I noticed this morning that HRC is doing a survey to get the community's thoughts on "HRC, the state of our movement, & issues that matter most to you." My interest piqued, I went and took the quick survey.
Two things stand out:
1) Tran rights don't get much more than a cursory mention with a vague reference to ENDA under the choices for "the most important work for HRC this year."
2) Some of the options in the question asking about "the most effective way" for HRC to "bring about change" section are direct rip-offs of other organizations missions.
- "Working to promote a pro-equality message in the media" mirrors GLAAD's "By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality."
- "Supporting the election of fair-minded candidates" is basically a merger of Stonewall Democrats' "mobilizing the LGBT community to get out to vote on Election Day for fair-minded Democrats" and Victory Fund's "The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund works to elect LGBT leaders to public office".
- How about "bringing national attention to serious cases of bullying or discrimination" and "reducing bullying to make it safer for more LGBT young people to live openly" and GLSEN's "...assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression."
With so many of the other LGBT organizations complaining about HRC stepping on their toes and trying to muscle them out of business, is this the smartest way to win friends and allies? I realize that HRC wants to be able to address all the important issues affecting queer people, but some basic respect for the other organizations also seems important.
Several org staffers have complained to me privately over the past couple of months about HRC shoving them out of discussions they should have been involved in while they stepped in as the authorities or undermining the credibility of other orgs. Since DC is a hotbed of gossip and snide cynicism, I've taken most of the complaints with a grain of salt. This survey's options, however, doesn't bode well for any chance of quelling those complaints.