Bil Browning

Do It: Occupy the HRC Manhattan Gala

Filed By Bil Browning | February 02, 2012 10:09 AM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: Goldman Sachs, HRC, Human Rights Campaign, Occupy Wall Street

Talk about tone deaf... The HRC Manhattan gala dinner will honor Goldman Sachs. Thumbnail image for HRC: Equal or Less Than?The Occupy Wall Street offshoot Queer Caucus has announced they will picket the event and I don't blame them in the least. The event is being held at the Waldorf Astoria on Saturday.

The group is condemning the equality group for honoring Goldman Sachs, which QE says helped spur the global financial meltdown.

"The Queer Caucus condemns HRC's decision to honor Goldman Sachs in a time of financial collapse caused by their unethical business practices and greed, and deplores the use of our cause and suffering for corporate public relations," the group wrote in a statement. "HRC honoring Goldman Sachs at this time reveals all one needs to know about the corporate LGBT lobby, and its disconnect from the 99% and the LGBT people it purports to represent."
"We are fortunate to live in a democracy that encourages many diverse points of view," Fred Sainz, HRC's vice president of communication and marketing, tells The Advocate. "The irony is that our programs serve the 99% of the population this group says it represents."

What a load of horse shit; that's the worst spin I've seen out of HRC yet. The sheer chutzpa of saying "the population this group says it represents" as if the Occupy Wall Street movement hasn't demonstrated conclusively that they are concerned about the plight of the 99% is astounding. There's nothing diverse about a small group of super wealthy bankers that continue to fuck over the working class.

I don't give a crap about the programs Sainz touts; that's not the point in the least. There are plenty of other ways to raise needed cash without honoring a company that has increased queer unemployment, housing loss, and played an overwhelming role in the political climate that oppresses us as politicians clamor for the big bucks the Wall Street giant donates to their pets.

If HRC wants to serve the 99%, they should be condemning the financial giant that donates huge amounts to our Republican opponents and not snuggling under the covers with them. If you're in NYC on Saturday, get your ass down to the protest line and help Queer Caucus send a clear message to HRC: civil rights are not for sale.

UPDATE: Former contributor Bo Shuff has started a petition on to withdraw the award from Goldman Sachs. Sign it here.

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