This is an update to my recent post, "When the HRC Comes to Town" regarding the visit of HRC president Joe Solmonese to Indianapolis and HRC's choice of the Rathskeller as their venue for this event.
I am pleased to bring word that I spoke with Bo Shuff, Associate Field Director covering the Indiana area, today regarding HRC's choice of venue. Mr. Shuff was very gracious; he and HRC heard our voices loud and clear. HRC will be moving this Sunday's meet and greet to a new venue.
Mr. Shuff and HRC will be working with Indiana Equality Region 8 to find a new venue that is close to the Rathskeller, but acceptable to LGBT patrons. HRC was unaware of the strong feelings in the LGBT community generated by the Rathskeller.
Mr. Shuff said he was impressed with our grassroots network here in Indiana. He said he had no idea on Friday when he got the first email that it would turn into a whirlwind by Monday. HRC has been inundated with phone calls and emails. Thank you to everyone who took the time to let HRC know your feelings.
I urge everyone to attend the newly relocated HRC Meet and Greet with Joe Solmonese this coming Sunday. HRC has already signed the contract with the Rathskeller and they will be eating that cost as well as the cost of renting a new facility. A strong show of support from the community would let HRC know that their prompt attention and thoughtful leadership on this issue are appreciated.
As soon as a new venue is announced, we will get the word out quickly. Please keep your calendars clear for Sunday. HRC deserves big kudos for handling this the right way.
Thanks again for making your voices heard.