I was dismayed to read Alex's post yesterday about The Indiana Word's scurrilous references to me in three different columns of this month's issue. Especially disturbing was the official editorial from publisher Ted Fleischaker. While two-thirds of the editorial was devoted to his criticism of Indianapolis and Louisville Pride events, the last third was nothing more than a personal attack on my character.
That said, will we always question authority and will we always be on guard to see how we are represented? Absolutely! But we can also say that right now, in the present climate and political landscape we are getti1`ng [sic] one hell of a great job from the IE folks. It is a job The Word feels few could or would do with as much finesse and expertise as is being shown. To the blogger (who was, it should be noted in all fairness discharged from a paying job with IE some time back) all we can say is the grapes you are spewing are sour, indeed and we don't appreciate your quoting something so out of date and which is no longer true. You owe a lot of folks an apology!
I'd like to address Fleischaker's incorrect information about my work history. While a little bit of journalism or even a simple Google search could have given him the truth, Fleischaker didn't bother to call or e-mail about any of my relevant articles, my work history or the implications of IE's stance. Instead of defending IE's decision, he decided to attack the messenger.
I worked for Lambda Consulting, the consulting firm that IE pays to do "organizational management" and lobby the Indiana legislature on LGBT issues. I was primarily assigned to assist Indiana Equality with fundraising, event coordination and administrative duties.
The incident was covered on local blogs at the time and a clip was uploaded to YouTube. In my resignation letter I expressed my mortification that his disrespectful actions had spread to television reports and online coverage and that I felt his physical restraint was completely inappropriate.
Since I worked closely with IE, I also sent a farewell e-mail to the board of Indiana Equality with an attached copy of my resignation letter from Lambda Consulting. As part of an e-mail reply, IE leaders Jon Keep and Randy Studt sent, "Recognizing that this is between you and Lambda and not with IE, we wish you well in your employment endeavors."
Another Lambda Consulting principal partner, John Joanette, who has functioned as Indiana Equality's Administrative Agent for the past few years, just published a resignation letter on the Indiana Equality website. The release isn't clear whether or not Joanette has also resigned from Lambda Consulting or why he left. The consulting firm has my permission to release my resignation letter at any time if they'd like to weigh in and help correct the record.
A Logical Fallacy Is Not Questioning Authority
While Fleischaker is demanding I apologize for quoting from a published editorial he wrote, I wonder if he'll apologize for substandard reporting and printing malicious gossip intended to damage my reputation? Instead of engaging on the subject of IE's opposition to the most important piece of federal LGBT rights legislation, Fleischaker resorted to the last resource of an intellectual coward - the ad hominem attack.
The newspaper puts up .pdf versions of the publication instead of utilizing a regular web structure; the February 2007 issue I quoted from has now been taken down.