend the fundraiser. Those declining to attend include Civil Rights Project Director of Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) Mary Bonauto, San Diego City Commissioner and former co-chair of the Obama LGBT Leadership Council Stampp Corbin, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Rea Carey, Utah businessman Bruce Bastion, Vermont Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin, political strategist David Mixer, blogger Andy Towle, Executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda Alan Van Capelle, former Clinton administration aide Richard Socarides, HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse, and Wall Street realtor Corey Johnson. says that:
Many of those who will attend say that they respect and support the intentions of the boycott, and they are going to “carry a message dierctly to the senior DNC leadership.” One is Joan Garry, the former Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) who says:
“…the controversy is about more than a group of people withdrawing from a fundraiser and it’s about more than impatience. I fear that the language of the DOJ brief is causing a crisis of confidence, and I believe the administration needs to address those words head on because words really do matter,” she said.
…When asked to comment on the decisions of others not to attend the event, Garry replied, “the important piece of the puzzle is to be engaged in whatever way makes the most sense for you.”
At least two organizations have announced that they won’t support the fundraiser, although some of those organizations’ board members and other officials will be there representing themselves. The organizations that have announced they won’t be part of the fundraiser include the Stonewall Democrats and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. Two SDLN board members however will attend. None of the board members for the National Black Justice Coalition will attend, although that doesn’t appear to be the result of an official NBJC decision.
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Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"
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