Alex Blaze

GOProud crosses the picket line

Filed By Alex Blaze | June 16, 2010 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: doug manchester, GOProud, Jimmy LaSalvia, Manchester Grand Hyatt

The boycott of the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego has been underway for almost two years, has caused quite a few non-LGBT associations to relocate their conferences to other hotels, is estimated to have cost the hotel $18 million, and has been repeatedly cited in other states as a reason for rightwing businesses not to donate to homophobic ballot initiatives. That two cases to keep names of donors to antigay ballot initiatives secret are working their ways through the federal court system shows that donors have seen what could happen to them if their political donations become known to their client base, no doubt in large part due to the much-publicized and on-going boycott of the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

In May, 2009, the hotel tried to buy out the protesters, offering $100,000 in hotel credit and $25,000 in cash to any LGBT org that would take it. Not much, and it didn't answer the demands of the labor half of the boycott at all (they want to unionize the hotel employees). So no LGBTQ org was willing to take the cash.

Enter GOProud, the newer gay and lesbian conservative org. They're the Rush Limbaugh to the Log Cabin's Barry Goldwater, the offensive-for-the-sake-of-being-offensive-style conservative group. And they're taking the money and becoming the first queer org to cross the picket line and stay at the hotel.

They say that they're trying to win friends instead of making enemies, without even addressing the labor part of the boycott (of course they wouldn't - they're Republicans and they believe that the help is supposed to serve and then shut up instead of asking for a hand-out from their betters like a fair wage or health care). The boycott's still on because the hotel has refused to meet any of the demands or even meet with boycott organizers, but here's GOProud's justification:

Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud, said he was accepting Doug Manchester's olive branch to the gay community.

"We understand that Mr. Manchester has apologized for his support of Prop 8 and has made a substantial monetary commitment to the LGBT community," LaSalvia told On Top Magazine. "We believe strongly that the gay community should be in the business of wining new friends, not making enemies."

It's easier to make friends if you don't want to challenge their beliefs or disagree with them, they're right. People love a doormat, and Republicans love free money.

But if that's your strategy, you shouldn't call your conference "Don't Tread on Me."

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Those "people", and I use the term advisedly, should be marched into the sea.

Jews for Hitler comes to mind.

I am shocked a Republican organization would cross a picket lineā€¦

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | June 16, 2010 10:10 AM

Bill Clinton beat him to it.

"By violating the Manchester Hyatt Boycott, President Clinton will be doing more than just dishonoring the hard work of labor unions and gay activists, he will be casting aside the groundwork we are laying for a broad based, national coalition for equal rights as well as the immediate tasks of achieving marriage equality in California and economic justice for the put upon workers at the hotel."

Cleve Jones

Republican party leaders are people who call us faggots.

Democrat party leaders are people who call us faggots after we leave the room.

The looter rich much prefer working with Democrats like Obama and the Clintons - they're greedier, they fool more people and they're able to get away with a lot more than Republicans.

I wonder if they got the $25,000 in cash now. I wouldn't put it past them.

Rick Sours | June 16, 2010 2:39 PM

This posting brings to mind a wider issue:

There are white males who have sex with other men. Regardless of how they view themselves; they do not see any need to be supportive of LBGT issues. They probably feel they will never be the victim of discrimination due to sexual orientation; then it happens. Sadly if this does occur they may realize the seriousness of LBGT concerns.

And to top it all off GoProud has added Grover Norquist their advisory board. Norquist is a member of the Council for National Policy, a group that is virulently anti-gay.

It was Norquist who in 1980 worked with the late Terry Dolan, a gay man who died of AIDS, to help the Republicans gain control of the Senate and elect Ronald Reagan as the president who could not utter the word AIDS for many years into the pandemic.

Over the years Norquist has been associated with so many anti-gay causes and groups one can only wonder what his anti-gay agenda is now?